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Johnson did not want to talk about his break from the D-backs, saying only: "I'd like to say a lot of things but I'd rather not. I'm happy where I'm at and want to move forward. I wish them well. The best time of my career has been spread over Seattle and Arizona. It would be fun to have the opportunity to pitch against them. I want to do the same thing here I did in Arizona, bring accountability and respectability."
Johnson's five Cy Young awards are second to Roger Clemens' seven, and his 4,789 strikeouts are second to mentor Nolan Ryan. With three double-digit strikeout games this season, Johnson will tie Ryan for the most in major league history with 215.
While Johnson struck out 173 in 184 innings last season, he said strikeouts are less a part of his game now that his fastball registers 93 mph rather than 99 mph.
"I'm setting up hitters more and striking out hitters less," he said. "I'll work to get out of (an inning) with a double play in eight pitches rather than with three strikeouts in 30 pitches."
As the Diamondbacks did last season, the Giants will limit Johnson's non-pitching activities in camp. He will take pitchers fielding practice and bunt, but not as often, and will not swing a bat much.
"We know Randy has had back issues, so we plan on adjusting to some of his workouts. You have to be smart about it," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
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