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Bruney coming around after sluggish start

Bruney coming around after sluggish start

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WASHINGTON -- After getting off to a slow start, right-hander Brian Bruney hasn't allowed an earned run in his last four appearances. A productive Bruney means that right-hander Tyler Clippard doesn't have to pitch in the seventh and eighth innings. Manager Jim Riggleman would like to have Bruney pitch in one of those situations.

Although he has pitched well of late, Bruney said all of his pitches aren't working except for his fastball and he acknowledged that can't go on for long.

"My cutter is not where I want it to be. I feel like I have to go out there with one pitch," Bruney said. "My first few outings, I got into a little overthrowing, trying to do a little too much. When you do that, your mechanics go, your breaking ball is gone. Against Colorado, I finally felt like I threw my first good cutter of the year. So we are going to try to build off that."

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