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Felix Hernandez surpasses 2,000-strikeout mark as Mariners beat A’s 4-3

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez reacts after he struck out Oakland Athletics' Eric Sogard to end the seventh inning of a baseball game, Sunday, May 10, 2015 in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez reacts after he struck out Oakland Athletics’ Eric Sogard to end the seventh inning of a baseball game, Sunday, May 10, 2015 in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

SEATTLE – Before he took the mound on Sunday afternoon and achieved a career milestone significant enough to warrant stadium-wide recognition, Felix Hernandez called his mom.

It was Mother’s Day, after all, so Hernandez phoned home to Venezuela to check in with his mother, Mirian.

He said she told him to “go out there and do what you know to do. Pitch good.”

So he did.

“My mom’s from Venezuela and I miss her so much,” Hernandez said. “I just wanted to go out there and try to help the team win and dedicate this game to my mom and my wife.”

That’s what Hernandez wanted to talk about after the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics, 4-3, to complete a sweep of this three-game series at Safeco Field. He allowed two runs in seven innings and improved his season record to 6-0 in seven starts.

And he also became the fourth-youngest pitcher in Major League history to reach the 2,000-strikeout mark, accomplishing that honor with a strikeout of Sam Fuld to lead off the fifth inning. Bert Blyleven, Sam McDowell and Walter Johnson are the only pitchers to record their 2,000th career strikeout at a younger age. Read more »


Mariners beat Angels to (barely) stay alive: “Game 161 and we’re still in it. It’s awesome.”

(With the Seahawks on a bye-week vacation, I pinch-hit tonight for Bob. He had a personal planes-trains-automobiles day with delays in airports trying to get back from Toronto that would have impressed John Candy and Steve Martin. Not sure it impressed Bob much, though.)

What I saw at Safeco tonight:

The Mariners passed out white towels on Fan Appreciation Night. It was a sea of ivory waving throughout the yard when Dustin Ackley, Kendrys Morales and Michael Saunders hit home runs.

No, these white flags were not signaling a Seattle surrender. Not yet.

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Thursday’s line-ups, official game notes, updated stats and stuff on Michael Saunders vs. the Detroit Tigers

Michael Saunders has moved up in the order and is batting second. In the last two games, he’s had three doubles and a triple. He and manager Eric Wedge said it that the success could be a product of a minor swing adjustment he made in St. Louis.

“I made a minor adjustment with my hands,” Saunders said. “I kind have them further back and further up. I keep my same trigger, but it minimizes movement. It helps me basically be ready earlier. I felt like I was getting myself in a position to get a ball I wanted

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Friday’s line-ups, official game notes and updated stats vs. the St. Louis Cardinals

The Mariners open a 10-game, 10-day road trip tonight starting with a three-game series against the Cardinals. And if that isn’t tough enough, they face the Tigers for four games. Both teams are vying for their division titles. So these games won’t be easy for the Mariners, who just got swept at home by the Astros.

“You are playing two of the best teams, if not the two best teams, in all of baseball in their backyards in the middle of September,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. “It’s going to be a great atmosphere, a great challenge for our

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Mariners 2, Brewers 0 — Felix Hernandez puts a stop to the losing

Felix Hernandez wasn’t going to let it continue. The Mariners’ losing, the Brewers’ hitting and his personal run of winless starts were going to come to an end, and they were going to end on Sunday.

The Mariners ace did what all staff aces are expected to do, giving his team a brilliant outing and leading it to a much-needed 2-0 win over Milwaukee at Safeco Field. The win helped Seattle

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Thursdy’s line-ups, official game notes, updated stats vs. the Red Sox

After a 5-hour, 15-inning game, the Mariners line-up looks a little different. Acting manager Robby Thompson decided to rest 41-year-old Raul Ibanez, who played all 15 innings last night.

“He said he felt great and was ready to go,” Thompson said.  ”But I think the smart thing was to give him a day. We’re going to get in late tonight and early morning and he’ll be back in there tomorrow. But we have to be smart with him. He is in great shape and he’s rarin’ to go and it’s hard to keep him out of there, but I think

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Saturday’s line-ups, official game notes, updated stats and pregame Wedge video vs. the Oakland A’s

Mike Zunino is out of the line-up today. Mariners manager Eric Wedge wanted to get recent signee Henry Blanco some game action. It works out well since Blanco has caught Felix Hernandez in games before for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic. Zunino has only caught Hernandez in bullpen sessions in spring training. I don’t know that he ever caught Hernandez in a Cactus League game. He may have caught him in a simulated game. We didn’t get a chance to talk to Zunino because he was busy with the strength coach while also doing some pregame

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