"I feel good," said Rodriguez, who was secure enough in how his forearm felt to gradually press the accelerator on his fastball. "I said I would slowly increase how hard I throw, and I threw a little bit harder at the end."
Rodriguez's 38th pitch sounded off -- twice. It popped loudly into catcher Carlos Paulino's mitt, and as the two met between the mound and the plate to shake hands, the fans 10-deep on the other side of the bullpen fence gave Rodriguez a loud, spontaneous hand.
"That was nice," Rodriguez said of the reaction, with a wide grin.
"It was a good day," manager Clint Hurdle proclaimed. "He was able to throw all his pitches and get right through it. I thought he looked good."
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