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6:10 PM PT7:10 PM MT8:10 PM CT9:10 PM ET21:10 ET1:10 GMT9:10 6:10 PM MST8:10 PM EST8:40 PM VEN5:10 UAE (+1)8:10 PM CT, August 24, 2019
T-Mobile Park, Seattle, Washington  Attendance: 34,590

King Felix set to return for Mariners to face Jays

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Toronto Blue Jays at Seattle Mariners

  1. The Blue Jays have lost five games in a row, one game off their season-long losing streak of six set in late May/early June. Over this streak, Toronto is averaging 1.8 runs per game and batting .182 as a team.
  2. The Mariners return home after going 6-3 on a nine-game road trip that including winning two of three games against the Blue Jays in Toronto. Seattle has won three consecutive series overall, the longest-active series win streak by any AL team.
  3. The Blue Jays have hit 57 home runs since July 27, second most in the majors over that time behind the Yankees (58). Toronto has had an MLB-high 14 different players hit a home run since July 27.
  4. Kyle Seager has hit at least 15 home runs in eight consecutive seasons with the Mariners, tied with Jay Buhner for the third-longest such streak in franchise history. The only Mariners with more consecutive 15-home run seasons are Ken Griffey Jr. (12) and Edgar Martinez (9).
  5. The Mariners have used 63 different players this season, one off the major league record of 64 set by the 2014 Texas Rangers. Seattle has used 40 pitchers this season, tied with 2017 Mariners and the 2014 Rangers for most pitchers used in a single season all-time.
  6. Since the All-Star break, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is slashing .341/.406/.589 with seven home runs and 30 RBI in 35 games. Guerrero Jr. and Rowdy Tellez each have hit 15 home runs this season, making the Blue Jays the only team in the majors this season with two rookies with 15+ home runs apiece.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/23/2019 thru 8/25/2019

At times this summer, there were doubts Felix Hernandez would ever make another start for the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park.

However, after being sidelined for 3 1/2 months due to shoulder issues, Seattle's longtime ace is scheduled to pitch Saturday night against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays.

"I'm really excited about seeing Felix again," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "He's done what we asked him to do and what he needed to do on the rehab stuff. We'll see how it goes."

Hernandez made four rehabilitation appearances with three Seattle farm teams in recent weeks. In his latest outing, on Monday with Triple-A Tacoma, he went three-plus innings, allowing one run on four hits with three walks and five strikeouts.

"What else do I got to show them to be up there?" Hernandez told "I mean, I feel pretty good and I'm ready to go."

Hernandez (1-4, 6.52 ERA) has won 169 games and struck out 2,501 batters in his 15 seasons with Seattle, a stretch that includes winning the 2010 American League Cy Young Award and pitching the majors' most recent perfect game in 2012.

However, with the Mariners in rebuilding mode and Hernandez's $27 million deal up after this year, the 33-year-old right-hander isn't expected back.

"I can't wait to go up there and pitch," Hernandez told "It's going to be my last year. I don't know what's going to happen next year, so I'm going to go up there and show them that I still love the fans and that I still love Seattle.

"It's been frustrating. It's been tough on my mind. But you know what, you got to forget about it. We've got a month and a half left, I'm just going to go out there and pitch."

Servais said he's "very realistic in my expectations" for King Felix.

"I'm not expecting him to go seven shutout innings. But I do know one thing about Felix: When he takes the mound, he's a super, super competitor. It'll be a little different crowd than we normally get with all the Blue Jays fans here. Felix enjoys those venues, when it's a little bit fired up in the stands. So I think we'll get his best effort."

Hernandez is 7-6 with a 4.00 ERA in 17 career starts against Toronto.

The Blue Jays plan to use an opener (Wilmer Font, 3-3, 4.27 ERA) before turning the ball over to right-hander Brock Stewart (2-0, 7.43), who was selected off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 31.

Stewart has never faced the Mariners. Font is 0-2 against Seattle in his career, with a 5.62 ERA in four appearances, two starts.

The Blue Jays took their sixth consecutive defeat Friday night in the series opener, losing 7-4.

The Mariners broke a 4-4 tie with three runs in the sixth inning, coming on a bases-loaded walk and two run-scoring wild pitches. It's something they obviously need to avoid moving forward.

"I'll tell you what, we just didn't throw strikes," Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. "Whatever inning that was, the four walks and the wild pitches and stuff. The bullpen just didn't throw strikes. It was tough, and it's tough to play defense when guys are not throwing strikes."

--Field Level Media

Updated August 24, 2019

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