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Owings pleased with outing vs. Giants

Owings pleased with outing vs. Giants

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Micah Owings thought his command was fine in his outing Monday against the Giants.

And it was, but not until after the first couple of innings.

The right-hander walked four and threw a wild pitch while allowing four runs in 5 1/3 innings. This spring he is 0-2 with a 9.77 ERA and has walked 13 in 15 2/3 innings.

"I felt good," Owings said. "Corrected a few things from early on and felt like I got in a good groove there."

Owings walked a pair of batters in the first inning, one in the second and one in the third.

"I look at it as a good thing in the sense that he started out a little rough in his last two starts with his command and has improved over the course of the game," pitching coach Bryan Price said. "I think there's still some room to tighten up the delivery a little bit and also control the effort level. I think he just comes in blowing and going, and I think it's almost like a reliever's mentality. As a starter, he's got to settle in better early and not show so much effort in the delivery."

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Owings will have one more start before the regular season to finish fine-tuning his mechanics. Earlier this spring he moved from the left to the right side of the pitching rubber, but has since moved back after being displeased with the results.

"I think early on in spring I was playing with a lot of things," Owings said. "Moving to the other side of the mound, I was playing with different pitches, trying to throw more offspeed here and there. It just kind of took me away from what I usually do, and as a result, I was falling behind. I'm not concerned. I don't think anybody should be concerned because the minute you start getting concerned you start pressing."

In the sixth inning, Owings got Dave Roberts to ground out to lead off the frame, and after a single by Rajai Davis, Fred Lewis crushed a 3-1 pitch over the 40-foot-high batter's eye, 405 feet away. Bengie Molina followed with a homer of his own and Owings' day was through after 92 pitches.

"The last two guys just got away from him a little bit," D-backs manager Bob Melvin said. "Maybe he was a hair tired."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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