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Justin Miller changing things up

Justin Miller is working on his changeup .

Marlins reliever Justin Miller isn't one to get caught up in his success from last year. That's why during Spring Training the right-hander is adding a pitch he seldom used in the past to his already potent arsenal of fastballs and sliders.

Miller, who finished 5-0 with a 3.65 ERA in 62 relief outings for the Marlins in 2007, has already begun this preseason working on his changeup, a pitch he used sparingly in the second half of last season.

"I think I need to throw it right out of the gate this year," said Miller, the main setup man for closer Kevin Gregg. "I need to throw it to right-handed as well as left-handed hitters."

The extra pitch should be of some help as long as it is effective.  And that is what Spring Training is for, to tryout new things and to see if the pitch is something he will want to add to the arsenal during the season or jettison it for now.

Miller credits knowing his role for much of his success last season.

"Once Fredi learned about me and my tendencies, he did a great job of putting me in ideal situations, so I think he's got an understanding of who I am and what I'm trying to accomplish facing hitters," Miller said.

"We developed a good program toward the end of the year, and when the phone would ring in the bullpen, we all had a pretty good idea of who was getting the call to come in."

Miller will be the main setup man this season.  Yes sir, I'm going out on the thickest limb I can find.