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Garcia shuts out Padres, wind

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After an ugly camp statistically, but not physically, left-hander Jaime Garcia -- whose last win came on Sept. 3 -- made his first appearance of the season Sunday.

When the winds blowing toward right field at Busch Stadium suggested a shootout, Garcia instead threw a 2-0 shutout against San Diego.

Garcia allowed just four singles and fanned a career-high nine after a spring training in which, he allowed 37 hits in 17 innings before his final start. But, pitching coach Dave Duncan said, "His stuff was good. He wasn't always making quality pitches with it.

"Part of spring is refining all your pitches. As the spring went on, he never got worse. He always got better. He never once was disappointed in his stuff. He was disappointed in his location. When you're a four-pitch pitcher, it takes spring training to get ready to pitch."

Garcia admitted he was letting his head get in the way.

"I was thinking too much (in the spring)," he said. "I was thinking things I'm not supposed to be thinking. But I wasn't worried at all because I knew I had the stuff."

A 13-game winner in his rookie season, Garcia was shut down for the final three weeks last year because of arm fatigue although he was not reported to be hurt.

"It worked out good," said Garcia. "I wasn't hurt but maybe I go back and pitch those last games and get hurt. You never know."

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