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Hutchison shows progress in second start

Hutchison shows progress in second start
TORONTO -- Drew Hutchison walked away with a no-decision Thursday night in his second career start, but Blue Jays manager John Farrell believes he showed definite signs of improvement.

The 21-year-old located his pitches better than in his Major League debut and Farrell believes there are specific reasons for that.

"I thought he was down in the zone more consistently," Farrell said about Hutchison, who walked one after issuing three free passes in his first outing. "I thought he had more depth to his slider and his four-seam at times was used a little bit more frequently. He created some run with his two-seamer ... he's doing fine right now."

After right-hander Dustin McGowan experienced another setback and will be shut down for at least another two weeks, Hutchison will likely get an extended look in the rotation.

Hutchison, Toronto's No. 7 ranked prospect entering the season according to MLB.com, will take a 1-0 record and 6.10 ERA into his next start against the Rangers.

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TOR Full Game Coverage ONTO -- Drew Hutchison walked away with a no-decision Thursday night in his second career start, but Blue Jays manager John Farrell believes he showed definite signs of improvement.

The 21-year-old located his pitches better than in his Major League debut and Farrell believes there are specific reasons for that.

"I thought he was down in the zone more consistently," Farrell said about Hutchison, who walked one after issuing three free passes in his first outing. "I thought he had more depth to his slider and his four-seam at times was used a little bit more frequently. He created some run with his two-seamer ... he's doing fine right now."

After right-hander Dustin McGowan experienced another setback and will be shut down for at least another two weeks, Hutchison will likely get an extended look in the rotation.

Hutchison, Toronto's No. 7 ranked prospect entering the season according to MLB.com, will take a 1-0 record and 6.10 ERA into his next start against the Rangers.

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