INDIANAPOLIS - Steven Brault didn’t have good command of his slider during his last start on July 4, so he made some quick adaptations to his approach.

And that resulted in a solid performance, allowing just one earned run in six innings. Three of Brault’s innings were extremely efficient, but he threw 20-plus pitches in his other three innings. He didn’t have his best slider, so he made adjustments, most notably throwing more changeups than he normally would.

That’s a change from last season. Brault didn’t feel confident to fall back on pitches other than his fastball and slider, which he considers a key part of his development. And some of the credit for that development goes to Indianapolis reliever Dan Runzler.

“I’ve talked to him a lot about it,” Brault said. “He’s big on a b...

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