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Control of his fastball gives Angels' Garrett Richards more weapons

Control of his fastball gives Angels' Garrett Richards more weapons

TEMPE, Ariz. — With a fastball he can dial up to 97 mph, a big overhand curve and a sharp-breaking slider, Garrett Richards has the kind of electric stuff to average at least one strikeout an inning. But the less the 25-year-old right-hander tries to blow pitches by hitters, the better he seems to do. Richards threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings in a 5-2 exhibition victory over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday, giving up three hits, walking three and striking out two. Of the 19 outs he recorded, 13 came on ground balls. "Fastball command, a lot of ground balls, a lot of early contact — that's the kind of pitcher I am, and that's the mentality I'm going to take into...

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