Manager A.J. Hinch continues to like what he's seen from the veteran, who is battling with Asher Wojciechowski, reports MLB.com.
"He had a nice game by getting through some very difficult jams and also getting a lot of ground balls," Hinch said. "I don't know what his total was, but it felt like they were pounding the ball into the ground, which is vintage Roberto Hernandez. There's a reason he's lasted this long in the league and you know what you're going to get and he found a way today."
Hernandez threw 71 pitches Saturday with 43 going for strikes.
"I don't think about that," Hernandez said when asked about his chances of making the team. "I want to continue my work and I never think about, 'Is it my last start?' I'm happy."
"I don't give a (expletive) what stock (people) put in it," Sabathia said. "It is what it is. I've had spring trainings where I've given up a lot of runs and went out and had a good season. I've had spring trainings like last year where I didn't give up no runs and I gave up five in the first game. Y'all can put stock in whatever you want. I'm not really worried about it."
Manager Joe Girardi expressed a similar mindset.
"The bottom line is that he's right Opening Day," Girardi said. "You try to evaluate his stuff and how you feel about that. What we've seen this year is much more positive than what we’ve seen the last, you know, in velocity, the discrepancy between that and the change up and slider, so now to me it's just ironing out and being more consistent."
He managed to get a groundball and get out of the inning. He finished with four strikeouts and no runs allowed in 2 1/3 innings of work.
"It was good to be in a situation like that, coming in, especially in the middle of an inning, I haven't done that in a while, starting an inning with a guy on second and having to pitch through that," said Barnes. "I was happy with all of it."
"I'll learn from today and I'm going to try to make those adjustments for the season," Osuna said. "I think it was a good day.
"That's going to happen in the season so I've got to get ready. I think everything was there. I just missed a couple fastballs a little bit up and they hit it."
"My command was a little bit off," Karns said. "I fell behind a lot and these guys took advantage of that when I was really trying to make pitches. They were able to have the count in their favor."
Karns gave up six runnings in only four innings pitched against the Red Sox. The 26-year-old has only pitched in 12 innings the last two seasons with the Rays and Nationals, posting a career ERA of 6.00 with 24 strikeouts and 10 walks.
Smyly, who is recovering shoulder tendinitis, has thrown two bullpen sessions since picking up the injury. There is still hope Smyly will be able to pitch in a game before the end of spring training.
Greene told mlive.com that, " I felt pretty good since my first outing." When asked if he was ready for the beginning of the season, he replied, "I couldn't be more ready."
Greene, 26, came over to the Tigers as part of a three-team deal in December of last year. The right-hander has a 3.95 ERA with 14 strikeouts and three walks this spring in 13 2/3 innings pitched.
"It's up to 100 percent," McClendon said, per MLB.com's Greg Johns. He had joked for weeks that it was 99.999 percent sure.