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August 21, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Fans flocking to Safeco Field for “Supreme Court” night with Felix Hernandez pitching

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They are expecting close to 40,000 people at Safeco Field tonight and that’s saying something for a Mariners game in late-August. This isn’t like one of those bobblehead promotions. There is a distinct buzz in the air tonight as Felix Hernandez takes the mound for the first time since his perfect game. An electricity of sorts, if you will. We haven’t seen this with the M’s very often.

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As you can see from the video right above, there were fans lined up about three-quarters of the way down the stadium along First Avenue. Thing is, it was a double-line, meaning it would have gone all the way around the block had they kept it single file. They are giving out 34,000 “King of Perfection” t-shirts tonight and I’m told the pre-sale for the game was in excess of 35,000. That plus a significant walkup should break 40,000, something the Mariners have not even been doing for Yankees or Red Sox games this season.


Mariners manager Eric Wedge said he’s happy to see fans turning out for what should be “a big celebration” of Hernandez and his accomplishment. But he doesn’t want to build this game up into more than that.
Wedge is pleased with how his team has played of late.
“More consistent,” he said. “Better with just overall play in different areas of our club, like we’ve talked about. The way we’re going to be a good team and the way we’re ultimately going to be a championship team is to be good with all areas of our club.”
The lineups:
Indians (54-68)
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22 Jason Kipnis (L) 2B
13 Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
17 Shin-Soo Choo (L) RF
41 Carlos Santana (S) C
23 Michael Brantley (L) DH
35 Casey Kotchman (L) 1B
1 Brent Lillibridge LF
9 Jack Hannahan (L) 3B
12 Ezequiel Carrera (L) CF
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55 Roberto Hernandez RHP
Mariners (59-64)
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13 Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
55 Michael Saunders (L) CF
15 Kyle Seager (L) 3B
27 John Jaso (L) C
63 Jesus Montero DH
10 Eric Thames (L) RF
17 Justin Smoak (S) 1B
12 Trayvon Robinson (S) LF
26 Brendan Ryan SS
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34 Felix Hernandez RHP

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