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Charlie Morton To Change Sinker

The Trib writes that, after consecutive poor starts against the Cardinals and Reds, the Pirates' Charlie Morton will make adjustments to his sinker, which previously had been deadly against right-handed batters.

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"The one thing that I was really good at last year was getting ground balls from righties," he said. "They weren’t hitting me. To have given up four home runs now — all to righties and to deep parts of the park — it’s the kind of feedback where you have to look at it objectively and say there’s something you have to do a little bit different."

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Morton allowed six home runs all of last season, so the four home runs he's allowed in his last three starts (including bombs by Todd Frazier and Drew Stubbs in Sunday's 5-0 loss) have to feel momentous for him. More broadly, the issue is that hasn't gotten as many ground-ball outs in his last couple starts as he did in the past.

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