BY SPNW Staff 07:36AM 07/03/2012

#83: Hot Felix Focused On Slumping Orioles

The Mariners and Orioles continue their three-game series at Safeco Field Tuesday. Seattle has five games left before the major league All-Star break, which runs from July 9-12.

Baltimore's Brian Roberts (1) is a career .317 hitter (with 19 home) against the Seattle Mariners. / Wiki Commons

GAME: Orioles (42-37, 2nd, AL East, – 6.0 GB) at Mariners (35-47, 4th, AL West, – 16.0 GB). GAME #: 83. SERIES: 2nd of 3 games. MEETING: 2nd (Mariners lead 1-0). WHEN: Tuesday, 7:10 p.m., Safeco Field. PROBABLE PITCHERS: LHP Wei-Yin Chen (Baltimore, 7-4, 3.73) vs. RHP Felix Hernandez (Seattle, 6-5, 3.09). STREAKS: Mariners W 1; Orioles L 3. TV: ROOT Sports, MLB TV. RADIO: KIRO 710 (Seattle), Mariners Radio Network.

Over the past 10 games, Mariners starters have posted a 2.40 ERA (16 ER, 60.0 IP) with 64 strikeouts, numbers that could be enhanced considerably if Felix Hernandez, who starts Tuesday night against Baltimore, pitches to recent form. In his last two starts, Hernandez has fanned 23, walked only two and won twice.

The Mariners, who beat the Orioles Monday night 6-3 thanks largely to a Casper Wells three-run double, will get their first look at Wei-Yin Chen, a lefty making his maiden tour of the American League after a long career in Japan. A closer look:

MARINERS: RHP Felix Hernandez (6-5, 3.09 ERA, 1.22 WHIP)

Felix Hernandez

The 25-year-old Hernandez, in his eighth major league season, all with the Mariners, will be making his 17th start and first against the Orioles. Hernandez is coming off a spectacular 13-strikeout performance in a 1-0 win over the Boston Red Sox June 28.

A native of Valencia, VZ., the 6-3, 230-pound Hernandez was signed as a non-drafted free agent July 4, 2002 by Seattle scout Bob Engle.

He made his major league debut Aug. 4, 2005, absorbing a 3-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers, in a game in which Hernandez allowed one earned run and fanned four. Hernandez is a two-time American League All-Star (2009, 2011) and won the AL Cy Young award in 2010, when he went 13-12 with a 2.27 ERA.

Hernandez has worked into the seventh inning in 12 of his 16 starts and into the eighth inning six times. Hernandez has won his past two starts after not winning in four starts dating to May 21. Hernandez has a career record of 91-72, 3.23.

  • LAST START: June 28 at Safeco Field, defeated Boston 1-0; threw a complete game, five-hitter with a season-high 13 strikeouts and one walk; threw a season-high 128 pitches, 84 for strikes.
  • LAST VS. ORIOLES: May 11, 2011, at Camden Yards, lost 4-2; allowed four earned runs on seven hits over 5.0 innings; struck out four, walked three while facing 25 batters.
  • CAREER VS. ORIOLES: 5-4, 3.46 ERA in 13 starts, covering 83.1 innings; 64 strikeouts to 27 walks; 6.9 strikeouts per nine innings; three home runs.
  • AT SAFECO FIELD: 47-32, 3.15 ERA in 109 games, all starts, covering 752.1 innings; 711 strikeouts to 217 walks; 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings; 62 home runs.
  • LOVES TO FACE: Robert Andino (0-for-5, .000 BA), Nolan Reimold (0-for-4, .000 BA), Taylor Teagarden (3-for-13, .231 BA).
  • HATES TO FACE: Endy Chavez (6-for-10, .600 BA), Nick Markakis (13-for-28, .464 BA), Brian Roberts (12-for-33, .364 BA).
  • CURRENT ORIOLES VS. HERNANDEZ: 60-for-173, .347 BA, five home runs, 36 strikeouts.

Felix / 2012

  • March 28 (ND, 0-0): Pitched well enough to win season debut, but the Mariners and A’s battled through a 1-1 tie until the 11th when Seattle pushed across two runs to win 3-1, a Tokyo Dome contest that featured a home run and two RBIs by Dustin Ackley and a 4-for-5 performance by Ichiro.
  • April 7: (W, 1-0): Didn’t have best stuff — allowed six earned runs on eight hits over 6.1 IP — but 13 hits, 3 by Chone Figgins, staked him to a 6-0 lead.
  • April 13 (L, 1-1): Allowed two earned runs on seven hits over 7 IP, but lost to Bartolo Colon and the A’s 4-0; fanned six and walked two in a 107-pitch effort that included 69 strikes; had an equal number of ground ball and fly ball outs, 10.
  • April 19 (ND, 1-1): Gave up five hits and no runs in 8.0 innings vs. Cleveland at Safeco Field; had 12 strikeouts and one walk; Brandon League relieved and sustained a blown save and the 2-1 loss.
  • April 25 (W, 2-1): Defeated Detroit 9-1 at Comerica Park; allowed one earned run on four hits over 7.0 innings; three walks in the first inning.
  • April 30 (ND, 2-1) Took a no-decision in Seattle’s 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay when Brandon League blew the save and game; allowed one earned run on five hits over 8.0 innings; fanned nine and walked four; threw 106 pitches, 71 for strikes.
  • May 5 (W, 3-1): Beat Twins 7-0; allowed one hit over 8.0 innings, struck out nine and walked two; threw 107 pitches, 71 for strikes.
  • May 11 (L, 3-2): Lost 6-2 when Ibanez belted a three-run homer; allowed four earned runs on a season-high 11 hits; struck out seven, walked two.
  • May 16 (L, 3-3): At Cleveland, lost 9-3; gave up eight earned runs on a season-high 10 hits in just 3.2 innings; struck out three and walked three; threw 103 pitches, 60 for strikes.
  • May 21 (W, 4-3): Defeated the Rangers 6-1; allowed one run on six hits over 8.0 innings; struck out seven, walked two and allowed one home run.
  • May 26 (L, 4-4): At Safeco Field, lost to the Los Angeles Angels 5-3; allowed five earned runs on 10 hits over 6.0 innings; struck out seven and walked one; allowed two home runs.
  • June 1 (ND, 4-4): At Chicago, took a no-decision in a 7-4 loss to the White Sox; allowed four earned runs on five hits over 4.0 innings and surrendered a season-high three home runs.
  • June 12 (L, 4-5): At Safeco Field, lost to Padres 5-4; allowed five earned runs on nine hits in 6.0 innings; struck out three and walked three; threw 92 pitches, 56 for strikes.
  • June 23 (W, 5-5): At San Diego, defeated the Padres 5-1; allowed one earned run on six hits over 7.0 innings; struck out 10 and walked one; threw 94 pitches, 64 for strikes.
  • June 28 (W, 6-5): At Safeco Field, defeated Boston 1-0; threw a complete game, five-hitter with a season-high 13 strikeouts and just one walk; threw a season-high 128 pitches, 84 for strikes.

ORIOLES: LHP Wei-Yin Chen (7-4, 3.73 ERA, 1.32 WHIP)

Wei-Yin Chen

The 26-year-old Chen, in his first season in the major leagues, will make his 16th start and first against the Mariners. Chen is coming off a 7-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians June 28.

A native of Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, the 6-0, 195-pound Chen signed with the Orioles as an amateur free agent Jan. 10. Prior to joining the Orioles, Chen pitched for the Chunichi Dragons in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) from 2004-2010.

Chen won the 2009 Central League ERA title with the lowest ERA (1.54) since the 1968 season. Chen had Tommy John surgery at the end of 2006 season.

In addition to his time with Chunichi, Chen pitched for the Chinese Taipei national team in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games.

Chen throws a fastball that is usually around 90-92 mph (tops out at 96 mph). The best breaking ball in his repertoire is a mid-80s slider.

Chen made his major league debut April 10 against the New York Yankees at Camden Yards. He received a no-decision after allowing two earned runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings. He struck out six and walked one and allowed one home run.

  • 2012: Chen has worked into the seventh inning in six of his 15 starts. He has his best outing June 17 against Atlanta when he defeated the Braves 2-0, scattering six hits over 6.0 innings. Chen was shelled three times, May 20 at Washington (six earned runs), June 1 at Toronto (five earned runs) and in his last start. He has allowed two or fewer runs 10 times.
  • LAST START: June 28 vs. Cleveland, lost 7-2; allowed six earned runs in six hits in 6.1 innings; struck out three, walked three; one home run.
  • LAST VS. MARINERS: Never faced.
  • CAREER VS. MARINERS: No record.
  • AT SAFECO FIELD: No record.
  • LOVES/HATES TO FACE: No record.

LAST GAME

Mariners 6, Orioles 3

AT SEATTLE (July 2): Casper Wells whacked a go-ahead, three-run double with two outs in the seventh inning to lift the Mariners to a 6-3 win over the slumping Orioles at Safeco Field. Miguel Olivo and Dustin Ackley added back-to-back homers in the eighth inning. Steve Delabar (2-1) worked two innings striking out three,  for the win. The loss was Baltimore’s 10th in the past 13 games. Seattle took a 1-0 lead in the third when the unlikely trio of Chone Figgins, Munenori Kawasaki and Brendan Ryan — none of whom entered the night hitting higher than .186 — combined to plate the first run. Figgins singled, moved up on Kawasaki’s sacrifice and scored on Ryan’s siingle. Hasashi Iwakuma made a spot start, his first, with Kevin Millwood nursing a sore groin that has twice forced him to leave starts early in the past month. Iwakuma threw five innings, giving up three runs on  three hits.

AL WEST STANDINGS

Team W L Pct. GB Home Road Last 10 Streak
Rangers 50 30 .625 27-15 23-15 7-3 Lost 1
Angels 45 35 .563 5.0 22-17 23-18 7-3 Won 2
Athletics 39 42 .481 11.5 20-19 19-23 5-5 Won 2
Mariners 35 47 .427 16.0 16-23 19-24 5-5 Won 1

MARINERS / STATS NOTES

  • CURRENT HOME STAND: Three vs. Oakland Athletics, four vs. Boston Red Sox, three vs. Baltimore Orioles Monday-Wednesday.
  • MARINERS VS. ORIOLES: Mariners are 172-199 all-time vs. the Orioles, including 40-21 at Safeco Field. Mariners lost the 2011 series 2-4 and last defeated Baltimore in a season series in 2010 (6-3). Mariners last swept a season series from the Orioles at Safeco Field April 19-21, 2010. Orioles last swept a season series in Seattle May 16-18, 1994, when the Mariners played in the Kingdome.
  • HOME STAND PROMOTIONS: TUESDAY — King’s Court in session; Katie Flood, 2012 NCAA 1,500-meter champion from UW, ceremonial first pitch; Military Special Night (Military personnel receive $5 off select View Level seats or $10 off select Main Level seats); WEDNESDAYGrand Slam Family Package Day (ticket, hot dog and Pepsi for $15 per person for families of 4-12; Military Special Day; Senior Special Day.
  • LOG: Six runs scored by the Mariners Monday were the most at home since June 16 and only the second time they have reached that number at Safeco since May 21 . . . Casper Wells’ RBI Monday was his first since June 20 . . . Prior to Seattle’s six-run “outburst,”  the Mariners had scored just nine runs in the first seven games of the home stand . . . Over the past 10 games, Mariners starters have posted a 2.40 ERA with 64 strikeouts . . . The Mariners played without Franklin Gutierrez and Michael Saunders due to injury/illness. . . Seattle’s relievers are 9-2 with a 1.92 ERA since June 1 . . . The Mariners had three Japanese players in the starting lineup  – Ichiro Suzuki, Munenori Kawasaki and Hisashi Iwakuma — for the first time in major league history . . . Mariners announced the signing of No. 1 draft pick, catcher Mike Zunino, Monday and will trot him out for a press conference Tuesday . . . At the halfway mark in 2011, the Mariners had a 39-42 record and stood 4.0 games behind Texas in the AL West. After 81 games this year, the Mariners stood 34-47 and 16.5 games behind the Rangers.
  • SEASON SUMMARY: Series Record: Won 10, Split 1, Lost 15 . . . Sweeps: 2; Swept: 4. . . . Longest Win Streak: 4 (April 24-27, May 18-21); Longest Losing Streak: 7 (April 28-May 4) . . . Vs. AL East: 5-12; vs. AL Central: 9-11; vs. AL West: 13-14; vs. LAA: 2-5; vs. Oak: 6-4; vs. Tex: 5-5; vs. NL West: 8-10; vs. Interleague: 8-10 . . . Biggest Lead: 1.0, April 7; Farthest Behind: 16.5, July 2 . . . Most Runs Scored: 21, May 30 at Texas (21-8); Most Runs Allowed: 11, April 9 at Texas . . . Walk-Off Wins: 4, May 7, first since Sept. 14, 2011 vs. New York, and first via a sacrifice fly (John Jaso) since Sept. 14, 2007 vs. Tampa Bay (Jose Guillen); June 17 vs. San Francisco (Justin Smoak ninth-inning single); June 28 vs. Boston (Jaso ph ninth-inning single); June 30 vs. Boston (Chone Figgins sacrifice fly 11th inning) . . . Walk-Off Losses: 1, May 17, at Cleveland, Carlos Santana bases-loaded single off League in 11th . . . Times Opponent Shut out: 5; Times Shut out by Opponent: 10; Comeback Wins: 7; Largest Comeback: 3; Blown Leads: 22; Largest Comeback: 3.
  • BATTING: Mariners rank 12th (AL) in runs (322), 12th in hits (644), ninth in doubles (128), ninth in triples (11) and 10th in home runs (71) . . . Rank 12th in batting average (.233), 14th in on-base percentage (.296), 14th in slugging (.364) and 14th in OPS (.660) . . . batting 151-for-631 (.239) with runners in scoring position after going 3-for-9 Monday . . . out-homered 96-71. . . left 512 men on base, opponents 501 . . . scored 322 runs, opponents 343 . . . scored 162 of 322 runs in the first four innings . . . Mariners 27-11 when scoring 4+ runs . . . Batting Average: Ichiro, .268; Hits: Ichiro, 89; Runs: Dustin Ackley, 44; Home Runs: Justin Smoak, 11; RBIs: Kyle Seager, 46 . . . Batted around six times: April 7 at Oakland (4th inning), April 9 at Texas (1st), April 17 vs. Cleveland (4th), May 29 at Texas (8th), May 30 at Texas (2nd and 3rd).
  • BATTING EXTRA: Longest Hitting Streak: Dustin Ackley, 13 games, May 3-17 . . . Four-Hit Games: Ichiro, March 28 vs. Oakland; Justin Smoak, April 17 vs. Cleveland; Jesus Montero, May 1 at Tampa; Kyle Seager, May 30 at Texas; Michael Saunders, June 2, at Chicago; Ichiro, June 19 at Arizona; Franklin Gutierrez, June 22 at San Diego . . .  Grand Slams (2): Michael Saunders, April 27 at Toronto; Alex Liddi, May 23 vs. Texas . . . Back-To-Back Home Runs (2): Jesus Montero, Justin Smoak, 3rd inning, May 20, at Colorado; Miguel Olivo, Dustin Ackley, 8th inning, July 2, vs. Baltimore.
  • PITCHING: Mariners eighth in ERA (4.05), sixth in hits allowed (675), seventh in runs allowed (349), 12th in home runs allowed (96), eighth in walks (237) and sixth in strikeouts (606) . . . Games: Tom Wilhelmsen, 38; Starts: Jason Vargas 18; Wins: Vargas 7; ERA: Felix Hernandez 3.09; Complete Games: Kevin Milwood 1; Hernandez 1; Shutouts: Millwood 1; Hernandez 1; Saves: League 9 . . . Mariners starters have recorded 10 games with at least 8.0 IP . . . Tom Wilhelmsen has not allowed a run in his last 18.2 innings over 13 appearances.
  • ICHIRO (0-for-3 Monday) has 777 multi-hit games, which ranks fourth among active players, and No. 1 since his debut in 2001. Ichiro’s 48 games with four or more hits leads all active players . . . Three-hit game June 22 marked the 229th of his major league career . . . Ranks T92 on career hits list (2,517) with Hall of Famer Joe Morgan and needs seven to tie No. 91 Heinie Manush (2,524) . . . Has 37 leadoff home runs, No. 6 all time; needs one to tie Jimmy Rollins for No. 5 . . . Has recorded 99 outfield assists. Only Jeff Francouer, with 100, has more . . . With 99 career home runs, needs one to become the 12th Mariner with 100. Breakdown: 97 as a leadoff hitter, one batting second, one batting third.
  • ODDS/ENDS: Mariners have one more bobblehead night: July 28 (Dan Wilson and Randy Johnson).
  • DEBUTS: Munenori Kawasaki (April 7), Lucas Luetge (April 7), Erasmo Ramirez (April 9), Hisashi Iwakuma (April 20), Stephen Pryor (June 2).
  • DISABLED LIST: George Sherrill (60-day, April 13, strained flexor bundle), Adam Moore (15-day, March 28, fractured wrist), Mike Carp (15-day, June 13, inflamed right elbow); Franklin Gutierrez (7-day, June 29, concussion); Erasmo Ramirez (15-day, July 1, elbow).
  • EX-MARINERS VS. CURRENT MARINERS: April 19Jack Hannahan, Indians, 2-run single in ninth off Brandon League in Tribe’s 2-1 win; April 28Brandon Morrow, Blue Jays, one earned run over 7.0 innings in 7-0 win; May 11, Raul Ibanez, Yankees, 3-run homer off Felix Hernandez in 6-2 win; May 12Raul Ibanez, Yankees, solo homer off Hector Noesi in 6-2 win; May 15, David Ortiz, Red Sox, solo homer off Blake Beaven in 5-0 Red Sox win; May 16, Shin-Soo Choo (3), Asdrubal Cabrera (2) and Jose Lopez (1) combined for 6 hits in 9-3 Cleveland win; May 17, Casey Kotchman (2), Cabrera (2), Jose Lopez (1), Choo (1) had six of Cleveland’s 10 hits, plus 5 RBIs, in a 6-5 win.

2012 RECORDS / MILESTONES

  • April 24: Catcher Miguel Olivo matched the franchise record  when he was charged with three passed balls in a 7-4 win at Detroit. Jerry Narron let three balls get by him Oct. 4, 1980, and Jeff Clement did likewise Aug. 10, 2008 (Clement was catching knuckleballer R.A. Dickey).
  • April 27: Michael Saunders joined Donnie Scott (April 29, 1985) and Jimmy Presley (April 8, 1986) as the only Mariners to hit two home runs in a game in the ninth inning or later (solo homer in the 9th, grand slam in the 10th).
  • April 30: When both Miguel Olivo and Jesus Montero homered, it marked the first time in franchise history that two players had homered in the same game as a catcher.
  • May 2: Ichiro set a club record for most putouts by a right fielder in a nine-inning game, registering 10 in a 5-4 loss at Tampa.
  • May 3: The Mariners featured a lineup at Tampa Bay that included seven left- handed hitters and two switch-hitters. It marked only the third time in club history that the Mariners used an all left-sided lineup. Others: Aug. 13, 1983 at California and Aug. 9, 1983 at Oakland.
  • May 5: Combined one-hitter by Felix Hernandez and Steve Delabar vs. Minnesota was the 13th in Mariners history. Ten have been thrown by one pitcher, three combined. Most recent combined: Michael Pineda, Jeff Gray and Brandon League vs. Tampa, July 30, 2011. Most recent by one pitcher: Jarrod Washburn, July 6, 2009.
  • May 9: When John Jaso batted leadoff against Detroit, it marked the first time since 1978 that a catcher had hit first for the Marines (Bob Stinson). Oddly, lefty Jaso led off against Tiger lefty Drew Smyly.
  • May 8: Kevin Millwood’s 2-0 shutout marked his first in nearly nine years. He did not surrender his first hit until there were two outs in the sixth. Millwood’s gem marked only the fourth time in 1,440 games at Coors Field that an opposing pitcher held the Rockies to two hits or less while shutting them out. Millwood’s complete game also was the first by a Mariner in 2012.
  • May 27: The pinch-hit grand slam allowed by Felix Hernandez to Alberto Callaspo marked just the sixth against the Mariners in 35 years, and the first since May 6, 1988 when Pat Sheridan of Detroit hit one off Mike Jackson.
  • May 30: Mariners defeated Texas 21-8, just the third time in franchise history they have scored 20 or more runs in a game. The Mariners, with 20 hits, became the first team since 1880 to score 20 runs in a game in the same season it also go perfect-oed.
  • June 8: Kevin Millwood and five relievers collaborated for the 10th combined no-hitter in major league history in a 1-0 win over the Dodgers at Safeco Field. Millwood (6.0), Charlie Furbush (0.2), Stephen Pryor (0.1), Lucas Luetge (0.1), Brandon League (0.2), and Tom Wilhelmsen (1.0) tied the MLB record for most pitchers used in a no-hitter (Houston vs. the Yankees June 11, 2003). It marked the third no-hitter in Mariners history.
  • June 18: Aaron Hill of Arizona hit for the cycle in the Diamondbacks’ 7-1 win over the Mariners. Hill singled in the first (Hector Noesi), tripled in the third (Noesi), doubled in the fifth (Noesi) and homered in the seventh (Shawn Kelley).
  • June 19: Ichiro reached 2,500 hits (first-inning single) in the fourth-fewest games in major league history during a 12-9 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. His 2,500th hit came in his 1,817th game. Al Simmons had 2,500 hits in 1,784 games, Ty Cobb in 1,790 and George Sisler in 1,808 . . . When Kyle Seager and Brendan Ryan both hit three-run homers in the fifth inning, it marked the first time since July 30, 2003 vs. Detroit that the Mariners had a pair of three-run bombs in the same inning. In that July 30, 2003 game, John Olerud hit a three-run homer and Randy Winn a grand slam in the first inning.
  • July 1: One-time Mariner farmhand David Ortiz of the Red Sox hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th inning, giving Boston a 2-1 win over the Mariners.
  • July 3: In Seattle’s 6-3 win over Baltimore at Safeco Field, The Mariners had three Japanese players in the starting lineup – Ichiro Suzuki,  Munenori Kawasaki and Hisashi Iwakuma – for the first time in major league history.

MARINERS WON-LOSS BREAKDOWN

Rec. Home Road Day Night vs. RHP vs. LHP Hit HR No HR
35-47 16-23 19-24 8-16 26-33 24-34 11-13 23-21 10-26

MARINERS BATTING PROFILE

Avg. Home Road R HR OBP SLG OPS RISP
.233 .199 .259 322 71 .296 .364 .660 .239

MARINERS PITCHING PROFILE

Rec. ERA IP R ER HR BA OBP SLG
34-47 4.05 729.2 349 327 96 .246 .310 .403

PROBABLE PITCHERS

Date Day Opp. Probable Pitchers
7/3 Tue vs. Bal Felix Hernandez (6-5, 3.09) vs. Wei-Yin Chen (7-4, 3.73)
7/4 Wed vs. Bal Hector Noesi (2-10, 5.69) vs. Jake Arrieta (3-9, 5.81)

MARINERS 2012 SCHEDULE/RESULTS

March (1-1)

Gm.# Date Opp. W/L Rec. Win / Loss
1 3/28 at Oak W, 3-1 1-0 W: Wilhelmsen (1-0); L: Carignan (0-1)
2 3/29 at Oak L, 4-1 1-1 W: Colon (1-0); L: Kelley (0-1)

April (10-12)

Gm. # Date Opp. W/L Rec. Win / Loss
3 4/6 at Oak W, 7-3 2-1 W: Vargas (1-0); L: McCarthy (0-1)
4 4/7 at Oak W, 8-7 3-1 W: Hernandez (1-0); L: Colon (1-1)
5 4/9 at Tex L, 11-5 3-2 W: Darvish (1-0); L: Noesi (0-1)
6 4/10 at Tex L, 1-0 3-3 W: Feliz (1-0); L: Beavan (0-1)
7 4/11 at Tex W, 4-3 4-3 W: Luetge (1-0); L: Nathan (0-2)
8 4/12 at Tex L, 5-3 4-4 W: Holland (1-0); L: Vargas (1-1
9 4/13 vs Oak L, 4-0 4-5 W: Colon (2-1); L: Hernandez (1-1)
10 4/14 vs. Oak W, 4-0 5-5 W: Noesi (1-1); L: Milone (1-1)
11 4/15 vs. Oak W, 5-3 6-5 W: Beavan (1-1); L: Godfrey (0-2)
12 4/17 vs. Cle L, 9-8 6-6 W: Perez (0-1); L: Furbush (0-1)
13 4/18 vs. Cle W, 4-1 7-6 W: Vargas (2-1); L: Lowe (2-1)
14 4/19 vs. Cle L, 2-1 7-7 W: Tomlin (1-1); L: League (0-1)
15 4/20 vs. CWS L, 7-3 7-8 W: Sale (2-1); L: Noesi (1-2)
16 4/21 vs. CWS L, 4-0 7-9 W: Humber (1-0); Beavan (1-2)
17 4/22 vs. CWS L, 7-4 7-10 W: Danks (2-2); L: Millwood (0-1)
18 4/24 at Det W, 7-4 8-10 W: Vargas (3-1); L: Scherzer (1-2)
19 4/25 at Det W, 9-1 9-10 W: Fernandez (2-1); L: Wilk (0-3)
20 4/26 at Det W, 5-4 10-10 W: Furbush (1-1); L: Porcello (1-2)
21 4/27 at Tor W, 9-5 11-10 W: Furbush (2-1); L: Perez (2-1)
22 4/28 at Tor L, 7-0 11-11 W: Morrow (2-1); L: Millwood (0-2)
23 4/29 at Tor L, 7-2 11-12 W: Alvarez (1-2); L: Vargas (3-2)
24 4/30 at TB L, 3-2 11-13 W: Howell (1-0); L: League (0-2)

May (12-17)

Gm. # Date Opp. W/L Rec. Win / Loss
25 5/1 at TB L, 3-1 11-14 W: Moore (1-1); L: Noesi (1-3)
26 5/2 at TB L, 5-4 11-15 W: Shields (5-0); L: Beavan (1-3)
27 5/3 at TB L, 4-3 11-16 W: Niemann (2-3); L: Millwood (0-3)
28 5/4 vs. Min L, 3-2 11-17 W: Pavano (2-2); L: Wilhelmsen (1-1)
29 5/5 vs. Min W, 7-0 12-17 W: Hernandez (3-1); L: Marquis (2-1)
30 5/6 vs. Min W, 5-2 13-17 W: Noesi (2-3): L: Blackburn (0-4)
31 5/7 vs. Det W, 3-2 14-17 W: Delabar (1-0); L: Dotel (1-1)
32 5/8 vs. Det L, 6-4 14-18 W: Verlander (3-1); L: Millwood (0-4)
33 5/9 vs. Det W, 2-1 15-18 W: Vargas (4-2); L: Putkoen (0-1)
34 5/11 at NYY L, 6-2 15-19 W: Kuroda (3-4); L: Hernandez (3-2)
35 5/12 at NYY L, 6-2 15-20 W: Hughes (3-4); L: Noesi (2-4)
36 5/13 at NYY W, 6-2 16-20 W: Millwood (1-4); L: Pettitte (0-1)
37 5/14 at Bos L, 6-1 16-21 L: Lester (2-3); L: Vargas (4-3)
38 5/15 at Bos L, 5-0 16-22 W: Beckett (3-4); L: Beavan (1-4)
39 5/16 at Cle L, 9-3 16-23 W: Jimenez (4-3): L: Hernandez (3-3)
40 5/17 at Cle L, 6-5 16-24 W: Smith (4-1); L: League (0-3)
41 5/18 at Col W, 4-0 17-24 W: Millwood (2-4); L: White (0-3)
42 5/19 at Col W, 10-3 18-24 W: Vargas (5-3); L: Friedrich (1-1)
43 5/20 at Col W, 6-4 19-24 W: Beavan (2-4); L: Guthrie (2-2)
44 5/21 vs. Tex W, 6-1 20-24 W: Hernandez (4-3); L: Darvish (6-2)
45 5/22 vs. Tex L, 3-1 20-25 W: Harrison (5-3): L: Noesi (2-5)
46 5/23 vs. Tex W, 5-3 21-25 W: Millwood (3-4); L: Feldman (0-2)
47 5/24 vs. LAA L, 3-0 21-26 W: Haren (2-5); L: Vargas (5-4)
48 5/25 vs. LAA L, 6-4 21-27 W: Isringhausen (1-0); L: League (0-4)
49 5/26 vs. LAA L, 5-3 21-28 W: Williams (5-2); L: Hernandez (4-4)
50 5/27 vs. LAA L, 4-2 21-29 W: Wilson (5-4); L: Noesi (2-6)
51 5/28 at Tex L, 4-2 21-30 W: Harrison (6-3); L: Delabar (1-1)
52 5/29 at Tex W, 10-3 22-30 W: Vargas (6-4); L: Feldman (0-3)
53 5/30 at Tex W, 21-8 23-30 W: Beaven (3-4); L: Holland (4-4)

June (11-16)

Gm. # Date Opp. W/L Rec. Win / Loss
54 6/1 at CWS L, 7-4 23-31 W: Jesse Crain (1-0); L: Shawn Kelly (0-2)
55 6/2 at CWS W, 10-8 24-31 W: Wilhelmsen (2-1); L: Reed (0-1)
56 6/3 at CWS L, 4-2 24-32 W: Sale (7-2); L: Millwood (3-5)
57 6/4 at LAA W, 8-6 25-32 W: Vargas (7-4); L: Santana (2-7)
58 6/5 at LAA L, 6-1 25-33 W: Richards (1-0); L: Beavan (3-5)
59 6/6 at LAA W, 8-6 26-33 W: Kelley (1-2); L: Williams (6-3)
60 6/8 vs. LAD W, 1-0 27-33 W: Pryor (1-0); L: Elbert (0-1)
61 6/9 vs. LAD L, 8-3 -27-34 W: Kershaw (5-3): L: Vargas (7-5)
62 6/10 vs. LAD L, 8-2 27-35 W: Billingsley (4-4); L: Beavan (3-6)
63 6/12 vs. SDP L, 5-4 27-36 W: Richard (3-7); L: Hernandez (4-5)
64 6/13 vs. SDP L, 1-0 27-37 W: Marquis (3-5); L: Noesi (2-7)
65 6/14 vs. SDP L, 6-2 27-38 W: Volquez (3-6); L: Ramirez (0-1)
66 6/15 vs. SF L, 4-2 27-39 W: Vogelsong (6-2); L: Vargas (7-6)
67 6/16 vs. SF W, 7-4 28-39 W: Iwakuma (1-0); L: Lincecum (2-8)
68 6/17 vs. SF W, 2-1 29-39 W: Wilhelmsen (3-1); L: Romo (2-1)
69 6/18 at AZ L, 7-1 29-40 W: Miley (8-3); L: Noesi (2-8)
70 6/19 at AZ W, 12-9 30-40 W: Furbush (3-1); L: Putz (1-4)
71 6/20 at AZ L, 14-10 30-41 W: Cahill (6-5): L: Vargas (7-7)
72 6/22 at SDP L, 9-5 30-42 W: Richard (5-7); L: Millwood (3-6)
73 6/23 at SDP W, 5-1 31-42 W: Fernandez (5-5); L: Marquis (3-7)
74 6/24 at SDP L, 2-0 31-43 W: Volquez (4-7); L: Noesi (2-9)
75 6/25 vs. Oak L, 1-0 31-44 W: Milone (8-5); L: Ramirez (0-2)
76 6/26 vs. Oak W, 3-2 32-44 W: Furbush (4-1); L: Miller (2-1)
77 6/27 vs. Oak L, 2-1 32-45 W: Parker (4-3); L: Iwakuma (1-1)
78 6/28 vs. Bos W, 1-0 33-45 W: Hernandez (6-5); L: Atchison (2-1)
79 6/29 vs. Bos L, 5-0 33-46 W: Cook (2-1); L: Noesi (2-10)
80 6/30 vs. Bos W, 3-2 34-46 W: Kelley (2-2); L: Aceves (0-5)

July (1-1)

Gm. # Date Opp. W/L Rec. Win / Loss
81 7/1 vs. Bos L, 2-1 34-47 W: Padilla (2-0); L: League (0-5)
82 7/2 vs. Bal W, 6-3 35-48 W: Delabar (2-1); L: Hammel (8-4)
83 7/3 vs. Bal
84 7/6 at Oak
85 7/7 at Oak
86 7/8 at Oak
87 7/13 vs. Tex
88 7/14 vs. Tex
89 7/15 vs. Tex
90 7/16 at KC
91 7/17 at KC
92 7/18 at KC
93 7/19 at KC
94 7/20 at TB
95 7/21 at TB
96 7/22 at TB
97 7/23 vs. NYY
98 7/24 vs. NYY
99 7/25 vs. NYY
100 7/26 vs. KC
101 7/27 vs. KC
102 7/28 vs. KC
103 7/29 vs. KC
104 7/30 vs. Tor
105 7/31 vs. Tor

Felix Hernandez

The 25-year-old Hernandez, in his eighth major league season, all with the Mariners, will be making his 17th start and first against the Orioles. Hernandez is coming off a spectacular 13-strikeout performance in a 1-0 win over the Boston Red Sox June 28.

A native of Valencia, VZ., the 6-3, 230-pound Hernandez was signed as a non-drafted free agent July 4, 2002 by Seattle scout Bob Engle.

He made his major league debut Aug. 4, 2005, absorbing a 3-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers, in a game in which Hernandez allowed one earned run and fanned four. Hernandez is a two-time American League All-Star (2009, 2011) and won the AL Cy Young award in 2010, when he went 13-12 with a 2.27 ERA.

Hernandez has worked into the seventh inning in 12 of his 16 starts and into the eighth inning six times. Hernandez has won his last two starts after not winning in four starts dating to May 21. Hernandez has a career record of 91-72, 3.23.

  • LAST START: June 28 at Safeco Field, defeated Boston 1-0; threw a complete game, five-hitter with a season-high 13 strikeouts and just one walk; threw a season-high 128 pitches, 84 for strikes.
  • LAST VS. ORIOLES: May 11, 2011, at Camden Yards, lost 4-2; allowed four earned runs on seven hits over 5.0 innings; struck out four, walked three while facing 25 batters.
  • CAREER VS. ORIOLES: 5-4, 3.46 ERA in 13 games, all starts, covering 83.1 innings; 64 strikeouts to 27 walks; 6.9 strikeouts per nine innings; three home runs.
  • AT SAFECO FIELD: 47-32, 3.15 ERA in 109 games, all starts, covering 752.1 innings; 711 strikeouts to 217 walks; 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings; 62 home runs.
  • LOVES TO FACE: Robert Andino (0-for-5, .000 BA), Nolan Reimold (0-for-4, .000 BA), Taylor Teagarden (3-for-13, .231 BA).
  • HATES TO FACE: Endy Chavez (6-for-10, .600 BA), Nick Markakis (13-for-28, .464 BA), Brian Roberts (12-for-33, .364 BA).
  • CURRENT ORIOLES VS. HERNANDEZ: 60-for-173, .347 BA, five home runs, 36 strikeouts.

Felix / 2012

  • March 28 (ND, 0-0): Pitched well enough to win season debut, but the Mariners and A’s battled through a 1-1 tie until the 11th when Seattle pushed across two runs to win 3-1, a Tokyo Dome contest that featured a home run and two RBIs by Dustin Ackley and a 4-for-5 performance by Ichiro.
  • April 7: (W, 1-0): Didn’t have best stuff — allowed six earned runs on eight hits over 6.1 IP — but 13 hits, 3 by Chone Figgins, staked him to a 6-0 lead.
  • April 13 (L, 1-1): Allowed two earned runs on seven hits over 7 IP, but lost to Bartolo Colon and the A’s 4-0; fanned six and walked two in a 107-pitch effort that included 69 strikes; had an equal number of ground ball and fly ball outs, 10.
  • April 19 (ND, 1-1): Gave up five hits and no runs in 8.0 innings vs. Cleveland at Safeco Field; had 12 strikeouts and one walk; Brandon League relieved and sustained a blown save and the 2-1 loss.
  • April 25 (W, 2-1): Defeated Detroit 9-1 at Comerica Park; allowed one earned run on four hits over 7.0 innings; three walks in the first inning.
  • April 30 (ND, 2-1) Took a no-decision in Seattle’s 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay when Brandon League blew the save and game; allowed one earned run on five hits over 8.0 innings; fanned nine and walked four; threw 106 pitches, 71 for strikes.
  • May 5  (W, 3-1): Beat Twins 7-0; allowed one hit over 8.0 innings, struck out nine and walked two; threw 107 pitches, 71 for strikes.
  • May 11 (L, 3-2): Lost 6-2 when Ibanez belted a three-run homer; allowed four earned runs on a season-high 11 hits; struck out seven, walked two.
  • May 16 (L, 3-3): At Cleveland, lost 9-3; gave up eight earned runs on a season-high 10 hits in just 3.2 innings; struck out three and walked three; threw 103 pitches, 60 for strikes.
  • May 21 (W, 4-3): Defeated the Rangers 6-1; allowed one run on six hits over 8.0 innings; struck out seven, walked two and allowed one home run.
  • May 26 (L, 4-4): At Safeco Field, lost to the Los Angeles Angels 5-3; allowed five earned runs on 10 hits over 6.0 innings; struck out seven and walked one; allowed two home runs.
  • June 1 (ND, 4-4): At Chicago, took a no-decision in a 7-4 loss to the White Sox; allowed four earned runs on five hits over 4.0 innings and surrendered a season-high three home runs.
  • June 12 (L, 4-5): At Safeco Field, lost to Padres 5-4; allowed five earned runs on nine hits in 6.0 innings; struck out three and walked three; threw 92 pitches, 56 for strikes.
  • June 23 (W, 5-5): At San Diego, defeated the Padres 5-1; allowed one earned run on six hits over 7.0 innings; struck out 10 and walked one; threw 94 pitches, 64 for strikes.
  • June 28 (W, 6-5): At Safeco Field, defeated Boston 1-0; threw a complete game, five-hitter with a season-high 13 strikeouts and just one walk; threw a season-high 128 pitches, 84 for strikes.

ORIOLES: LHP Wei-Yin Chen (7-4, 3.73 ERA, 1.32 WHIP)

Wei-Yin Chen

The 26-year-old Chen, in his first season in the major leagues, will make his 16th start of the season and first against the Mariners. Chen is coming off a 7-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians June 28.

A native of Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, the 6-0, 195-pound Chen signed with the Orioles as an amateur free agent Jan. 10, 2012. Prior to joining the Orioles, Chen pitched for the Chunichi Dragons in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) from 2004-2010.

Chen won the 2009 Central League ERA title with the lowest ERA (1.54) since the 1968 season in NPB. Chen had Tommy John surgery at the end of 2006 season.

In addition to his time with Chunichi, Chen pitched for the Chinese Taipei national team in the 2004 (Athens) and 2008 (Beijing) Olympic Games.

Chen throws a fastball that usually sits around 90-92 mph (tops out at 96 mph). The best breaking ball in his repertoire is a mid-80s slider.

Chen made his major league debut April 10 against the New York Yankees at Camden Yards. He received a no-decision after allowing two earned runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings. He struck out six and walked one and allowed one home run.

  • 2012: Chen has worked into the seventh inning in six of his 15 starts. He has his best outing June 17 against Atlanta when he defeated the Braves 2-0, scattering six hits over 6.0 innings. Chen has been shelled three times, May 20 at Washington (six earned runs), June 1 at Toronto (five earned runs) and in his last start. He has allowed two or fewer runs 10 times.
  • LAST START: June 28 vs. Cleveland, lost 7-2; allowed six earned runs in six hits in 6.1 innings; struck out three, walked three and allowed one home run.
  • LAST VS. MARINERS: Never faced.
  • CAREER VS. MARINERS: No record.
  • AT SAFECO FIELD: No record.
  • LOVES/HATES TO FACE: Chen has never faced a current member of the Mariners roster.

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