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Ruffin returns to Majors after pitching lessons

Ruffin returns to Majors after pitching lessons


KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Chance Ruffin, who earned a September callup with the Mariners after a strong finish for Triple-A Tacoma, thinks he's a different pitcher from when he last appeared in the Major Leagues nearly two years ago.

"I'm a little bit more methodical," Ruffin said. "I'm more of a guy who knows how to pitch and not just throwing. I've learned a lot in the last couple of years."

After moving back to the bullpen with Tacoma, Ruffin had a 1.74 ERA in 13 appearances. He struck out 19 and walked only three during that span.

"Just throwing strikes was the biggest difference," Ruffin said.

Mariners manager Eric Wedge doesn't have a specific bullpen role in mind for Ruffin. Game situations and matchups will dictate when Wedge might use him.

"He has earned the right to be up here," Wedge said. "He did a tremendous job making the [bullpen] adjustment. He really helped himself a great deal this year. He has kind of calmed his delivery a little bit. He's more under control, more consistent with his delivery and arm slot."

Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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