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This Date in Baseball for June 17, 2020.
Felix Hernandez turned around with surprise as he sensed media waiting to engage him. “You want to talk to me?” the new Atlanta Braves pitcher asked.
On a night when it supposed to be about him, Felix Hernandez, of course, made it about them.
He arrived as a scraggly teenager with an ill-fitting uniform and curly hair billowing out from underneath his often crooked cap. He’ll leave as one of the finest players to ever put on a Seattle Mariners uniform after a career worthy of the “King Felix” nickname that was bestowed upon him. Felix Hernandez will make his final start of the season Thursday night when the Mariners host the Oakland Athletics.
Goodbye was inevitable. This mutual parting of ways, at least in the beginning, seemed unimaginable to those who can remember what it was like when it was good. Yet the sobering reality of the end to this relationship became apparent three years ago.
The result of Sunday’s matchup between the Mariners and Astros was a demoralizing 21-1 beatdown by Houston, perhaps a fitting result in what was Seattle’s 11th consecutive defeat against Houston this season.
Pitcher Felix Hernandez will rejoin the Seattle Mariners’ starting rotation this weekend.
Ryan Yarbrough came within an out of his first career shutout, Eric Sogard hit a solo homer and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Seattle Mariners 1-0 Sunday.
Seattle Mariners veteran starter Felix Hernandez pitched two perfect innings with a pair of strikeouts on a rehab assignment and the Everett AquaSox beat the Spokane Indians 5-2 in the first of a three-game Northwest League series.
Felix Hernandez stretched out on a leather couch in what was basically an empty Mariners clubhouse. The rest of his teammates either were in meetings, out on the field warming up or doing other preparation for Thursday night’s game vs. the Tigers.
Hernandez is 1-4 with a 6.42 earned-run average for the Mariners this season, and he last pitched with the big-league club May 11.
Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez pulled himself out of his first minor league rehab start because of fatigue.
The Mariners’ most dominant pitcher of this century is going to be out for the next four to six weeks.
Seattle Mariners starter Felix Hernandez is expected to miss 4 to 6 weeks after being diagnosed with a grade 1 lat strain in his right side. Seattle manager Scott Servais said that an MRI revealed the extent of the injury.
For about two innings, victory seemed possible, if not plausible. The Mariners delivered a four-run punch to Boston starter Rick Porcello in the top of the first and figured to get more over the next eight innings, while Seattle starter Felix Hernandez put up an easy 1-2-3 first inning and worked his way out of what could have been a calamitous second inning.
It had been a decade since pitchers with so many combined punchouts started the same game. In this showdown between Felix Hernandez and CC Sabathia, the New York Yankees landed their haymakers early.
Felix Hernandez allowed one earned run and pitched into the sixth inning for his first victory since last June, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-3 on Monday night.
Much about the start to this Mariners season is a bit off kilter. But that stands to reason, I suppose, in a year of such seismic change and philosophical recalibration.
There have been 15 pitchers who have started a season opener for the Seattle Mariners in their first 42 seasons, with former Gonzaga standout Marco Gonzales scheduled to become No. 16 on that list when the M’s begin their season this week in Japan.
Hernandez is beginning the season as the No. 5 starter on a Mariners team Fangraphs is projecting to win 75 games. If I’m Felix, I’m using my (likely) last season in Seattle to be the best teammate possible.