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(AP) Felix Hernandez had his mind made up that he would get the Seattle Mariners’ season off to a strong start and provide a tiny bit of momentum on April 1.

Hernandez struck out eight on opening day in his first start since signing a $175 million, Sevenyear contract in january, And the Mariners beat the Oakland sports 20 on Monday night.

“It feels first rate, Hernandez said. “I was hoping to get us started the proper way, And with a win it works out decent. many artisans special,

King Felix surrendered one walk while stalking 7 2/3 scoreless innings. He didn’t allow a hit until John Jaso doubled to leftcenter with one out in the fourth, Only two or three hours after the pitcher gifted his former backstop with a Rolex watch for catching his perfect game in August against the Rays.

Hernandez (10) Outdueled Brett Anderson while making his sixth career opening day start and fifth uninterruptedly, Retiring the first 10 batters of the match in order.

Franklin Gutierrez hit a tworun single in the fifth to be able to a scoreless tie, And it held up for Hernandez.

He turned into Charlie Furbush after allowing Seth Smith’s twoout double in the eighth and a walk to Eric Sogard. Furbush walked Coco Crisp and Seattle manager Eric Wedge then gone to Stephen Pryor, Who got from it on pinchhitter Derek Norris’ groundout. Tom Wilhelmsen closed out threehitter.

There wouldn’t be any walkoff magic in Game 1. san mateo led the majors with 14 such wins in 2012.

The Mariners snapped a sevengame losing streak to the A’s, Who had their secondlongest unbeaten run in the rivalry in the last 20 years behind a 15game winning stretch from April 7Aug. 16, 2006.

They are well helpful to King Felix, Who moving the clubs’ season opener in Tokyo last spring, Then Seattle’s home opener from A’s and again in Oakland’s home opener.

“It is a bit repetitive that we see him as often as we do, Such as last year appropriately, three, A’s fx broker Bob Melvin said. “He pitched great. He was pretty unstable tonight,

Anderson struck out along side it in order in the first on 13 pitches, Getting Gutierrez on three pitch. and, Hernandez topped that in his newbie off the mound with a sevenpitch, 123 inning.

Seattle hardly looked road weary after leaving the Arizona desert and spring practicing 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 entire performance as Seattle kicked off a sevengame 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 endeavour for career win No. 100 on weekend in Chicago.

“Shhhhh, never say it, not, he explained. “It’s going to be special, It’s gonna be good to finally get to 100. i’m going to try to do it in my second start,

The 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner, Who revolves 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 within offseason, popped out on the second pitch he saw in the first before his fourthinning double. Then by the sixth, He struck out swapping partners to end a 10pitch atbat and 22pitch inning for Hernandez.

About 90 tracfone minutes before first pitch, Hernandez had a Rolex watch shipped from a clubhouse employee to Jaso, Quite the thankyou gift for his part to the ace righthander’s perfecto.

“He broke up the nohitter, Hernandez assumed. “I was going to say, man, What time does it include?or,–“

The A’s had their white towelwaving sellout crowd of 36,067 back in force just like last fall during the club’s wonderful run to the playoffs. Oakland lost in Game 5 of the AL office series to Detroit.

“It was first day. It’s gonna be loud, numerous people, Hernandez rumoured. “I was just on my game, trying to make good pitches.. these types of boo me, I told me, ok, avoid, I’m running my job.’ I know folks in Seattle were watching the game. it turned out like 50,000 people out there, completely crazy. I talked about, C’mon, I’ve got to be good.'”

Anderson (01) authorized two runs and four hits in seven solid innings, Struck out six and walked four while tossing 108 pitches in his first career start on opening day. The lefthander successfully returned last August following a 14month recovery from Tommy John rebuilding elbow surgery.

Anderson struck out Michael Morse to start the second then walked Justin Smoak on five pitches. afterwards Kyle Seager singled off Anderson’s leg, Jesus Montero grounded into a double play on which second baseman Sogard made an amazing diving stop and backhanded flip to shortstop Jed Lowrie in time for him to throw to first.

The san francisco bay area awoke to gray clouds and a steady, Hard elements, Only for the skies to pay off and turn blue.

throughout four hours before first pitch, Ballpark workers with handheld driers walked with stands to clean up the seats while Seattle players ran around in right field throwing a football in shorts and Tshirts.

your current Mariners, Coming off a spring featuring a franchisebest 22 wins, Began a season without Ichiro Suzuki the very first time in 13 years. He won the AL Rookie of the year and MVP awards in 2001.

insights: Hernandez encompasses a 1.33 ERA with 41 Ks in his openingday outings 35 your strikeouts in five opening starts vs. walnut creek. He has allowed six earned runs in those hearings.. His six starts on opening day matched Randy Johnson for many in club history.. Anderson is 74 making use of 1.83 ERA in 14 career starts from the Mariners.. Oakland invited 15 season ticketholders onto the field for pregame introductions.. The A’s won the 2012 season succession 127. If the recent pattern provides any indication, within the last seven seasons Oakland has won the even years 2006, 08, 10 and 12 and the Mariners the odd number of 2007, 09 and 11.

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