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Kevin Gausman learning how to pitch in majors, plus other notes

Kevin Gausman learning how to pitch in majors, plus other notes

Right-hander Kevin Gausman keeps maturing before our eyes.

And Orioles manager Buck Showalter may have paid the 24-year-old Gausman the ultimate compliment after the Orioles' 2-0 victory against the Boston Red Sox on Monday night.

“He pitched as much as threw today,” Showalter said.

We all know that Gausman routinely can throw his fastball at 97 mph and can reach back for a little extra juice when necessary. But on Monday he didn’t rely solely on his four-seam fastball. He mixed his pitches effectively, specifically his split-fingered fastball.

In his sixth and final inning, Gausman struck out Travis Shaw and Pablo Sandoval on near-identical...

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