Hendriks fired a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday's 9-1 win over the Rangers, recording a strikeout.

Hendriks needed only 11 pitches, eight of which he threw for strikes, to close out Oakland's blowout win. The 28-year-old right-hander likely needed a low-leverage situation like Wednesday's to restore some confidence, considering he'd given up two earned runs apiece in his three prior trips to the mound. Hendriks' ERA remains an unsightly 9.53, but Wednesday's effort closely resembled the dominant pair of appearances that the veteran reliever opened the season with. As per John Hickey of the East Bay Times, despite the struggles, the veteran reliever is encouraged that his pitches have been largely precise this season, as opposed to the significant location problems he encountered during a similarly rough start in 2016. "I don't feel like that at all this year. Now I can throw a two-strike breaking ball and I can throw the fastball where I want to," he said. "I'm getting a fair amount of swings and misses on my fastball. So I know that my fastball is there. I'm not far away."

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