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Minus mishaps, Robertson on pace for Opening Day


CLEARWATER, Fla. -- After last spring's mishap, David Robertson can promise one thing: He won't be carrying any boxes down the stairs.

Robertson added to the long list of odd baseball injuries last March when he tumbled down the steps of his Florida home while taking several empty boxes out for recycling.

That's one reason why Robertson, who pitched a scoreless inning with one walk on Tuesday, said he feels like he is more prepared for the season.

"I feel like I'm in better shape; I didn't fall down the stairs yet," Robertson said. "I didn't have to sit out two to three weeks. I just feel like my workouts were good -- so far, so good."

Robertson said he needs about eight or nine appearances to feel ready for the season, and he would like to come into a tight jam to face a few hitters. Otherwise, Robertson feels that he has a good idea of what to do to get ready for the season.

"This is my fifth Spring Training, and it's the same thing: You've got to come in and get command of your fastball," Robertson said. "That's key for me. I throw a lot of fastballs.

"Later in the spring, I'll start mixing in my breaking ball, throwing it more, in the counts that I might really use it in a game in New York; same with the changeup. But for now, it's all about getting that fastball command."

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