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Jenks makes spring debut

3/3/2011

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox pitcher Bobby Jenks made his Grapefruit League debut Thursday against the Philadelphia Phillies at City of Palms Park and the right-hander reliever was very pleased.

He worked one scoreless inning and allowed only a double to the Phillies’ Shane Victorino.

“It went a little better than I expected,” Jenks said. “I made some really good pitches and I threw the ball, for the most part, exactly where I wanted to today. All in all, it was a really good day.”

“My delivery was great,” added Jenks. “My velocity I don’t care about until the season. As long as I’m feeling healthy, feeling strong, and as far as my mechanics, I felt sound today.”

The hard-throwing closer turned setup guy worked on his cutter, sinker four-seam fastball and his changeup during his 12-pitch outing. He did say he’s hoping to work his changeup in a bit more this season. In fact, the double he surrendered was on changeup.

“It should have been a changedown,” Jenks said jokingly.

Jenks said he was feeling a little nervous before the game in his new uniform, but once he took the mound it was back to normal.

“I thought the ball came out of his hand really well,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. “I think he’s been a notoriously slow starter in spring training, but the ball came out of his hand really good.”