Felix Hernandez SP SEA 27 Days

Hernandez threw his first bullpen session of spring Thursday and will throw at least one more, plus live batting practice, before pitching his first Cactus League game, the Seattle Times reports.

Hernandez reported to camp weighing 210, down 15 pounds from last year. He said he wasn't necessarily trying to lose weight, but he intends to maintain that weight throughout the season. He said his first bullpen session went great. "I was looking for location and trying to throw strikes and giving my pitches a chance to work," he said.

Felix Hernandez SP SEA 6 Months

Hernandez pitched 5.1 shutout innings in his final start of the season Sunday, allowing one hit and no walks with seven strikeouts in a win against the Angels.

Hernandez was cruising along but was pulled shortly after the Mariners were eliminated from the playoff race thanks to an A's win. His only hit allowed was a broken-bat single. Hernandez finishes 15-6 in 34 starts this season. In his 13 games without a decision, Hernandez posted a 1.88 ERA while the Mariners totaled a mere 20 runs of support. Hernandez's 2.14 ERA is tops in the AL, second only to Clayton Kershaw's 1.77 ERA in baseball. He also led the AL in WHIP (0.92), BAA (.200) and QS (27) and finished in the top 5 in IP (236), strikeouts (248), K:BB (5.39), K/9 (9.46), G/F (1.35) and FIP (2.62).

Felix Hernandez SP SEA 6 Months

Hernandez's ERA dropped from 2.34 to 2.18 Saturday when a scoring change resulted in four fewer earned runs from his last start Tuesday against the Blue Jays, the Associated Press reports.

Hernandez failed to field a bunt during a seven-run fifth inning, which was called a hit by the official scorer. MLB Executive Vice President Joe Torre changed the decision to an error Saturday, making the final four runs of the inning unearned. Hernandez has one start left this season, Sunday against the Angels, to win the AL ERA title. Chris Sale leads the league with a 2.17 ERA.

Felix Hernandez SP SEA 6 Months

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon expects Hernandez to start Sunday against the Angels, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. "That could change, but as we speak now, I fully expect him to pitch," McClendon said Wednesday.

Hernandez turned in his worst start of the year Tuesday, giving up eight runs in just 4.2 innings against Toronto, the same number of runs he'd given up in his previous five starts combined. However, with the M's still mathematically alive for the second AL wild card spot, McClendon expects to start the right-hander in the regular-season finale. He'll make his final case to fend off Chris Sale and Corey Kluber for the AL Cy Young award.

Felix Hernandez SP SEA 6 Months

Hernandez was lit up by the Jays on Tuesday, getting touched up for eight runs -- all of them earned -- on seven hits while walking three and fanning four in the loss.

King Felix looked good with a 2-1 lead heading into the fifth inning before a homer, a double, three singles and three walks spelled the end of his night and put the M's behind 8-2. Of course, fantasy owners are willing to forgive the occasional disastrous outing by one of baseball's elite pitchers, but Hernandez's implosion couldn't have come at a worse time for Seattle, who is trying to chase down the Royals and Athletics for a Wild Card spot. The King will toe the rubber one last time this season Sunday against the Angels it what could be a game with monumental playoff implications at Safeco Field.

Felix Hernandez SP SEA 6 Months

Hernandez pitched seven shutout innings Thursday, allowing three hits and two walks with 11 strikeouts but received zero run support for no decision against the Angels.

A night after clinching the division, the Angels fielded a Triple-A lineup that never challenged Hernandez. But walking two against a lineup with seven recent callups is questionable. Far worse than that, though, the Mariners couldn't get past second base in the first six innings against two pitchers who entered with a combined 51 innings this season, depriving Hernandez of what easily should have been his 15th win. After a slight blip in late August, Hernandez has allowed only three runs in his last four starts. It was his sixth double-digit strikeout game as he set a career high with 236 strikeouts this season.

Felix Hernandez SP SEA 6 Months

Hernandez pitched a strong seven innings Saturday, allowing two runs on seven hits and no walks with eight strikeouts against the A's.

Hernandez's one mistake was a pitch to Josh Donaldson that ended up in the seats. He gave up only one other extra base hit. It is the ninth time this season he has not issued a walk.

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Hernandez threw six shutout innings in a no-decision Monday, allowing five hits while walking four and striking out eight Astros.

Hernandez lacked his usual command, needing 99 pitches (60 strikes) to get through six innings and tying a season-high with four free passes, but still battled to keep Houston scoreless. King Felix remains 14-5 on the year with a 2.12 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 217:41 K:BB ratio over 212 innings. Hernandez will take the hill versus the A's at home Saturday.

Felix Hernandez SP SEA 7 Months

Hernandez struck out four and walked two while giving up one run on three hits over eight innings to earn his 14th win of the season Wednesday.

The damage came from an Adam Dunn home run in the fourth inning, but Hernandez was sharp otherwise while outpitching A's lefty Jon Lester. Hernandez is lined up for his next start Monday against the Astros, before a rematch with Lester and the A's at Safeco Field on September 14.

Felix Hernandez SP SEA 7 Months

Hernandez gave up a season-high five earned runs on a career-high four home runs Friday, allowing 10 hits and one walk with one strikeout in seven innings in a loss to the Nationals.

Hernandez was up in the zone all night, and the Nationals made him pay. It was the third consecutive start in which he has not been his usual dominant self. He has allowed 10 runs in those three starts -- as many as he allowed in his previous nine starts. He had allowed just nine home runs in 27 starts before Friday's quadruple-bomb night.