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 TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -New York Yankees reliever Kyle Farnsworth is ready for a fresh start.
After a year in which Farnsworth said he had communication problems with Joe Torre, the big right-hander is hoping for a better result under new manager Joe Girardi.
``It's tough when you lose the confidence of your manager,'' Farnsworth said Thursday. ``You come in and prepare yourself day in and day out, and you have no clue about anything.''
Farnsworth went 2-1 with a 4.80 ERA in 64 games last season, but never threw more than one inning in an outing. He pitched in consecutive games just five times, and three straight days twice.
``I don't know how that came about,'' he said.
Farnsworth battled occasional problems with his back last season, yet said he could have pitched on consecutive days more often. His back has not been an issue this spring.
Girardi played with Farnsworth with the Chicago Cubs, which is giving the pitcher a comfort zone.
``It's definitely good to have,'' Farnsworth said.
Farnsworth joined the Yankees in 2006.
``I think he'll benefit because it's his third year here,'' Girardi said.
New pitching coach Dave Eiland held a video session with Farnsworth at the start of the spring training and made a change in his mechanics. Farnsworth's arm at times couldn't catch up with the rest of his body, so now he separates his arms earlier in the delivery.
Farnsworth threw a scoreless inning in Thursday's game against Cincinnati.
``Everything felt nice and easy and free,'' Farnsworth said. ``It went well today.''
Notes: Former Yankees INF Andy Phillips, in camp with the Reds, feels his friend and former teammate, Yankees LHP Andy Pettitte, will not be distracted this season by the investigation into whether Roger Clemens lied to Congress. ``It's gut-wrenching, knowing what a man he is,'' Phillips said. Pettitte is in the middle of a dispute between ex-teammate Clemens and Brian McNamee, the former trainer of the two pitchers. Pettitte told Congressional lawyers that Clemens informed him nearly a decade ago that he used human growth hormone. Clemens has denied using performance-enhancing substances.
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