After being told on Friday that he would be the No. 3 starter in the pitching rotation for the
"My command was a little bit off," Karns said. "I fell behind a lot and these guys took advantage of that when I was really trying to make pitches. They were able to have the count in their favor."
Karns gave up six runnings in only four innings pitched against the Red Sox. The 26-year-old has only pitched in 12 innings the last two seasons with the Rays and Nationals, posting a career ERA of 6.00 with 24 strikeouts and 10 walks.
Chris Archer has been tabbed to start Opening Day in place of Alex Cobb (forearm), but Cash is mulling the starters for the next two games because he is still looking at matchups in the next few series after Baltimore.
"I knew they were going to be swinging early and often so it kind of allowed me to play with some of the pitches that I need to work on, knowing they're aggressive and making sure (the pitches) are effective,'' Karns said.
Manager Kevin Cash was impressed with his curveball.
"He threw some good curveballs,'' Cash said. "He looked like he had really good velo going today.''
McGee had elbow surgery last December and threw off a mound for the first time since the procedure last Tuesday. A year ago, McGee posted a 5-2 record, 19 saves and a 1.89 ERA.
Karns is set to throw 15 pitches per inning in the minor-league game.
The team's Nos. 1 and 3 starters -
"Everything goes into lining up the rotation now," Cash said. "We're all trying to accommodate them as much as possible, because a lot of moving parts and stuff like that. I don't think anything is set in stone."
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