Fernandez tosses two scoreless in B Game

JUPITER, Fla. — It didn’t matter if it was on the back field or the main field, Jose Fernandez approached the outing the same way.

“I just work hard to get better every day,” Fernandez said. “I want to be the best. That’s what I work for. I want to take the little things from everybody, and put it on myself. It’s going to be good.”

The 20-year-old right-hander just so happened to be on a back field on Thursday morning, throwing two scoreless innings in a B Game against the Cardinals. He allowed one hit, struck out one, and got Rafael Furcal to tap into a 1-6-3 double play to end the first inning.

Furcal was in the B Game for St. Louis as he is recovering from a right elbow injury.

Thursday was the first time Fernandez faced another team. He had pitched in a simulated game, and had the unfortunate incident of plunking Giancarlo Stanton in the back of the head with a fastball.

Fernandez, who projects to open the season at Double-A Jacksonville, dealt with a minor ailment himself in Spring Training. He rested up a tight right hamstring, and he felt fine in the B Game.

The hard-throwing right-hander also made a personal business decision recently, signing up with agent Scott Boras.

“He’s the best in the business,” Fernandez said. “It’s been good. We had a good talk, too. I like him. A week ago, I talked to him over the phone. I like the way he goes about business, the same way that I do. It’s good.”

Joe Frisaro

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