Closer Joe Nathan's first peaceful spring training in three years continued with an economical debut. Nathan needed only seven pitches, five fastballs and two sliders, to get retired three White Sox minor-leaguers on grounders in the seventh.

``This is the best I've felt in a long time,'' Nathan said. ``It's exciting.''

At this time in 2010 with Minnesota, Nathan had determined that he needed ``Tommy John'' tendon-transplant surgery on the right elbow. A year ago, Nathan struggled in spring training in advance of a poor start to the regular season. In his first 10 appearances, Nathan had a 10.00 ERA for nine innings with two blown saves in five chances and asked to be removed from the closer's role.