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).
Check out some of the All-Star gear that just arrived, including the batting practice jerseys Felix Hernandez, Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager will wear for the All-Star game.
The 2014 All Star Game will be played Tuesday, July 15, in Minnesota. The game will air on FOX (KCPQ-13 in Seattle) starting at 5 pm PT. The Home Run Derby will air on ESPN starting at 5 pm PT Monday from Target Field.
With the temperature at game time hovering around 84 degrees for Bark At The Park, there were a lot more “hot dogs” at Safeco Field than usual.
Over 300 dogs and their human companions turned out for the Mariners first-ever Bark At The Park on July 8th (vs. Twins).
There was a lot of sniffing, barking and tail wagging as the dogs and their owners got to know each other. There were plenty of treats, Mariners logoed bandanas, a kiddie pool for cool down, and a patch of soft, green grass where the dogs could take care of their business. A clean-up squad from Poopless in Seattle kept the area spotless.
Dogs came in all sizes and breeds (several indeterminate), from tiny Chihuahuas to an Irish Wolfhound. The Seattle Police and King County Sheriff’s Department bomb sniffing dogs, Dennis and Chase, hung out for a while after they finished their security sweep.
KJR Sports Radio Alum Mike Gastineau and his wife Rene brought their rescue dog Chico, and 710 ESPN’s Jim “Go To Guy” Moore came with Willie and his family.
The night was capped with a brisk walk around the bases after the game.
Our thanks to the corporate partners who made Bark At The Park possible: AvoDerm, Nylabone, Central Garden and Pet, Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation and the Pets Add Life Campaign.
Game #90: Seattle Mariners (49-40) vs. Minnesota Twins (39-49) | 7:10 pm | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: RHP Chris Young (8-4, 3.11) vs. RHP Phil Hughes (8-5, 3.95)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also on Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Game Information: Mariners | Twins | Mariners-Twins History
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez has been named the American League Pitcher of the Month for June.
Hernandez went 3-1 with a 1.22 ERA (6 ER, 44.1 IP) in 6 starts during the month. He struck out 54 batters during the month to tie for 2nd in the AL (Darvish – 57, Price – 54), the most strikeouts he has recorded in a month during his career (previous: 51 in June 2010, August 2010, August 2011).
His 1.22 ERA is 10th-lowest in a month in club history (min. 5 GS), and the 4th-lowest of his career (0.82 – August 2010, 0.94 – June 2009, 1.08 – August 2012).
This is the fourth monthly honor for Hernandez, also winning the award in August 2012, September 2009 and June 2009. Felix is the only pitcher in club history to win more than two Pitcher of the Month awards (Randy Johnson – 2, Mark Langston – 2). Edgar Martinez won five Player of the Month Awards during his Mariners career.
For the season, Hernandez is 10-2 with a 2.10 ERA and has recorded 137 strikeouts in his 18 starts.
|Felix’s American League Pitcher of the Month Awards:|
|June 2014: 6 GS, 3-1, 1.22, 54 SO|
|August 2012: 5 GS, 4-0, 1.08, 31 SO|
|September 2009: 7 GS, 6-0, 1.52, 38 SO|
|June 2009: 5 GS, 3-0, 0.94, 35 SO|
Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager has been named the American League Player of the Week for June 23-29. It is the second Player of the Week honor of the season for Seager who shared the award for April 21-27 with Chicago’s Jose Abreu.
Seager batted .583 (14×24) with 5 runs, 3 doubles, 2 home runs, 8 RBI and a 1.542 OPS in 6 games vs. the Red Sox and Indians (4-2 team record). This is the third weekly honor for the Mariners this season (Seager and Felix Hernandez, June 2-8). It is the first time since 2006 (Ibañez, Ichiro, Pineiro) the Mariners have had three Player of the Week awards in a season.
In six games last week, Seager paced the Majors with 14 hits and a .958 slugging percentage while leading the A.L. with eight RBI. The left-handed-hitting slugger had the second-highest batting average among qualifying A.L. hitters. He also ranked second in on-base percentage (.583) and total bases (23) and collected hits in every game last week including five multi-hit games during the week.
The Mariners already have King Felix and the King’s Court. Now we have Sir Rizzs. The Mariners longtime broadcaster was “Knighted” by Miss Seafair Rio Barber in a special ceremony near home plate at Safeco Field.
Each year, Seafair royalty honor deserving individuals for their contributions to Seattle’s quality of life.
As Rizzs knelt before her, Miss Seafair tapped him on each shoulder with a sword, declaring him the “Royal Sage of Safeco Field and the Prince of Play-by-Play.”
Rio noted that Rizzs has been “admired by fans for many years.”
In addition to his broadcasting duties, Rizzs is committed to community service. Rick’s Toys for Kids, the charity he founded with former Mariners players, including Dave Henderson, raises funds to buy holiday gifts for children in the greater Seattle area who might not otherwise receive them. With the help of the Seattle Mariners RBI Club, which puts on a fundraising dinner each year, Toys for Kids has raised more than $1 million, purchased more than 40,000 gifts and helped host more than 50 holiday parties since 1995.
After the knighting ceremony Rizzs quipped that he would like to be called Sir Ricks-A-Lot.