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Reliever Mychal Givens leaning on slider more in second Orioles season

Reliever Mychal Givens leaning on slider more in second Orioles season

Orioles right-hander Mychal Givens is still new to certain nuances of relief work. He has less than 40 innings of major league experience, and this is just his fourth season pitching since converting from a middle infielder.

But Givens realizes that his success in the Orioles bullpen will depend on his ability to throw both his mid-90s fastball and his slider for strikes in any count.

"Just being confident in my command" is important, Givens said. "And being able to go out there and me, starting as a pitcher in '13, [trying] to develop each pitch and [get] the consistency" with it.

Last year, when Givens made the jump from Double-A Bowie, he was...

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