Felix Hernandez now stands alongside the Chief after getting the victory Wednesday when the Mariners outslugged Miami 10-5 ay Safeco Field.
It was the King’s 156th career victory, which matches former Mariners right-hander Freddy (the Chief) Garcia for the most victories by a Venezuelan native.
Garcia, now 40, was 156-108, in a 15-year career from 1999 to 2013. He was 76-50 for the Mariners from 1999-2004.
"That’s an honor to be tied with Freddy," Hernandez said. "He and I are really good friends."
Hernandez is 156-110 in 13 seasons since his debut in 2005 and is the only active Venezuelan native with 100 or more career victories. Johan Santana ranks third on the all-time list with 139, followed by Carlos Zambrano at 132.
SEGURA TO ARKANSAS
Shortstop Jean Segura is headed to Double-A Arkansas to begin a rehab assignment in his recovery from a strained right hamstring, general manager Jerry Dipoto said.
While Segura is eligible to return Friday from the disabled list, Dipoto said the current plan is for him to return April 25 when the Mariners open a three-game series in Detroit.
Segura batted .313 with 10 hits in 32 at-bats over eight games prior to his injury.
"He needs to test it and make sure he can get up close to 100 percent," Servais said. "I’m looking forward to having him back out there. Obviously when he gets in the lineup, it lengthens us."
Arkansas opens a four-game series Thursday against Springfield (Cardinals) in Little Rock. It will be familiar ground for Segura; he played 94 games for Arkansas in 2012 when the Travelers were an Angels’ affiliate.
***Right-handed reliever Steve Cishek shifted to Triple-A Tacoma after making one scoreless appearance at Arkansas in his recovery from October surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip.
Cishek is expected to make two-to-three more rehab appearances before being activated from the disabled list.
SIX DEGREES OF MARINERS
Familiar with the Six Degrees of Separation parlor game? It’s often used, for some reason, to connect actor Kevin Bacon to any actor by six or fewer connections.
The Mariners’ crack baseball information staff, in its game notes for Wednesday, offered up its own franchise version by noting Felix Hernandez, Ichiro Suzuki and Edgar Martinez were each in uniform:
Hernandez debuted in 2005 and was a teammate to Suzuki, who debuted in 2001 and was a teammate to Martinez, who debuted in 1987.
Martinez played with John Moses, who was a teammate to Julio Cruz in 1982-83. Cruz made his debut on July 4, 1977 in the franchise’s first year and was teammate to Ruppert Jones, among others, who played in the club’s first game.
Three things to note heading into Thursday’s pitching matchup between left-hander James Paxton and Oakland right-hander Cesar Valdez, who hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2010:
***Paxton is 2-0 with a 2.75 ERA in three career starts against the Athletics, including 1-0 and 2.73 in two starts at the Oakland Coliseum. Valdez had never faced the Mariners.
***Rajai Davis is 3-for-6 in his career against Paxton, while Adam Rosales is 3-for-9. But Jed Lowrie is hitless in six at-bats with three strikeouts.
***Valdez was 1-0 last year while allowing six runs in 16 innings against Triple-A Tacoma when pitching for Fresno in the Houston chain. Valdez has never faced any current Mariners in a major-league game.
Double-A Arkansas right-hander Max Povse finally gave up a run Tuesday night, but just one in six innings, as the Travelers completed a three-game sweep in San Antonio (Padres) with a 6-2 victory.
Povse, 23, is 3-0 with an 0.48 ERA after allowing just one run over 18 2/3 innings in his three starts. Teammate Andrew Moore has an 0.47 ERA through three starts: one run in 19 innings.
The Mariners acquired Povse along with right-hander Rob Whalen in a Nov. 28 trade from Atlanta for outfielder Alex Jackson and left-hander Tyler Pike.
It was 27 years ago Thursday — April 20, 1990 — that Brian Holman retired the first 26 Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum before losing his perfect game when Ken Phelps hit a pinch homer with two outs in the ninth inning.
Holman then struck out Rickey Henderson in closing out a 6-1 victory in front of a crowd of 44,911. Holman struck out seven in a 104-pitch outing.
Neither team scored before the Mariners took a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning on an RBI triple from Harold Reynolds and a RBI double by Greg Briley against Athletics starter Bob Welch.
It stayed 2-0 until the Mariners scored four runs in the ninth inning against Mike Norris and Dave Otto. It was a rare loss for Welch, who finished the 1990 season at 27-6 and won the Cy Young Award.
The Mariners open a 10-game road trip with four games at Oakland.
The opener at 7:07 p.m. Thursday matches lefty James Paxton (2-0 with an 0.00 ERA) and Athletics right-hander Cesar Valdez (1-0, 270 at Triple-A Nashville) at the Oakland Coliseum.
The game can be seen on Root Sports Northwest and heard on 710 ESPN and the Mariners Radio Network, including mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv).
The road trip continues with three games in Detroit and three more in Cleveland before the Mariners return May 2 for a six-game homestand against the Los Angeles Angels and Texas.
Bob Dutton: @TNT_Mariners