Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez makes his 28 start of the season today on natiional television, and may in fact be the only reason Fox wanted to televise this Mariners-Angels game.
A Cy Young Award candidate again at 26, Hernandez is 13-5 with a 2.43 earned run average, and among those wins are four 1-0 shutouts - and indication of how little margin for error he's had in 2012.
Behind him, outfielder Michael Saunders is down with a groin strain and likely won't play again until mid-week. Given tahat, Seattle recalled outfielder Carlos Peguero, who is on the bench, and right-handed pitcher Erasmo Ramirez, who is in the bullpen for now.
The Mariners face Ervin Santana, a righty capable of greatness - he's thrown a no-hitter - and spectacular failures (5.45 ERA). Here's the Seattle lineup:
Dustin Ackley 2BFranklin Gutierrez CFKyle Seager 3BJohn Jaso CJesus Montero DHEric Thames RFJustin Smoak 1BTrayvon Robinson LF Brendan Ryan SSFelix Hernandez RHP