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. It's pretty special.''
King Felix surrendered one walk while pitching 7 2/3 scoreless innings. He didn't allow a hit until John Jaso doubled to left-center 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...