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Johan Santana gives up five runs but feels good

Mar 16, 2012, 5:58 PM EDT

Johan Santana AP

Johan Santana thinks there’s no reason for concern after he gave up five runs — four earned — in 2 2/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Tigers.

ESPN’s Adam Rubin has the quotes:

I was able to throw some fastballs with more intensity this time. And I’m feeling good. It’s a process. And I’m building up.

I feel fine. It was a tough day. It was a challenge out there. These guys were swinging. I tried to locate some pitches that I wasn’t able to. But that’s what we’re here for. … I wasn’t consistent throwing my fastball for strikes. That’s something you work on.

Santana, who is coming off shoulder surgery, showed his best velocity of the spring, hitting 90 and 91 mph on the gun more frequently than he had in his previous two starts. That didn’t lead to any strikeouts today, but it’s still a good sign. He’s still penciled in for Opening Day.

  1. tigerman3 - Mar 16, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    He might have felt good but the tigers left 5 starters behind in Lakeland including Cabbera and he still gave up 5 runs.

  2. Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Mar 16, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    I don’t care if it’s for the Mets or any other team, I would really love to see him at the top of his game again. His last few years in Minnesota were some of the best baseball I’ve ever seen.

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