King Felix Named American League Starting Pitcher
Congrats to Felix Hernandez after being named the starting pitcher for the American League in tomorrow’s All-Star Game. Hernandez, a five-time A.L. All-Star in his 10th Major League season, becomes only the second Mariner ever to start the All-Star Game, joining two-time A.L. starter Randy Johnson (1995 and 1997). “King Felix” is now the first Venezuelan pitcher to start the Midsummer Classic. The 28-year-old ace won the 2010 A.L. Cy Young Award and he threw the 23rd perfect game in Major League history on August 15, 2012. In his 20 starts in 2014, Hernandez is 11-2 with a 2.12 ERA (144.1 IP, 105 H, 25 BB, 154 SO, 0.90 WHIP). Hernandez’s 11 wins are a career best at the All-Star break, surpassing his 10 in both 2009 and 2013. On Friday against the Major League-leading Oakland Athletics, Hernandez made his 11th consecutive start of at least seven innings and two earned runs or less, equaling the longest such streak by an A.L. hurler since that of Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry with the 1974 Cleveland Indians.
Felix will match-up against St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright.
And here is the starting lineup for the American League, with Robinson Cano batting 3rd and playing second base.
You can watch the All-Star game starting at 4:30 pm PT on FOX (KCPQ 13 in Seattle).