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Withrow benefits with aggressive approach

Withrow benefits with aggressive approach

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Expected to make the trip to Australia on Sunday evening, Dodgers right-hander Chris Withrow is happy to be leaving Arizona with two consecutive sharp outings under his belt following a shaky start to the spring.

In his first three Cactus League appearances, Withrow allowed four runs (three earned) on three hits and six walks over 4 1/3 innings. Recently, the righty attacked the zone more, resulting in a perfect inning of work on Wednesday against the D-backs followed by another clean frame on Friday vs. the Cubs.

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"It's always good to get a couple good outings in a row," Withrow said. "Early on, you're trying to work on a few things, but after that it's good to kind of get on a roll before the season starts up so maybe you can continue and carry that on."

Withrow, who compiled a 2.60 ERA in 26 relief appearances for the Dodgers last year, has labored to limit his walk rate throughout his six seasons of pro ball and despite issuing seven free passes so far this spring, the 24-year-old flame-thrower believes he's making steady strides with his command.

"It's something I've struggled with my whole career, so it comes down to being more aggressive," Withrow said. "I have to make them put the ball in play. I've been feeling good and hopefully, I continue to improve."

Tyler Emerick 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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