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Felix Hernandez hopes to take something positive into the offseason.Hernandez Sean Manaea Jersey , 32, the longtime Seattle ace who has been sidelined since Sept. 8 with a strained right hamstring, is scheduled to start for the Mariners on Wednesday night in the finale of a three-game series against the playoff-bound Oakland Athletics.“I feel good. No problems. It’s 100 percent,” Hernandez told MLB.com of his injury. “I just want to finish strong and show them I can still pitch. It wasn’t a big injury. They just wanted to give me some rest.”Article continues below ...This season has, for the most part, been one to forget for Hernandez (8-13, 5.46 ERA), a six-time All-Star and former American League Cy Young Award winner who also has a perfect game to his credit.The right-hander hasn’t won since June 30, going 0-7 with a 6.14 ERA in his past 10 games, including the first relief appearance of his career after briefly being banished to the bullpen.Hernandez said he’s looking forward to one last start to work on some changes he’s made on his mechanics in recent weeks.Mariners manager Scott Servais said it’s important to give Hernandez another start, especially for his mental outlook.“One, he really wants to and that’s good,” Servais said. “No. 2, it is important to just go into the offseason with peace of mind. You want good results obviously and go out throw the ball well and give us a chance to win the ballgame. But also, so he feels good about where he’s at physically. Then you can gear up and figure out what your offseason program is going to be and how you’re going to get ready for next year.”Hernandez has enjoyed plenty of success against Oakland in his career http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authentic-boog-powell-jersey , going 26-13 with a 2.78 ERA in 51 career games — including that lone relief appearance.Oakland (95-63), which is 2 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees in the race for the top wild-card berth and a chance to host the one-game playoff, is scheduled to start right-hander Edwin Jackson (6-3, 3.18 ERA) on Wednesday.Jackson is 5-0 with a 1.30 ERA in five career starts against Seattle.The Mariners twice rallied from three-run deficits to defeat Oakland 10-8 Tuesday on pinch-hitter Chris Herrmann’s two-run homer in the 11th inning. That helped the Mariners (86-71) clinch the season series with Oakland, giving them a 10-8 edge with one game left.The Athletics, who led 8-5 after seven innings, dropped to 68-1 this season when leading entering the eighth, the last major league team to suffer a defeat in such situations.A’s manager Bob Melvin admitted he was shocked by the result, which gave the Houston Astros the American League West title.“Yes, because of the way things have gone for us this year, but I don’t know how many times that happened,” Melvin said. “Not in many seasons I’ve managed. If it happened once, it happened once. It’s certainly a pretty good track record up to this point.” SAN DIEGO (AP) — Even after watching Nelson Cruz drive his 79th pitch over the center field fence to make it a one-run game with one out in the ninth, San Diego Padres rookie Jacob Nix hoped manager Andy Green would let him finish.“I thought for sure he was going to leave me in there because of my pitch count,” Nix said after coming within two outs of his first complete game in his fourth big league start Pat Neshek Jersey , a 2-1 victory against the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night. “I thought for sure I was going to be able to finish.”Green wasn’t buying it.“He’d done enough today. I didn’t want to put him in a situation where he was walking off that mound in a tie situation or a losing situation,” Green said.Nix, backed by stellar defense by shortstop Freddy Galvis and 21-year-old second baseman Luis Urias, who was making his big league debut, had the low pitch count because he had the Mariners swinging early and putting the ball in play. The 22-year-old Nix allowed one run and eight hits, walked none and struck out none.“That was crazy efficient. Clearly he had enough pitches to get the last few outs. He showed a glimpse,” Green said.“One day I’ll go nine,” Nix said. “And maybe I’ll mix in some punch-outs, too. I didn’t really get to two strikes a whole lot. They were putting the ball in play really early. Outs are outs. I’m here to get outs. I don’t care how I get them.”Travis Jankowski homered on Felix Hernandez’s first pitch and Urias had a nice game for the Padres, who snapped a five-game losing streak and won for just the second time in seven games.Nix (2-2) retired Jean Segura to open the ninth before Cruz homered to center, his 32nd. Kirby Yates came on to get the final two outs for his sixth save.Hernandez (8-12) pitched well but lost his sixth straight decision over eight starts. The former AL Cy Young Award winner, who briefly was demoted to the bullpen earlier this month, struck out a season-high nine and walked only two in seven innings. He allowed only four hits but three of them factored into the scoring.Jankowski drove Hernandez’s first pitch over the fence in right field, his third homer. Wil Myers doubled off Hernandez with one out in the fourth and scored on Hunter Renfroe’s two-out single to left.King Felix said there was “frustration about the loss for sure. I haven’t won since June 30. It’s tough. I think I did a good job except for the bunts. The second bunt was pretty good.”Hernandez twice bunted into inning-ending double plays.Manager Scott Servais said that other than Jankowski’s homer, Hernandez “controlled the strike zone pretty well.”It was Jankowski’s first career leadoff homer.“Obviously I’d never done that before and to do it off a guy of his caliber http://www.philliesfanproshop.com/authentic-lenny-dykstra-jersey , that felt good,” Jankowski said. “More importantly it got the team on the board early and got that energy going, that fire going early.”Urias, one of baseball’s top prospects, was called up earlier in the day even though Triple-A El Paso has qualified for the Pacific Coast League playoffs and the Padres are on pace to lose 100 games for the first time since 1993.Urias was brilliant in making his first play, diving to his left to field a bouncer by leadoff hitter Mitch Haniger and throwing him out. Urias went 0 for 3 with a walk.“I don’t know how I made it,” Urias said. “To be honest, I wasn’t nervous the whole game, maybe because of the diving play. I just enjoyed the moment.”Said Nix: “They were making some ridiculous plays back there. Freddy and Uri both were making some really, really good plays.”TRAINER’S ROOMPadres: Green said LHP Clayton Richard will have season-ending surgery on his left knee. He was placed on the disabled list on Tuesday. Richard was 7-11 with a 5.33 ERA.UP NEXTMariners: RHP Erasmo Ramirez (1-2, 4.56) is scheduled to start Wednesday afternoon’s series finale.Padres: Rookie LHP Joey Lucchesi (6-7, 3.74) is scheduled to make his third start against an AL club. He’s 0-1 with a 6.35 ERA in interleague starts.
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