Mariners RHP Hernandez to face Oakland on Friday

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Associated Press

Posted on July 6, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Updated Sunday, Jul 6 at 2:03 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — Seattle ace Felix Hernandez has been pushed back a day to Friday's series opener against AL West-leading Oakland.

Hernandez's next turn was slated for Thursday, but manager Lloyd McClendon says he wants his best pitcher going up against the A's. McClendon says "It just made sense."

Hernandez pitched eight solid innings in Seattle's 3-2 victory against the White Sox on Saturday. The right-hander, who won the AL Cy Young Award in 2010, is 7-1 with a 1.72 ERA in his past 11 starts.

Speaking before Sunday's game at Chicago, McClendon says he isn't sure yet who will start Thursday's game against Minnesota.

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