Posted April 05, 2012 on AP on Fox

Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez talks to fans before a game against the Baltimore Orioles at SAFECO Field in Seattle on July 8, 2009. Hernandez was selected to his first All Star Game. (UPI Photo/Jim Bryant) Photo via Newscom

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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. Yes, the Mariners and A's will know each other inside and out by mid-April. ''It's a little weird playing so many games, then we've got their home opener, too,'' Oakland catcher Kurt Suzuki said. ''We've got like nine games in the first two weeks. That's part of scheduling, but they're in our division so we're going to see them a lot.'' Seattle manager Eric Wedge even swapped his starter...
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