{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

{"event":["spring_training" ] }

Ross trying to control tempo on the mound

|

PEORIA, Ariz. -- There was a lot to like from Tyson Ross's last outing on Tuesday, when he tossed three scoreless innings against the Dodgers.

It marked the first time in three spring outings that the Padres' rotation hopeful made an appearance without allowing a run.

"I was able to go out there and get a couple of zeros, which has eluded me. I'm trying to build off that," he said. "Physically, still feel really good. Now I'm starting to string together a few more pitches. I think I'll be fine."

The race for the fifth spot in the starting rotation is wide open at this point and Ross, who was acquired in November from the A's, is in the thick of the competition.

Ross allowed two runs in two innings in his first appearance on Feb. 23 and then yielded three runs over three innings on Feb. 28. And while he walked two in his three-inning stint against the Dodgers, he felt it was his best performance to date.

"Really, I'm just trying to get my tempo down, my timing. I'm a big, tall guy with a lot of moving parts," said Ross, who is 6-foot-6. "When things are starting to take off is when I mishandle the zone or have the ball off the plate."

Ross has been working closely with pitching coach Darren Balsley on controlling his tempo while on the mound.

"It's been going good on the side," Ross said. "But in game situations, when you've got a batter 60 feet from you, it's hard. It's a little off. I need to slow myself down to get everything timed up right."

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{"event":["spring_training" ] }
{"event":["spring_training" ] }
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español