Rafael Soriano on His Recent Shaky Outings, How to Improve

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Rafael Soriano on His Recent Shaky Outings, How to Improve
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Rafael Soriano stood out in right field during Wednesday’s batting practice, as his teammates shagged balls, and spent most of the time chatting with pitching coach Steve McCatty. The conversation was typical of the long season: the pitching coach and a pitcher talking about strategy and sharing scouting reports on opposing hitters. But earlier in the day, Soriano watched video of Tuesday’s shaky performance in which he surrendered a two-run home run with a three-run lead in the ninth before notching the save. The issue over his past two outings, his worst of the young season with a new team, he said was that he didn’t have the correct feel for his pitches. Over the course of a long season, pitchers sometimes lose the feel of their breaking balls and Soriano couldn’t rely on his slider.

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