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Lannan adjusts pitching out of stretch

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies right-hander John Lannan solved something on Saturday he preferred to solve in March than April, or later.

He had difficulty pitching out of the stretch in the third inning of a 15-7 loss to the Rays at Bright House Field. He allowed four runs in the inning, as the Rays started putting good swings on the ball and taking more pitches.

Lannan made a mechanical adjustment for the fourth and worked on pitching out of the stretch a little more later in the bullpen.

"It was good to figure it out now," he said.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for

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