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Roberto Hernandez Pitches Strongly In 4th Minor-League Start

Cleveland Indians pitcher Roberto Hernandez seems to be rounding into shape after completing his fourth minor-league start. Pitching for the AAA Columbus Clippers on Friday against the Indianapolis Indians, Hernandez lasted seven innings and only gave up four hits and one earned run, striking out five.

With his league-mandated, three-week suspension ending on Saturday, Hernandez could be called up sooner rather than later. Speaking to the Columbus Dispatch, Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh sounded positive about his chances:

"He looked very good tonight," Sarbaugh said. "He looks ready to go to me. I thought his fastball had good sink and good life to it. It was night and day from his last outing."

Through four minor-league starts, split evenly between the Clippers and the Class A Lake County Captains, Hernandez has an ERA of 4.07 and 20 strikeouts in 24.1 innings pitched.

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