By the time Oakland gets through its first eight games, the Athletics will already have faced Mariners ace Felix Hernandez three times.
It's a crazy schedule that began with these two clubs facing off in their first two games last week in Japan, with each winning once - including ''King Felix's'' Game 1 victory at the Tokyo Dome.
Now, the AL West rivals resume their season-opening series stateside - albeit eight days later. It's a nontraditional two-game series Friday and Saturday. Then, the A's travel to Seattle next weekend for a three-game series at Safeco Field in the Mariners' home opener.
Seattle manager Eric Wedge even swapped his starters for this weekend to move Hernandez to Saturday and Jason Vargas to Friday so Hernandez is lined up to also pitch the Mariners' home opener April 13.