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Delgado lacks control in first spring start


SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Randall Delgado would certainly like a do-over after his first outing as a member of the D-backs.

The right-hander, who was acquired in the trade that sent Justin Upton to the Braves, allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits on Monday, lasting just one inning in his first start of spring.

"I felt physically ready, but obviously a little bit out of control, missing location," Delgado said. "I was leaving the ball a little bit up. I felt good in the bullpen. When I got into the game, I felt out of control."

Delgado is competing with Tyler Skaggs and Patrick Corbin for the fifth spot in the rotation.

"He didn't have very good command of his pitches, and it seems like when his pitches are down, they move more, and gets them up, they straighten out," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "He didn't look like he had much confidence in his secondary pitches. He's got a really good changeup. He didn't stay with that. Breaking ball was not really sharp."

Delgado will have plenty of time to make a better impression, though he'll have to do it in a relief role. He is slated to follow Wade Miley on the mound on March 2.

"It's normal. The first time, you're not going to be comfortable," he said. "I just try to keep focus for the next one."

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