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Vogelsong caught between old and new delivery

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Ryan Vogelsong is in the midst of a minor transformation in his delivery.

After noticing a dip in his arm angle last season, the Giants right-hander has placed an emphasis on bringing his arm directly over the top of his body and following through downward. He said it'll eliminate some unwanted spin on his fastball.

In Saturday's Cactus League contest against Seattle, Vogelsong found himself caught up between the two, and the results weren't pretty.

"I worked all winter on changing my delivery a little bit, and I just got stuck in between the old way and the new way," said Vogelsong, who allowed seven runs (five earned) on six hits and a walk over 2 1/3 innings in the Giants' 18-3 loss. "I couldn't get myself to do what I wanted to do. But I felt fine. I wasn't as off as it looked."

Such is the purpose of Spring Training. Vogelsong is making an adjustment, and there's no better time to do so than in spring games.

But Vogelsong certainly would've liked better results, and he said he's got some homework to do before his next outing.

"I internalize a lot," Vogelsong said. "That's how you learn. I'm not just going to brush it off and say it was a bad outing. You need to analyze and fix, so that's what I'll do."

In the first inning, Vogelsong left a changeup over the middle of the plate to Brad Miller, and it wound up in the standing-room area behind right field. Four batters later, Michael Saunders drilled a backdoor cutter into the Giants' bullpen -- the second two-run homer of the frame.

Vogelsong settled down a bit after that, but he was hurt by his own fielding error in the third. He couldn't handle a high chopper, and his outing was over one batter later.

"He's trying to get more of his angle back," manager Bruce Bochy said. "That will help any pitcher, but he knows it's important for him. Keep that arm slot, and get that good angle."

AJ Cassavell is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.
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