Matt Harvey gives up one hit over four scoreless innings vs. Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES — Matt Harvey fired a second-inning fastball that felt noticeably good coming out of his hand; better than any pitch had felt in a long time. He peeked at the right-field scoreboard to check whether the radar gun validated his inclination.

It read 96 mph.

“I hadn’t seen that in a while,” Harvey said. “It was good to know it’s still in there.”

Harvey breezed through four scoreless innings in his Cincinnati Reds debut on Friday night, giving up only one hit — on a fly ball that should have been caught — and striking out two batters in a matchup against the struggling Los Angeles Dodgers, setting the tone in an eventual 6-2 victory at Dodger Stadium.

Harvey, on a limited pitch count for what represented his first start in more than three weeks, required only 55 pitches to record 12 outs. Thirty-two of them were strikes and two of them reached a season-high velocity of 95.8 mph.

“It’s a good first start,” Harvey said, his 2018 ERA dropping from 7.00 to 6.10. “Obviously it’s

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