Gaps between April appearances were wide for David Pauley. He hit the hill the opening weekend, then April 10, 15 and 18.
In between, Pauley tinkered in the bullpen and on the side. Hes done so throughout his fluctuating pro career that started in 2001 in Idaho Falls. Up with the Red Sox in 2006 and 08; then back down. Back up with the Mariners for part of 2010, primarily as a starter. Off to Seattles bullpen in 2011.
He works a sinking fastball, looping curve, changeup and slider. In April, Pauley felt most of his arsenal was in order. But the changeup wasnt right. He threw a traditional four-seam circle change. The action was side to side on a level plane.
The action was lazy, so he spun the ball in his palm. Pauley worked a two-seam circle changeup. Movement was mediocre.
In the third week of April, he gave it another twist. The seams sit in his hand cockeyed now, angled off a tad. The alteration resulted in a late dip of the changeup and rise in his career.READ MORE»