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Luzardo made a strong impression during his first time facing live hitters Tuesday, Martin Gallegos of reports.

The young left-hander has been looking forward to demonstrating some offseason improvements he made to his breaking ball, but Luzardo went to his tried-and-true heater on his first pitch to a hitter this spring and clocked 98 mph on the radar gun. Gallegos reports Luzardo went on to generate several swings and misses during what was a 30-pitch outing, prompting manager Bob Melvin to marvel at how good the 23-year-old looked right from the jump.

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