Jake Arrieta chose to view the one hit he allowed in yesterday's intrasquad game as a positive. It actually worked to his advantage.
Cesar Izturis doubled off Arrieta with one out in the first inning after Felix Pie flied to left field.
Arrieta retired the next two batters on ground balls and returned to the dugout.
"I felt great," he said. "I actually did most of my work in the bullpen, spinning breaking balls and working on the change up because I knew once I got out on the game mound, I wasn't going to have a whole lot of time to really work on things, just facing three or four hitters.
"In a regular start you get to work on your change up, your breaking balls, mixing in and out with the fastball. I just wanted to go out there and locate fastballs and get three quick outs. I gave up that hit to Izturis, but I'm kind of glad that I did because I got to work from the stretch to a couple of hitters, work on my delivery a little bit more. It was good."
Arrieta retired Miguel Tejada on a breaking ball.
"It was a good one," he said. "That's a positive. It went well for the first time against hitters live."
Coming up: Rhyne Hughes talks about playing the outfield.