Felix Hernandez was nothing short of masterful earlier this season against the Red Sox, tossing this season's first complete-game shutout on April 11. The game was on the road, and Hernandez was almost unhittable, allowing just one hit.
One start later, Hernandez was placed on the disbled list, and didn't look the same for quite some time. That is, until his last start against the Pirates, when the 21-year-old even told reporters that he was back. In that start, he allowed Pittsburgh just six hits over eight shutout innings.
Hernandez is 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA in two starts against Boston, and has thrown at least seven innings in both appearances.
Red Sox starter Kason Gabbard, making just his second Major League start this season, is 0-1 with a 2.84 ERA in one start, two appearances against the Mariners, both last season. He took the loss in his Major League debut on July 22, 2006, allowing three runs, two earned, in 5 1/3 innings.
SEA: RHP Felix Hernandez (4-4, 4.00 ERA)
Hernandez appeared to find his old form in his last start, tossing eight shutout innings while striking out nine against Pittsburgh on Thursday. Hernandez has struck out five or more hitters in 10 of hits 11 starts this season.
BOS: LHP Kason Gabbard (1-0, 3.60 ERA)
Gabbard is set to be recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket for his second appearance this season with the Red Sox, having won his lone start of the season May 20 against the Braves. Against Atlanta, he struck out seven while allowing two runs in five innings. Gabbard is 7-2 with a 3.24 ERA in 14 Minor League starts this season.
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Center fielder Ichiro Suzuki is 2-for-3 against Gabbard with two RBIs, the only Mariner to record more than one hit against him.
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Wednesday: Mariners (Ryan Feierabend, 1-2, 8.20) vs. Red Sox (Daisuke Matsuzaka, 9-5, 4.01), 1:35 p.m. PT
Friday: Mariners (Jarrod Washburn, 6-6, 4.09) vs. Blue Jays (Dustin McGowan, 4-3, 4.83), 7:05 p.m. PT
Patrick Brown is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.