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Below Deck: Brault ‘getting closer’ after learning to loosen up

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Steven Brault is 2-3 with a 2.54 ERA this season. - ADAM PINTAR / INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

ATLANTA -- Baseball was not nearly as fun for Steven Brault as it once was. He stressed over allowing a hit, and the self-proclaimed "weirdo" of the Indianapolis Indians' clubhouse became a bundle of nerves on the mound.

Cold and serious while pitching made him erratic once he got recalled to the Pirates last June. Thinking about his brother, and a conversation with his new manager, has the left-handed starting pitcher having more fun than ever and on the fast track to returning to the major leagues sooner rather than later.

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