Reed Considers Slider Vital to Second-Year Success

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Reed Considers Slider Vital to Second-Year Success
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Addison Reed threw six sliders and nine fastballs Monday in his 15-pitch save to preserve a 1-0 Opening Day win against the Royals. A slider induced a game-ending groundout to shortstop from Jeff Francoeur, stranding Eric Hosmer at second base as the tying run. To have even greater success than his single-season franchise rookie record 29 saves in 2012, Reed knows mixing in the slider will play an important role, even if those sliders Monday weren't perfect in his mind.

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