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It's a Felix party at Safeco Field tonight

The Seattle Mariners will play the Cleveland Indians tonight, although that's almost secondary to the celebration of Felix Hernandez at Safeco Field.

There's the pre-game video tribute to his perfect game, the passing out of yellow King's Court-style t-shirts to as many as 34,000 fans and the happy chaos almost certain to follow.

And then, Hernandez will actually pitch. Behind him, the usual left-handed hitting assortment of teammates will face Indians rigtht-hander Roberto Hernandez.

It sets up to be Seattle's seventh consecutive win, but that's not the way the game works. If Felix isn't focused, Cleveland is capable of pounding him. There are no gimmes in this league. Not even for a King.

Here's the Mariners lineup:

Dustin Ackley     2BMichael Saunders   CFKyle Seager         3BJohn Jaso            CJesus Montero          DHEric Thames        RFJustin Smoak       1BTrayvon Robinson   LFBrendan Ryan           SSFelix Hernandez        RHP