GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Gavin Floyd's four runs in 4 2/3 innings may not sound like the ideal way to close out the Cactus League, but the No. 3 arm in the White Sox rotation wasn't concerned about the results with the season set to open Friday.
"I feel real good," Floyd said. "Occasionally, today, I lost some curveball and fastball location, but I got it back, figured it out, made an adjustment and just got back to focusing on my mitt and relaxing."
Floyd threw about 80 pitches, yielding seven hits and two walks while striking out four. He left the game with a two-run lead, but the Brewers rallied for nine runs after he left to put a damper on Chicago's Cactus League finale. His ability to adjust, refocus, and relax after a rough inning bodes well for the adjustments he'll need to make as he moves from Camelback Ranch to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, where he'll pitch Sunday to close the three-game opening series.
"Everybody's adrenaline gets going [in a big league park]," Floyd said. "You get excitement. But you have to try to bottle that up, and try to be the same no matter what, whether it's a 'B' game or a simulated game. It's natural to get a little extra adrenaline. As a pitcher, when you get experienced, you try to calm yourself down and simplify things."
Floyd has experience, having posted a 58-55 record and a 4.50 career ERA in 165 games over eight seasons with the Phillies and White Sox, but he hasn't stopped trying to develop as a pitcher, expanding his arsenal over the course of the 2012 Cactus League season.
"I worked on my changeup, I worked on a cutter, I worked on using both sides of plate with all my pitches," Floyd said. "I'm trying to refine things, trying to get better as a pitcher. Things have been going real well."