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Adjustments help Purcey regain big league success

Adjustments help Purcey regain big league success

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Adjustments help Purcey regain big league success

DETROIT -- David Purcey is making the most of his latest opportunity in the big leagues this season after last pitching with the Tigers in 2011.

Purcey struggled with his command during his stint with Detroit, walking 20 batters over 18 2/3 innings while also giving up 15 runs.

"For me, when I was going bad, I was walking guys," Purcey said. "That just put extra guys on base, and you can't do that. It wasn't like I was inconsistent getting over the plate and guys were hitting me. In fact, ideally I wish I would have rather had that than walking guys because you're giving you're team a chance. With every struggle as pitcher you're going to grow.

Although the left-hander allowed three runs on six hits in 1 2/3 innings on Friday, he's only given up six earned runs over 24 appearances. Between July 19 and Sept. 13, Purcey only allowed one earned run in 20 2/3 innings. While he's only made small changes from his time in Detroit to now with the White Sox, they've paid dividends for his success.

"A couple of changes where my hands are and just getting myself to be more comfortable on the mound, staying a little bit more natural throwing on the mound now," Purcey said. "Before, I was kind of fighting it here and there, and I would get out of it. Now, it just feels more natural to me being on the mound, and the way I go after hitters now just feels more comfortable to me."

Bobby Nightengale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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