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Lynn pleased with command in spring debut


PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The new-look Lance Lynn made his first Grapefruit League appearance on Wednesday and spoke afterward about being encouraged with both how he felt and his ability to command the strikezone.

Down about 40 pounds since the last time he faced hitters, Lynn threw 20 of his 27 pitches against the Mets for strikes. He allowed four hits -- including a two-run homer -- but also struck out three. It was the first of what is expected to be six spring starts for Lynn, who is penciled in to be the team's No. 4 starter this season.

"You always just want to go out there and make sure you feel good getting out of the first one," Lynn said. "For me, it was just throwing strikes with all my pitches. I wasn't worried about striking anyone out on a certain pitch. I just wanted to throw in the strike zone. That's a good one to build off of."

Though Lynn is still building up arm strength -- as all pitchers are doing at this point in spring -- he suggested that the weight loss could have been behind a discernible difference he felt regarding his endurance.

"Today it was easy throwing strikes," Lynn said. "It was easy just to throw. I didn't feel like I was trying at all. I don't know if it was because of that [weight loss] or that it was two innings and I threw only 27 pitches. But everything felt easy and it was working. That's somewhere to build off of."

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