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Pirates Notebook: Taillon Focuses on Keeping Things the Same From One Start to Next

Taillon makes his second start of the season tonight. Photo Credit: Tim Williams
Pirates Notebook: Taillon Focuses on Keeping Things the Same From One Start to Next

PITTSBURGH — Of all of the Pirates’ starting pitchers, Jameson Taillon might have had the best 2017 debut. The Pirates lost, 3-0 to the Red Sox on April 5, but Taillon went seven scoreless innings, giving up five hits and striking out six.

After a spring full of tinkering and fine-tuning his approach on the mound, the challenge going forward for Taillon will be to put his first start success in a bottle and repeat it every five days.

“I liked the way I threw in Boston,” Taillon said. “Not just results-wise, but feeling-wise, the way the ball was coming out. The curveball playing into the fastball. I’d love to bottle that up and take it out every time.”

Taillon is only 25 and will be making just his 20th major-league start on Tuesday, but manager Clint Hurdle said he approaches the...

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