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Young Felix Will Have A Losing Record - And Some Nice Numbers

Felix Hernandez will start tonight having worked 194 2/3 innings this season, already a career high - and manager Jim Riggleman wants him to get to 200.

"In today's world, 200 innings makes a statement about a pitcher," Riggleman said, "especially in the American League. I'd like to see Felix get that number beside his name."

No matter what happens tonight, Hernandez will finish the season below .500 - he's 9-11 going in wigth a 3.38 earned run average in 30 starts.

Tonight will be his 31st start, tying his career high, and with 171 strikeouts, he's five short of matching his career best in that category.