Sunday, April 10, 2016

Felix carries strong run vs. A's into finale

Mariners ace Felix Hernandez will be back in home territory Sunday with a 1:10 p.m. PT start against right-hander Chris Bassitt and the A's at Safeco Field, as the right-hander looks to rebound from his first career Opening Day loss.
Hernandez allowed just one hit in six innings at Texas on Monday, but he walked five and hit a batter. The Mariners also committed two errors that led to as many unearned runs in a 3-2 loss.
"I was trying to find my mechanics and make good pitches," Hernandez said. "It's definitely correctible. I'm just getting ready for the next one."
Sitting at 335 career appearances, the right-hander is set to pass reliever Mike Jackson for the second most pitching appearances in club history at 336. Another reliever, Jeff Nelson, holds the club record at 432.
Bassitt settled on a no-decision in his season debut Tuesday, allowing four runs on eight hits in a start against the White Sox in Oakland. He was 0-2 with a 4.67 ERA in four appearances -- including three starts -- against Seattle last year, his first pitching in the American League West.
Things to know
• Hernandez is 22-8 with a 2.64 ERA in 40 career starts against the A's, including 7-1 with a 2.60 ERA in 11 starts since 2014.
• A's catcher Stephen Vogt is 11-for-21 (.524) with a home run, a triple and a double against Hernandez. On the flip side, third baseman Danny Valencia is 3-for-23 (.130) and outfielder Billy Burns 3-for-15 (.200).
• Left-handed platoon players Seth Smith (right field) and Adam Lind (first base) will get their first starts of the series as Seattle faces a right-handed starter for the first time in the three-game set.

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