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Marquis adds changeup with Hoffman's help


PEORIA, Ariz. -- Looking to add a changeup this spring, Padres pitcher Jason Marquis didn't have to go far to find an apt teacher.

Marquis, who made his Cactus League debut on Thursday, sought former Padres closer Trevor Hoffman, now a front office special assistant who has been in camp on occasion this spring.

"Why not take advantage of the greatest reliever in the game?" Marquis said.

Marquis was pleased with the handful of changeups he tossed in two scoreless innings of work against the Royals. Marquis, 34, allowed one hit and had one strikeout.

Marquis, typically a sinker-slider guy, wanted to add a pitch that didn't offer so much velocity. So this spring, he committed to adding a changeup.

"I feel like it can be a weapon," Marquis said. "Hopefully, it's a pitch I can use consistently."

Marquis said he talked with Hoffman about the different type of grips to use on a changeup to, as he said, "take some speed off it."

Hoffman, who utilized a nasty changeup during his 18-year career, saved 601 games -- 552 in 16 seasons with the Padres.

Now that Marquis has appeared in a game, Clayton Richard is the lone starting pitcher in camp who has not pitched in a Cactus League game. He's expected to start Sunday against the White Sox.

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