PHILS: ARRIETA TO MAKE 1ST START APRIL 8, K-ROD CUT!

By Sam Bush

Jake Arrieta will make his major league debut for the Phillies on April 8 at home against the Miami Marlins.

Arrieta signed a three-year, $75 million contract on March 12. He pitched his first spring training game for the Phillies on Thursday, striking out two, allowing three hits and walking none over two innings.

And Francisco Rodriguez, who posted a 5.40 ERA in eight appearances this spring, was released.

He was guaranteed $2.5 million if he made the Phillies’ Opening Day roster. In 28 games with the Tigers last season, Rodriguez was 2-5 with a 7.82 ERA, seven saves and six blown saves.

Rodriguez, a six-time All-Star known as “K-Rod,” is a three-time league leader in saves (2005, 2006, 2008).

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