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Thornton feels fine despite poor outing


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Here's the good news coming from White Sox reliever Matt Thornton's two-thirds of an inning during Saturday's 11-9 loss to the D-backs: He felt good on the mound despite allowing six runs on five hits and one walk.

And now here's the better news, delivered by a smiling Thornton.

"I'm just glad we don't play Arizona in the regular season this year," Thornton said. "The results were terrible, but I got my work in. My breaking ball was good. My changeup was terrible. My fastball location I thought was OK. But you can't worry about the results in Spring Training."

Thornton honestly felt that the two worst pitches he threw resulted in his two outs. And with Thornton missing one live batting practice session early in camp due to triceps soreness, it might take him a few appearances to get the location he wants.

"He's coming back from being off awhile," said White Sox manger Robin Ventura of Thornton's second appearance. "It's just a good wakeup call."

"In the first few outings, you're trying to work on things. From the middle of camp to the end of camp, you're trying to bring it all together," Thornton said. "So I'm not really paying attention to results, good or bad, right now. They were very bad today. Physically, I feel awesome. This is the best I've felt in a long time."

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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