Seattle was swept by Chicago over the weekend, which puts the brakes on their surge a bit, but they'd won seven in a row before playing the Sox, their second seven-game win streak since the break. The Mariners are now 25-15 in the second half.
I know you're all wondering how Felix Hernandez did in his last start, the one that came after his perfect game. I'll save you the trouble of looking it up: he went seven and two-thirds against Cleveland, allowing a run on seven hits while striking out five. (Slacker.) Hernandez has made 26 starts this year, and has allowed zero, one, or two runs in 18 of those starts. He's also thrown 187 innings already and it's not even September. I wish there were more Felix Hernandezes, all of which played for the Twins.
Scott Diamond has appealed his six-game suspension for throwing near Josh Hamilton. The league will likely address it Monday or Tuesday; Diamond should make his start as scheduled on Tuesday, but if the suspension is upheld, he'll schedule it later and have to be skipped in the rotation.
Kyle Gibson allowed four runs in three innings in his first start at Rochester returning from Tommy John surgery, and with numbers like those he'll be in the Twins rotation any day. He did strike out five, though.
Please also re-read the preceding joke for P.J. Walters, who had another rehab start on Friday. Walters threw three innings, giving up ten hits and seven runs, all earned.
While we're at it, a tip of the cap to Nick Blackburn, who does not fit in the preceding joke; he allowed one run on seven hits last Wednesday in seven innings of work.
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