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April 1, 2008 at 6:36 PM

Game thread, Seattle vs. Texas, 4-1

Update 7:08 p.m.: Is there such a thing as a Freudian typo? Make that Game Thread, not Game Threat.
Precisely one year ago today, Felix stepped to the mound for the season opener against Oakland. Remember what he did? Eight shutout innings, 12 strikeouts, in a 4-0 Mariners’ win. That was followed by the best game I saw pitched all year, by anyone: A one-hit gem at Fenway against the Red Sox in a 3-0 victory. The story line going in was the Boston debut of Daisuke Matsuzaka, but Felix completely overshadowed him.
Combined line for those two games: 17 innings, four hits, 0 runs, four walks, 18 strikeouts. It was legitimate to think at that point that Felix was on the verge of becoming the dominant pitcher in the game. It didn’t quite happen. He had some elbow problems shortly thereafter that landed him on the disabled list, and when he came back, he never regained that dominance.
We’ll see if can get back there now.
Here are the lineups:
Texas Rangers
2B Ian Kinsler
SS Michael Young
CF Josh Hamilton
3B Hank Blalock
DH Milton Bradley
LF Frank Catalanotto
RF David Murphy
C Gerald Laird
1B Ben Broussard
RHP Vicente Padilla
Seattle Mariners
CF Ichiro
2B Jose Lopez
LF Raul Ibanez
1B Richie Sexson
3B Adrian Beltre
RF Brad Wilkerson
DH Jose Vidro
C Kenji Johjima
SS Yuniesky Betancourt
RHP Felix Hernandez

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