Hernandez looks strong; Mariners tie Rockies 2-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 15, 2014 at 12:36 am •  Published: March 15, 2014
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Seattle ace Felix Hernandez allowed two hits and an unearned run in four innings and the Mariners tied a Colorado Rockies split squad 2-2 in 10 innings Friday night.

In line for a team-record seventh opening-day start, Hernandez struck out two and overcame brief control issues in the second when he gave up his lone walk.

A jovial, smiling Hernandez detailed his rigorous offseason conditioning program and his improved diet that's left him leaner ahead of his 28th birthday next month.

The motivation?

"I would love to get the ball in the playoffs," he said of the big void in his career.

Erasmo Ramirez, seeking to snag a rotation spot, followed with four innings. He allowed a run on four hits with three strikeouts.

Stefan Romero hit a solo homer in the first, and Brad Miller tripled and scored in the third for Seattle. Those were the only hits against Rockies starter Franklin Morales, who struck out four in four innings as he contends for the fifth spot in the rotation.

NL batting champion Michael Cuddyer went 2 for 3 for Colorado and scored on Jack Reinheimer's throwing error in the second.

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Mariners: Manager Lloyd McClendon saw extra energy from Hernandez.

"Looked like he was a little more focused tonight," McClendon said. "He wanted to go back out (for a fifth inning), but we wanted to get Ramirez in."

Rockies: Manager Walt Weiss said he's in no rush to choose between Morales and Jordan Lyles for the final spot in the rotation with both pitching well.

"We'll stretch this thing out," Weiss said.

TULOWITZKI MUM

Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was walking without a limp in the clubhouse Friday afternoon, two days after being hit by a pitch on his left calf.

"The swelling has gone down," Tulowitzki said. "I've been in the training room all day trying to take care of it."

Tulowitzki took some swings Friday and will likely play in a game next week. But while the Rockies avoided a serious injury to their three-time All-Star, they remained tightlipped about the incident.