Mariners ace Hernandez officially announced to start opener

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez is all set to start on opening day for the seventh straight year.

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon made it official on Saturday.

Hernandez will pitch April 6 in Seattle against the AL West champion Los Angeles Angels.

This will be the eighth career opening-day start for Hernandez. He is 5-0 with a 1.52 ERA in previous openers.

McClendon had previously said he was ''99.999 percent'' sure Hernandez would be the starter, and now has made it 100 percent certain.

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