Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett made his Cactus League debut on Tuesday, and though his outing was impressive he was more concerned with the process.
"I got my pitches in, and that's the most important thing. I made some good pitches," Beckett said. "I don't think you take too much from the results. I've been working on a lot of things."
Beckett allowed a hit and a walk in two scoreless innings, and struck out three Giants. It didn't go perfectly for him, as even though he struck out his final batter Guillermo Quiroz with a high curve ball, Beckett said he was trying to bounce that pitch.
But more importantly, Beckett was able to apply some adjustments suggested to him by Sandy Koufax during the left-hander's first few days at Camelback Ranch.
"A lot of it's just trying to get more straight and direct to the plate," Beckett said. "He felt by watching video - and I worked with him 10 years ago, so he has a working idea of where I need to be - I don't think my lines were as direct as they need to be."
Beckett was with the Marlins when he first met Koufax, in 2003. Beckett, then 23, went 9-8 with a 3.04 ERA for Florida that season, and went 2-2 with a 2.11 ERA in the postseason, including a two-hit shutout in the clinching Game 6 of the World Series against the Yankees.
"You can imagine as excited as I was seeing him this year, already knowing him, you can imagine how excited as I was 10 years ago," Beckett said. "He was only there two or three days, but it was pretty special."
The adjustment from Koufax will help Beckett most while pitching out of the windup, something Beckett said he did only one since the end of last season before Tuesday.
Dodgers spring training 2013: Adjustments key for Josh Beckett in Cactus League debut
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