Felix Hernandez Named AL Pitcher of the Week

Felix Hernandez was named the AL Pitcher of the Week. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Seattle Mariners right-handed pitcher Felix Hernandez has been named the American League Player of the Week for August 13-19.

Hernandez tossed the 23rd Perfect Game in Major League history on Aug. 15 vs. the Tampa Bay Rays, retiring all 27 batters faced. He struck out 12, and recorded the first Perfect Game in Seattle franchise history, the fourth no-hitter. The 1-0 win was also his third 1-0 victory of the season, setting a Mariners team record.

In recognition of his American League Player of the Week Award, Hernandez will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.

This is Felix’s first career weekly honor. He is the second Mariner to garner the award this season, joining Justin Smoak for the week ending June 3. Felix is the first Mariners pitcher to be named Player of the Week since Joel Pineiro on May 7, 2006.

To celebrate perfection, the Mariners are turning Safeco Field into the “Supreme Court” on Tuesday, as Felix Hernandez takes the mound for his first start since the Perfect Game. The usual “King’s Court” section in left field is expanding to the “Supreme Court” for this game, as the first 34,000 (in honor of Felix’s uniform number, 34) fans entering the ballpark will receive a special “King of Perfection” t-shirt and commemorative “K” card with a photo from the perfect game on the back side.

It is always best to get your tickets ahead of time to avoid possible lines on the night of game. Fans are eager to congratulate Hernandez so a good crowd is expected.

Tickets for all Mariners games are available in advance without no service charge at the Safeco Field Box Office, and at all Seattle Mariners Team Stores (4th and Stewart in downtown Seattle, Bellevue Square, Southcenter Mall and Alderwood Mall). Tickets are also available online at www.mariners.com/tickets and by phone at 1-888-SEA-HITS (732-4487).

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