Originally written on Fox Sports Kansas City  |  Last updated 7/19/12

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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(AP) -- It's been more than a month since Felix Hernandez lost a start for the Seattle Mariners. The right-hander looks to continue his recent run of success to help the Mariners rebound from their latest defeat and take three of four on the road from the Kansas City Royals on Thursday. Hernandez (7-5, 2.92 ERA) is 3-0 with a 1.40 ERA in six starts since losing to San Diego on June 12. He's allowed one run or none in five of those outings, and has yielded one over 16 2-3 innings while striking out 18 in the last two. The 2010 AL Cy Young award winner tossed a three-hitter and struck out 12 on Saturday for his second complete-game shutout in four starts, a 7-0 win over Texas. "He's pretty special," teammate Kyle Seager told the Mariners' official website. "You see great hitters taking terrible swings. Anytime you get a guy doing that kind of thing, you know his stuff is the real deal." Though Hernandez has looked dominant of late, he's posted a 3.71 ERA while losing three straigh...
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