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Miller to focus on fastball command before start

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ATLANTA -- Shelby Miller will carry a four-game winning streak into his next start, scheduled to come in Pittsburgh on Sunday. He intends to make sure that he takes the mound with improved fastball command, too.

Frustrated by inconsistent command of his fastball, particularly when throwing it to the third-base side of the plate, Miller said he plans to throw about 40 fastballs in his between-starts bullpen session this week to try to get a better feel for the pitch. The righty has too frequently been missing off the plate with it.

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"That's my best pitch, and I feel like if I have that, everything else falls into place," Miller said. "It will come along. It's still early, and I'm still trying to grind out some of the mechanical issues."

Though the Cardinals have won four of the seven starts Miller has made, the 23-year-old right-hander has not felt fully in sync in any of those outings. The walks (23 in 39 1/3 innings) are an indication of that, as is the fact that Miller has yet to pitch into the seventh.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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