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Yoshinobu Yamamoto's Dodgers debut, following his record-breaking contract as a starting pitcher, lasted only one inning and saw him charged with five earned runs, nearly a quarter of his total from the prior season in Japan.

Despite a rough spring training, Yamamoto's second start showcased improvement as he kept the St. Louis Cardinals scoreless through five mostly dominant innings.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts commented on Yamamoto's confidence and pride, emphasizing his determination to perform well for his home debut.

Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly struggled in the seventh inning, leading to a 6-5 loss despite Yamamoto's encouraging performance.

Yamamoto attributed his improved performance to feeling calm and regaining his pitching rhythm.

Dodgers assistant pitching coach Connor McGuiness attributed Yamamoto's initial struggles to nerves but praised his ability to bounce back and showcase his talent.

Yamamoto's pitches, including his splitter, curveball, and upper-90s four-seam fastball, showed effectiveness, with his fastball finding the strike zone more consistently than in his previous outings.

Yamamoto made subtle adjustments in his pitching mechanics, which helped improve his delivery and synchronization, according to Roberts.

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