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Felix's Bronx gem ranks among the best

Felix's Bronx gem ranks among the best

Felix's Bronx gem ranks among the best
NEW YORK -- How good was Felix Hernandez on Saturday when he dominated the Yankees in the Mariners' 1-0 victory?

Hernandez became just the third pitcher since 1930 with two shutouts in which he allowed two hits or fewer at Yankee Stadium, joining Baltimore's Jim Palmer and Detroit's Billy Hoeft.

Hernandez's two shutouts at the new Yankee Stadium equal the number that Yankees pitchers themselves have thrown since the park opened in 2009. The right-hander threw the first 1-0 shutout by a visiting pitcher at Yankee Stadium since Cleveland's Greg Swindell on Sept. 6, 1988.

Hernandez now has nine starts this season of at least eight innings with one or no runs allowed. The next closest in the Majors are A's righty Bartolo Colon and Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey with five. In his past 10 games, "The King" has shut out the Red Sox, Rangers and Yankees while going 6-0 with a 1.41 ERA, 75 strikeouts and 14 walks in 76 1/3 innings.

"When you have the talent he has and the intangibles to go along with it, you're going to have stretches like that," said manager Eric Wedge. "That's what he's right in the middle of."

The Yankees certainly aren't used to being treated that way on their home turf. It was just the ninth time in the live-ball era (since 1918) that the Yankees have lost 1-0 at home with two or fewer hits, and just the second time in the past 50 years. The last occurrence was when Palmer pulled the feat with a two-hit shutout on June 1, 1978.

It was only the 10th time the Bombers have been shut out at the new Yankee Stadium and the second time by a 1-0 count.

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