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It’s that time of year where we start up our favorite game, the Chris Archer Changeup Watch. Archer was on the hill against the Red Sox in Fort Myers, and he said that he felt really good, and that he threw a lot of changeups (some of which the scoreboard called sliders), including changeups to righties:

Today’s the best I’ve felt all spring, I was able to face a really good team, get a lot of outs, and get outs in ways that I typically wouldn’t . . . you know, a lot of changeups, got a lot of great feedback. Not all of them were strikes, but high quality pitches.

There’s also postgame audio from Ryan Yarbrough (who was not pleased with his sequencing):

And from Kevin Cash, who talked more about Archer’s changeup, and who agreed with Yarbrough on the sequencing issue:

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The plan is to have four capable of working two to four innings, roughly up to 50 to 60 pitches, then getting two or three days to recover (and also to have options to be sent down and replaced by a fresh arm). Then three of their other four — from a group led by Sergio Romo, out-of-options Chaz Roe and maybe either Jose Alvarado or Dan Jennings — will be available to be used for one-plus inning work and expected to be available on shorter rest. Closer Alex Colome primarily will work one inning, but occasionally extended.

  • Today’s lineup:

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