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March 3, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Mariners at Chicago White Sox: March 3, 2011 game thread

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That’s Felix Hernandez throwing a simulated game of 33 pitches this morning. A couple of guys made some contact, but Hernandez assured everyone he’s ready to go.
He makes his spring training debut next Tuesday. I asked Hernandez about the difference between having hitters actually swing off him versus throwing live BP in which they track pitches.
“The adrenaline goes up a little bit and you want to strike out everybody,” said Hernandez, who had four strikeouts.
Hernandez says he feels ready now. Maybe more ready than at this time a year ago. I asked how he could tell when his stuff is ready.
“I was throwing strikes,” he said. “The breaking ball was good. Change-up was all right. Sometimes it cut. Sometimes it dropped down. Everything looked good.”
Five-time Cy Young Award winner Randy Johnson dropped by camp this morning, and he and Hernandez had a chance to speak.
“He told me I need to win four more Cy Youngs,” Hernandez said. “And he said ‘You need 4,000 more strikeouts just to catch me.’ ”
How did Hernandez respond to that?
“I said ‘I’ll be there.”


The lineups:
CHICAGO WHITE SOX
Lastings Milledge LF
Gordon Beckham 2B
Adam Dunn 1B
Paul Konerko DH
Alex Rios CF
Mark Teahen 3B
Dayan Viciedo RF
Ramon Castro C
Omar Vizquel SS
John Danks LHP
MARINERS
Jack Wilson SS
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Milton Bradley DH
Jack Cust LF
Miguel Olivo C
Adam Kennedy 3B
Brendan Ryan 2B
Mike Carp 1B
Greg Halman RF
Luke French LHP

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