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Mark Lowe learning how to throw curve

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- In the last week, pitching coach Mike Maddux suggested to Mark Lowe that he learn a curve ball, a pitch Lowe has never thrown.

"It's actually easy to learn," Lowe said. "I tried a few in my last outing just a few hours after I was messing with it. They were OK. What I don't know is the sequencing. We've been working on that during live BP sessions and that's something I've got to get used to."

Lowe is expected to pitch tonight and plans on using the curve.

"I need something that I can throw that's slower," Lowe said. "My change is around 88 mph and that's just not slow enough. I've tried different grips and everything and it just keeps getting there fast. My slider is around 85. This curve is slower than all of them."

Lowe hopes the pitch can make his fastball, which has touched 97 mph this spring, even more effective.

"I need to pitch better," Lowe said. "I have to give hitters a different look. I've been working on some things, but I'm going to treat these next two [outings] like they are late-inning situations in a regular game."

Lowe acknowledged it was time to see results and said he knows he has options left and that the club has some decisions to make on the bullpen roster.

"I'm not worried about that," Lowe said. "I'm worried about what I've got to do."