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Postby kaisy on Sat Oct 12, 2013 2:22 am

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Felix Hernandez had his mind made up that he would get the Seattle Mariners season off to a strong start and provide a little bit of momentum on April 1. No arguing that. He delivered against the defending AL West champions. Hernandez struck out eight on opening day in his first start since signing a $175 million, seven-year contract in February, and the Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 2-0 on Monday night. "It feels pretty good," Hernandez said. "I was hoping to get us started the right way, and with a win it works out pretty good. Its pretty special." King Felix surrendered one walk while pitching 7 2/3 scoreless innings. He didnt allow a hit until John Jaso doubled to left-centre with one out in the fourth, only a couple of hours after the pitcher gifted his former backstop with a Rolex watch for catching his perfect game in August against the Rays. Hernandez (1-0) outdueled Brett Anderson while making his sixth career opening day start and fifth in a row, retiring the first 10 batters of the game in order. Franklin Gutierrez hit a two-run single in the fifth to break a scoreless tie, and it held up for Hernandez. He gave way to Charlie Furbush after allowing Seth Smiths two-out double in the eighth and a walk to Eric Sogard. Furbush walked Coco Crisp and Seattle manager Eric Wedge then went to Stephen Pryor, who got out of it on pinch-hitter Derek Norris groundout. Tom Wilhelmsen closed out the three-hitter. There wouldnt be any walkoff magic in Game 1. Oakland led the majors with 14 such wins in 2012. The Mariners snapped a seven-game losing streak to the As, who had their second-longest unbeaten run in the rivalry over the past 20 years behind a 15-game winning stretch from April 7-Aug. 16, 2006. They are well accustomed to King Felix, who started the clubs season opener in Tokyo last spring, then Seattles home opener against the As and again in Oaklands home opener. "It is a bit redundant that we see him as often as we do, such as last year -- how many times, three?" As manager Bob Melvin said. "He pitched great. He was pretty unpredictable tonight." Anderson struck out the side in order in the first on 13 pitches, getting Gutierrez on three pitches. Then, Hernandez topped that in his first time off the mound with a seven-pitch, 1-2-3 inning. Seattle hardly looked road weary after leaving the Arizona desert and spring training for an exhibition Saturday in Salt Lake City before a flight to the Bay Area and a workout Sunday at the Coliseum. Hernandez delivered a signature performance as Seattle kicked off a seven-game road trip to start the season -- four games in Oakland followed by three against the White Sox before opening at Safeco Field on Monday against the Houston Astros. Hernandez will try for career win No. 100 on Saturday in Chicago. "Shhhhh, dont say it, not yet," he said. "Its going to be special, its going to be good to finally get to 100. Im going to try to do it in my second start." The 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner, who turns 27 on April 8, certainly showed on Day 1 he is plenty stretched out by tossing 109 pitches. Jaso, traded by the Mariners to their division rival during the off-season, popped out on the second pitch he saw in the first before his fourth-inning double. Then in the sixth, he struck out swinging to end a 10-pitch at-bat and 22-pitch inning for Hernandez. About 90 minutes before first pitch, Hernandez had a Rolex watch delivered from a clubhouse employee to Jaso, quite the thank-you gift for his part in the ace right-handers perfecto. "He broke up the no-hitter," Hernandez said. "I was going to say, Dude, what time is it?" The As had their yellow towel-waving sellout crowd of 36,067 back in force just like last fall during the clubs remarkable run to the playoffs. Oakland lost in Game 5 of the AL division series to Detroit. "It was opening day. Its going to be loud, a lot of people," Hernandez said. "I was just on my game, trying to make good pitches. ... They boo me, I said, OK, yeah, Im doing my job. I know the people in Seattle were watching the game. It was like 50,000 people out there, it was crazy. I said, Cmon, Ive got to do something good." Anderson (0-1) allowed two runs and four hits in seven solid innings, struck out six and walked four while throwing 108 pitches in his first career start on opening day. The left-hander successfully returned last August following a 14-month recovery from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. Anderson struck out Michael Morse to start the second then walked Justin Smoak on five pitches. After Kyle Seager singled off Andersons leg, Jesus Montero grounded into a double play on which second baseman Sogard made a terrific diving stop and backhanded flip to shortstop Jed Lowrie in time for him to throw to first. The Bay Area awoke to grey clouds and a steady, hard rain, only for the skies to clear and turn blue. More than four hours before first pitch, ballpark workers with hand-held driers walked through the stands to clean up the seats while Seattle players ran around in right field throwing a football in shorts and T-shirts. The Mariners, coming off a spring featuring a franchise-best 22 wins, began a season without Ichiro Suzuki for the first time in 13 years. He won the AL Rookie of the Year and MVP awards in 2001. Notes: Hernandez has a 1.33 ERA with 41 Ks in his opening-day outings -- 35 of those strikeouts in five opening starts vs. Oakland. He has allowed six earned runs in those appearances. ... His six starts on opening day matched Randy Johnson for most in club history. ... Anderson is 7-4 with a 1.83 ERA in 14 career starts against the Mariners. ... Oakland invited 15 season ticketholders onto the field for pregame introductions. ... The As won the 2012 season series 12-7. If the recent pattern provides any indication, over the past seven seasons Oakland has won the even years -- 2006, 08, 10 and 12 -- and the Mariners the odd years of 2007, 09 and 11. Womens Coby Fleener Jersey . Hamilton tallied twice in the second period, including the game-winner on a penalty shot, and MacIntyre stopped 27 of 28 shots to lead the Marlies to a 2-1 victory over the visiting Rochester Americans in American Hockey League action on Wednesday. Limited Colts Jersey . Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma said Malkin will not play against the New York Islanders on Sunday night. Malkin, who missed four games with a concussion late last month, just returned to the lineup on Monday. ... Xw-34.html . -- Steven Lenhart scored two goals, including the tying score in second-half stoppage time as the San Jose Earthquakes rallied for a 3-3 draw with FC Dallas on Saturday night. Pat Angere Jersey For Sale . On the fourth day, the Victoria native used a late move to grab the pink jersey back from the Spanish rider. Hesjedal caught everyone by surprise Saturday when he broke away from the peloton with just over a kilometre to go. Stanley Havili Jersey . Boston signed the 24-year-old forward to an US$18-million, four-year deal that pays $4.5 million per season. Marchand, a key part of the Bruins Stanley Cup championship in 2011, had 28 goals and 27 assists last season. ISTANBUL, Turkey -- It was disappointing night for Latin American teams at the Under 20-World Cup as Greece scored late to beat Mexico 2-1 and South American champion Colombia was held to 1-1 by Australia on Saturday. Greece, making its debut in the 24-team tournament, scored first in Gaziantep through Andreas Bouchalakis in the 16th minute. Mexicos Jorge Espericueta drew the CONCACAF champion level in the 40th of the Group D match with a wonderful free kick from 25 yards. Dimitrios Kolovos then made a turn in the area and scored a late winner in the 88th. In Group C, Colombia came from a goal down against Australia in Trabzon. Sixteen-year-old Daniel De Silva, the youngest player at the tournament, opening the scoring in the 46th, finishing a strong run by eluding Felipe Aguilar in the area and cooling slotting it in. With time running out, Jhon Cordoba took a pass from Felipe Aguilar, turned and fired past out-of-position goalkeeper Paul Izzo. Security has been stepped up at all seven sites following weeks of sometimes violent protests. The protests began over plans to replace a popular park in Isstanbul with a mall and broadened into discontent over what opponents say is Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogans increasingly authoritarian and meddlesome ways.dddddddddddd The matches have not been targeted by protesters but on Saturday Turkish police used water cannon to disperse thousands gathered in Istanbuls Taksim Square to observe a memorial for four people killed during recent anti-government protests. The host team showed no apparent effect from the protests as it made an ideal start with a 3-0 win over El Salvador to top Group C. Cenk Sahin launched an attack down the right side in the ninth before sending a low cross for Salih Ucan to slot home. The two teamed up again after halftime, as Ucan slipped a pass to Sahin, who scored the first of his two goals in the 46th. Seventeen minutes later, Sahin slotted home inside the far post to put the match out of reach. In the other Group D match, Paraguay and Mali settled for a 1-1 draw. Malis Adama Niane gave his side the lead after three minutes before the favourite Paraguay drew level in the 7th courtesy of Jorge Rojas. ' ' '
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