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MAR 31, 3:37p ET | The Sports Fan Journal
StatsLLC: Mar 28 / 12:00a ET
News: Hernandez is all set to start on opening day for the seventh straight year. Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon made it official on Saturday. Hernandez will pitch April 6 in Seattle against the AL West champion Los Angeles Angels.
Impact: This will be the eighth career opening-day start for Hernandez. He is 5-0 with a 1.52 ERA in previous openers. McClendon had previously said he was ''99.999 percent'' sure Hernandez would be the starter, and now has made it 100 percent certain.
Rotowire: Feb 27 / 9:47a ET
News: Hernandez threw his first bullpen session of spring Thursday and will throw at least one more, plus live batting practice, before pitching his first Cactus League game, the Seattle Times reports.
Impact: Hernandez reported to camp weighing 210, down 15 pounds from last year. He said he wasn't necessarily trying to lose weight, but he intends to maintain that weight throughout the season. He said his first bullpen session went great. "I was looking for location and trying to throw strikes and giving my pitches a chance to work," he said.