Mariners’ Hernandez gets off to shaky spring start
Felix Hernandez says he's all set for a bounce-back season.
The six-time All-Star allowed four hits, only one of them solid. He didn't walk anyone, but hit a batter and threw just 23 strikes in 42 pitches.
"The most important thing is that my arm and my body feel good," Hernandez said. "The pitches were moving, the curveball was really good."
Hernandez turns 33 in April and is entering his 15th season in Seattle — and the final year of his seven-year, $175 million contract. The Mariners hold a team option for 2020.
Long the ace of the Seattle staff, he is coming off the worst year of his career, posting a 5.55 ERA in 155 2/3 innings and being removed from the rotation for the first time in his career.
During the offseason, Hernandez decided to work from the set position.
"I feel good from the stretch. I just feel like I'm going straight to the plate," he said. "Not too much movement. From the windup, I got to do a lot of stuff."
AROUND THE GRAPEFRUIT AND CACTUS LEAGUES
RED SOX 8, YANKEES 5
David Dahl doubled twice for Colorado. Colton Welker, drafted by the Rockies in 2016 out of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, hit a home run.
Steven Souza Jr. homered for Arizona.
Kris Bryant hit a home run in his first spring at-bat and also singled for Chicago. The former NL MVP worked over the winter to strengthen the left shoulder that robbed him of his typical power last season.
Corey Ray, Milwaukee's first-round draft pick in 2016, homered and doubled.
Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer in his Cincinnati debut. Tyler Naquin homered for Cleveland.
Matt Davidson, signed to a minor league contract by Texas, started at third base and had a hit. He is slotted to work as both an infielder and a pitcher this spring.
Russell Martin marked his return to the Dodgers with an RBI double. He caught five seasons for LA and returned in a trade with Toronto. Joc Pederson homered for the Dodgers and Rich Hill pitched a fast inning.
D.J. Peterson homered for Chicago.
Taylor Ward hit a grand slam for the Angels and Peter Bourjos had a two-run single.
ATHLETICS 6, WHITE SOX (SS) 5
Stephen Piscotty homered for Oakland. Yoan Moncada had two hits for Chicago, driving in a run and scoring once.
PADRES 6, MARINERS 4
TWINS (SS) 10, RAYS 5