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First outing a good test for Floyd

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Gavin Floyd threw almost an even split of fastballs and offspeed pitches in Tuesday's 4-4 tie against Team USA, with the right-hander approaching the contest like a normal outing. He was happy with the offspeed movement but thought he was a little fast on the fastball.

"A little quick maybe because of the adrenaline. Just some things to fine tune," said Floyd, who allowed two hits and fanned three over 2 2/3 innings, throwing 27 of his 50 pitches for strikes. "You try to get a little extra giddy-up on it and try to overthrow it a little.

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"After four months without competition, it's all new again. That's why we're here, to get back in the swing of things again and get used to it. It comes back pretty easy. I'm glad the first one is under my belt and I can focus on the next one. Sometimes you overdo it. It takes the whole Spring Training sometimes to figure it out."

Floyd was sidelined last year by right elbow tendinitis and then a right elbow flexor strain, but those injuries no longer are playing on his mind.

"I don't feel it out there at all, especially how many offspeed I threw today. It felt good. Non-issue, I guess," Floyd said. "I'm not really concerned because in Florida [during the offseason], I was throwing off mounds three or four times and it felt good then."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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