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Mike Adams works on changeup, curve

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Reliever Mike Adams admitted that making the transition from the San Diego Padres, where he played four nearly four seasons, to the Texas Rangers wasn't easy.

"Everything was different," Adams said. "From how they do things, to expectations, to learning new hitters, to how things work before and after games. I was stuck in San Diego last year. Now, I'm not. I'm comfortable here and I know what to expect now."

Adams hopes that makes a difference in his approach in 2012. He was 2-3 with a 2.10 ERA in 25 2/3 innings following the club's trade deadline deal for him. But he didn't pitch as well as he wanted at times and felt worn down by the end of the season.

Offseason hernia surgery meant that he didn't get on a mound before spring training began, while the other pitchers had thrown a handful of bullpen sessions prior to arriving in Surprise. Adams says he feels caught up now and is focused on fine-tuning things for the season.

He pitched in a minor league game on Tuesday and gave up a two-run homer in 2/3 innings pitched with a walk and a strikeout on 27 pitches.

"If you look at the line, it wasn't that good," Adams said. "But I was working on things and not worried about the results. My focus in that game was throwing my changeup more and trying some things with my curve ball."

Adams said he wants his changeup to be more of a weapon for him this season and that he'd like to work the curve in every once in a while.

"My biggest problem with it is not throwing it at the right time," Adams said. "Mike talked to me about that. I was trying to make it an out pitch and it's not an out pitch for me."

Adams wants to show that he can be more consistent as the season approaches. He's had some uneven outings and wants to begin to get things in order as the spring training games dwindle. Adams, who has just three Cactus League innings (and has allowed two runs in those innings) will pitch in tonight's game against the Giants in Scottsdale.