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Painful debut

This was not how Felix Hernandez hoped to start spring training.

Slowed by injuries last year, the Seattle ace was struck in his pitching arm by a line drive Monday and forced to leave his exhibition debut.

The Mariners said a precautionary X-ray of his right forearm was negative. Hernandez was listed as day-to-day and will be re-evaluated Tuesday.

Hernandez was hit by a liner from Victor Caratini of the Chicago Cubs. The 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner immediately grabbed his arm and didn't chase the ball on the infield grass.

Hernandez went down to a knee, hopped up and walked around in obvious pain. He headed to the dugout with a trainer holding his arm, and Caratini gave him a tap of encouragement.

The 31-year-old Hernandez spent considerable time on the disabled list last season because of shoulder trouble. He was 6-5 with a 4.36 ERA in 16 starts.

OHTANI'S A HIT: Two-way star Shohei Ohtani had a much better big league debut as a hitter than he did as a pitcher.

After patiently drawing walks in his first two plate appearances, Ohtani hit a sharp RBI single up the middle in his first spring training start as a designated hitter for the Los Angeles Angels.

"I was happy to get that first hit out of the way but I was also happy with my first two at-bats," the 23-year-old said through a translator after getting on base three times against three different San Diego pitchers.

His first Cactus League at-bats came two days after his first start on the mound. The Japanese newcomer allowed a home run and didn't make it through his scheduled two innings against Milwaukee.

RED SOX FINALIZE DEAL: It took an extra week but the Red Sox finally got the big bat for the middle of their lineup they lacked last season.

Slugger J.D. Martinez and the Red Sox finalized a $110 million, five-year contract on Monday, a week after the sides agreed to the deal pending a physical.

"It's been a long process. I'm happy to just put everything behind me and be here today," said Martinez, flanked by his agent Scott Boras and Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, at a Monday morning news conference at Boston's spring training complex.

"I'm excited for the task at hand. I know this historic franchise and this organization, winning is No. 1 and bringing a championship back to Boston is the ultimate goal. I'm happy to now be a part of it."

Martinez gets $27.5 million in each of the next two seasons, there is a $23.75 million player option for 2020 with a $2.5 million buyout and $19,375,000 player options for 2021 and 2022.

The final two years would each become a mutual option if Martinez has a Lisfranc injury or complication to his right foot that causes him to be on the disabled list for 60 days or more in the previous season or 10 days or more in the previous season and 120 days during the previous two seasons combined. Each also would become a mutual option if he ends the prior season on the DL because of a a Lisfranc injury or complication to his right foot and is found not to be able to play at the start of the next season.

Martinez was on the disabled list from the start of the season until May 12 last year with a sprained ligament in his right foot.

He gets the right to pick three teams he cannot be traded to without his consent.

In 2017, the first season after former designated hitter David Ortiz's retirement, the Red Sox hit just 168 home runs, fewest in the American League and better than only the Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants. Boston's .407 slugging percentage was 26th in baseball, better than only the Los Angeles Angels in the AL.

The Red Sox hope Martinez can help the team improve those stats, returning them to where they were during Ortiz's tenure.

Martinez has primarily been a right fielder in his career, but with Boston he will serve as the primary DH, with Hanley Ramirez splitting time with Mitch Moreland at first base.

Martinez, a right-handed batter and veteran of seven major league seasons with Houston, Detroit and Arizona, split 2017 with the Tigers and Diamondbacks.

In 119 games last season, he hit .303 with 104 RBIs. His 45 home runs were third in the majors, while he posted a .690 slugging percentage. He will hit third or fourth in manager Alex Cora's lineup.

"He's not only a home run hitter," Cora said. "He's a complete hitter.

"We not only got better lineup-wise and on the field, what he brings in that clubhouse, the way he prepares, I'm looking forward for him to connect with young players, help the young players. He did an outstanding job last year with the D-backs and that's also something he's going to bring. ... That's going to be an asset for us."

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez, shown here in a game last September, was injured when a line drive struck him on the arm Monday. [AP FILE PHOTO]