Sunday, April 12, 2015

Felix aims to keep up dominance vs. A's, Hahn

 Mariners ace Felix Hernandez resumes his long-running rivalry with the A's on Sunday when the two American League West clubs close out their three-game series at the Coliseum.
Hernandez, 29, came out of the gate strong with seven innings of one-run ball in an Opening Day victory over the Angels, and he now faces an Oakland team that he's had more success against than other MLB franchise -- a 19-7 record and a 2.58 ERA in 35 starts. He'll square off against new A's right-hander Jesse Hahn in the 1:05 p.m. PT game.
Things to know about this game:
• Hernandez dominated the A's last year, going 4-0 with a 2.22 ERA with 40 strikeouts in 44 2/3 innings over six starts. The King seems to enjoy pitching at the Coliseum, where he's 10-2 with a 2.62 ERA in 18 starts and hasn't being the losing pitcher since Sept. 19, 2008.
• Hahn will be making his 16th career start and second with the A's after being acquired from the Padres in December in the Derek Norris trade. The 6-foot-5 right-hander lost his Oakland debut against the Rangers on Tuesday, allowing seven hits and three runs in six innings in the 3-1 defeat. He went 7-4 with a 3.07 ERA in 14 games for the Padres last year, including a 4-1 victory over Seattle in June when he allowed five hits and one unearned run in seven frames.
• Outfielder Josh Reddick is expected to make his season debut for Oakland as he returns from a strained right oblique that has sidelined him since March 6. Reddick went 1-for-7 in a pair of rehab outings for Class A Stockton. He returns just in time to face Hernandez, against whom he's put up a .158/.179/.211 slash line, going 6-for-38 with one walk and seven strikeouts in his career.

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