David Hernandez saves Jake Arrieta's first win

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Jake Arrieta won his his MLB debut yesterday despite a tough first matchup against the Yankees, striking out six and pitching around some shaky control to allow three runs in six innings. David Hernandez closed out Arrieta’s first victory by picking up his first save just hours after new manager Juan Samuel officially handed him ninth-inning duties until Alfredo Simon returns from the disabled list next week.
Hernandez struggled mightily in the rotation, going 5-15 with a 5.49 ERA in 27 starts, but racked up tons of strikeouts in the minors and has the raw stuff to potentially thrive as a late-inning reliever. Hernandez’s average fastball as a starter was 93.0 miles per hour, so focusing on short outings should get him into the mid-90s and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Samuel give him some save chances even after Simon returns.

Chris Sale exits game with hip contusion

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Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale made a hasty exit from his final Grapefruit League outing on Saturday after sustaining a left hip contusion. He was struck on the leg with a line drive from the Astros’ J.D. Davis in the first inning and immediately collapsed on the mound. He was able to walk off the field without a noticeable limp, however, and later told reporters that the ball struck a nerve and temporarily stunned his leg. As a precautionary move, the Red Sox pulled him after the incident and will have the left-hander undergo X-rays to rule out any further injury to his hip.

This was expected to be Sale’s last start of spring training. Prior to Saturday’s matinee against the Astros, the 28-year-old southpaw made three starts in camp, allowing five runs, one home run, three walks and striking out 18 batters in 14 innings. He’s still on track to start the season for the Red Sox during their road opener against the Rays next Thursday.