Posted June 27, 2012 on AP on Fox
While Felix Hernandez hasn't been as sharp as in recent years, he turned in a vintage performance against one of baseball's least threatening lineups during his last start. A repeat performance could prove difficult against a Boston Red Sox club that's posted plenty of crooked numbers of late. Hernandez tries to win back-to-back starts for the first time this season Thursday night as the Mariners welcome in the surging Red Sox for the first of four. After winning 19 games in 2009 and the AL Cy Young Award a year later, Hernandez is 19-19 with a 3.44 ERA since the start of last season - including a 5-5 record with a 3.36 ERA over 15 starts in 2012. The right-hander compiled a 6.37 ERA over a six-start stretch before allowing a run and six hits over seven innings in a 2-1 walk-off win over San Francisco on June 17. He had the same line in Saturday's 5-1 victory at San Diego while striking out 10. "Felix stepped up," manager Eric Wedge said. "We needed him to. He is our guy ... Wh...
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