PITTSBURGH — In his short major-league career, Chad Kuhl has had a recurring problem where in some of his starts, he overthrows his sinker. When a sinker is thrown too hard, it doesn’t sink as sharply, leaving it up in the zone and more susceptible to be hit hard in the air.

For a guy that leans pretty heavily on that pitch, that can be a big issue and it’s something that Kuhl’s worked on a lot since making his MLB debut in 2016. But there’s no replicating the conditions of a game in a big-league ballpark with 33,004 people in the stands and a team in a tight battle on the scoreboard.

That was the situation Kuhl faced on Saturday against the Atlanta Braves. But unlike some of Kuhl’s starts last season, when the control of his fastball wasn’t on point in the early going, it didn’t sno...

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