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Orioles can tell 'there's a real confidence there' as Kevin Gausman shines again in loss

Orioles can tell 'there's a real confidence there' as Kevin Gausman shines again in loss

Kevin Gausman’s splitter, devastating when at its best, is only truly so when he’s got the fastball command to back it up. Tuesday was one of those nights, even if the Orioles wasted it.

Gausman used the pitch liberally against a free-swinging Chicago White Sox lineup that whiffed on a career-high 25 of his pitches, and backed it up with a fastball that he's commanded better of late than ever before, en route to 6 1/3 shutout innings in another tough-luck Orioles loss that had little to do with him.

"I had really good feel for my fastball — felt like I was able to throw it consistently when I needed to, and when I can throw a fastball down and away consistently,...

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