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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 03/ 6/2011

Livan Hernandez cruises in minor-league outing

By Dave Sheinin

Livan Hernandez, the Nationals' opening day starter, threw four brisk, one-hit innings in a minor league game against the Houston Astros prospects this morning at the Nationals' minor league complex, throwing 28 strikes among his 38 pitches and delighting the large group of Nationals minor league pitchers who had gathered to watch with his array of slow-slower-and-slowest offerings.

"I'm not ready to go [for the regular season], but I'm feeling good, and I did what I wanted to do here," Hernandez said. "I'm just trying to work on keeping the ball down, and getting my work in."

Throwing to catcher Derek Norris, Hernandez faced the minimum 12 batters, striking out three and allowing one hard single, but erasing the baserunner with a double-play. Afterward, Hernandez threw about 15 additional pitches in the bullpen before departing in the passenger seat of Ivan Rodriguez's golf cart.

By Dave Sheinin  | March 6, 2011; 12:30 PM ET
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Good stuff. I hope Livan starts really strong again this year.


Posted by: kevincostello | March 6, 2011 12:58 PM | Report abuse

If it wasn't against prospects then I'd say he's a pimp. Hopefully he remains as savvy against the big boys

Posted by: mharman1 | March 6, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Everyone can only wish to have the aura of Livan.

Posted by: Albright4Snapper | March 6, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Rather have the "aura" of Strasburg ... or Lincecum, Cain ... if only Cliff Lee ... Livo's days in the sun are almost gone ... the Magnificent Seven can only ride out so many times.

Posted by: periculum | March 6, 2011 5:37 PM | Report abuse

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