“He keeps getting better,” manager
Hernandez got 12 of his 15 outs with ground balls.
Niemann starts today against the visiting Orioles. Maddon said both pitchers will make another start before the decision is made on who remains in the rotation and who heads to the bullpen.
“Right now you’re just trying to make your best determination, who gives you the best chance to get off to a good start as a starter and who folds well back into the pen,” Maddon said.
Rodney’s good-luck plantain The plantain closer
“He said, ‘Rodney, you need that.’ I said, ‘Gimme,’ ” said Rodney, who said he traded an autographed baseball for the plantain. “It was good luck. It bring energy. It was my appetizer for my teammates every day. That’s why we had so much energy. Mission accomplished.”
Rodney said he has not traded the plantain for his imaginary arrows. He said a new supply will be delivered by Opening Day.
“A lot of arrows, 162,” he said.
Fuld returns OF
Fuld, who hasn’t played since March 3 because of a tight right hamstring, was 0-for-3 with a walk.
“It was good,” he said.
Fuld said he might play the outfield today during a minor-league game.
Moore gets his work in LHP
“I thought he kept getting better,” said Maddon, who watched Moore pitch. “He and (pitching coach