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October 14, 2005

Freddy Garcia


Q. Congratulations first of all.


Q. When did you fly in and what was that whole experience like as far as having your daughter and then getting here?

FREDDY GARCIA: I flew in last night. She was due during the game. I was watching the game, waking up with her. No, it's pretty good. A lot of stuff for me. I never seen that before, and that was a really good experience.

Q. I think you'll have an extra day of rest when you start tomorrow night. Is that a positive effect or any kind of effect for you?

FREDDY GARCIA: Maybe that's good for me. I've got a lot of innings, I've been throwing a lot this year, and a couple days off, you know, it feels pretty good. I'll be ready for tomorrow.

Q. You've pitched in a couple of clinchers this year and so has your scheduled opponent, (Ervin) Santana. Can you talk about what you've seen of Santana this year?

FREDDY GARCIA: You know, I don't worry about him. I've got to worry about the guys I have to face. The hitters, they have to worry about Santana, no me. I've got to face the line-up. So far as I can see, he's pretty good.

Q. You threw a lot of pitches in a short amount of time against Boston. Was there something that was happening there? You mentioned maybe too long of a rest between starts and now you'll have the same amount of rest, was there something that happened at that Boston game?

FREDDY GARCIA: You know, like I said, I'm the kind of pitcher, I like to pitch every five days. With Boston it was like seven days. Sometimes that's no good for me. I think I'll be fine. I'll throw a couple bullpen before this start, and I think I'll be ready to go tomorrow.

Q. Several scouts said your velocity was down this year. If that's true do you have any explanation for it?

FREDDY GARCIA: Not really, no. When you throw a lot of innings, you know, if you see the last seven years I've been throwing 200 innings plus, so maybe that's from throwing a lot. I don't really worry about my velocity. I can throw hard, whatever, but if I don't hit my spot and I don't throw the pitch I want to throw, that's when I get in trouble.

Q. In the start before the last one, you had figured out how to get back to your slider. Was the slider a problem for you in the last start?

FREDDY GARCIA: You know, no, not really. Maybe my control, you know, I throw a lot of pitch. If I throw 100 pitch, I don't think there's any problem with my slider right now. I don't think about it. I've got to go there tomorrow and do my job.

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