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Garland working on adding cut fastball

Garland working on adding cut fastball

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Veterans tend to use Spring Training to work on things.

For Jon Garland, that means adding a cut fastball to his repertoire as well as using his curveball more.

"That's the one thing I'd like to have down by the end," Garland said of the cutter.

Garland allowed one hit -- a solo homer by Dayan Viciedo -- over two innings in his Arizona debut.

For Chad Tracy, Spring Training gives him a chance to get comfortable at third base again.

Tracy played just two games at the hot corner last year after undergoing knee surgery in 2007. With most of his 2008 action coming at first base, Tracy has to get used to seeing the ball come off the bat from a different angle.

This year, Tracy, who had two assists and one error on the day, once again figures to see most of his playing time at first, but the team would also like to be able to use him at third on occasion.

"It felt a little weird, but it felt better as the game went on," Tracy said. "I'm going to need to see some balls over there."

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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