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Hernandez chalks up outing to 'bad day'

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DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Phillies right-hander Roberto Hernandez threw five perfect innings last week against the Yankees.

He suffered far different results Wednesday.

"Everybody has a bad day," Hernandez said after allowing 11 hits and seven runs in 3 2/3 innings against the Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.

Hernandez had trouble keeping the ball down in the strike zone, and his pitches were flat as his mechanics were out of whack. Overall, however, he said he likes the way his spring has gone so far. He is 1-1 with a 5.29 ERA.

"[Pitching coach] Bob [McClure] said he didn't have a real good warmup," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "He didn't quite have his two-seam fastball working. He had some ground balls that found some holes, but then they took advantage of first-pitch fastball swinging."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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