Forget the outing Wednesday, Felix Hernandez declared he was primed for his next start, on opening day.
Hernandez was roughed up for eight runs in the Seattle Mariners' final game in Arizona this spring, a 13-8 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
''They hit everything I threw,'' Hernandez said. ''I feel strong. I'm ready. I threw 92 pitches and got my work in and I'm ready to go 120 or whatever.''
The Mariners leave for Japan Thursday and will play two exhibition games there before a two-game regular-season series against the Oakland Athletics on March 28-29.
''It's time to be serious,'' Hernandez said.
Hernandez had dominated hitters all spring, posting a 1.38 ERA before Wednesday's start. He gave up seven earned runs and 10 hits in five innings, struck out four, walked one and hit a batter.
''Sometimes it's good to get some of that stuff out of the way while we're down here before it counts,'' Wedge said. ''Everybody's anxious and anticipating tomorrow, and we had a lot of meetin...