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Friday, April 11th (All times Eastern)

Oakland Athletics (6-3) at Seattle Mariners (5-3), 10:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Oakland - Tommy Milone (0-0, 0.00) Seattle - Felix Hernandez (2-0, 1.88)

(SportsNetwork.com) - Felix Hernandez tries to win his third game in as many starts on Friday when the Seattle Mariners open a three-game series versus the Oakland Athletics at Safeco Field.

Hernandez was terrific against the A's on Saturday, holding them to just a run and six hits in 8 1/3 innings to improve to 2-0, while lowering his ERA to 1.88. In two starts this season, Hernandez has thrown 14 1/3 innings while yielding just three earned runs, striking out 19 and walking two.

"I'm going to attack the hitters the same way I did last time," Hernandez said. "If I have to make an adjustment, I'm going to make an adjustment."

Hernandez has dominated Oakland over the course of his career, posting a 16-7 mark to go along with a 2.59 ERA in 30 starts.

King Felix will be trying to help Seattle get back on track after splitting a two-game series with Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Since winning their first three games the Mariners have gone 3-3, including dropping two of three to Oakland last weekend.

Oakland followed that series win up by sweeping the Minnesota Twins, culminating with a 6-1 win on Thursday. Josh Donaldson homered and drove in three runs in that one, while Sam Fuld added a two-run home run and Yoenis Cespedes had two hits for the A's, who has won four straight.

Starting pitcher Dan Straily (1-1) tossed seven strong innings, allowing one run on three hits to help the A's win their ninth straight against the Twins.

"It was kind of a weird outing," Straily said. "I definitely didn't have my best stuff, but was able to mix speeds, mix locations and just keep them off- balance and from making good contact."

A's starters have pitched to a 1.93 ERA this season, while allowing three runs or fewer in all nine games. The same cannot be said for the bullpen, though, as manager Bob Melvin announced on Thursday that closer Jim Johnson would be "taking a break" from ninth inning duties.

Johnson is 0-2 with an 18.90 ERA in five games this season. He has just one save, blown a save and has walked six and yielded nine hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Melvin said he would go with closer-by-committee until Johnson worked himself out or one of the candidates stepped up.

Getting the call for the A's on Friday will be lefty Tommy Milone, who will be making his season debut. Milone had been penciled in to start last Friday versus the Mariners, but had his start skipped over when playing conditions at O.co Stadium were deemed unplayable and the game was postponed.

Milone went 12-9 with a 4.14 ERA last year.

Seattle was 11-8 versus the A's last season.

04/11 10:24:57 ET

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Scoreboard
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Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14
 
3rd
SFG 1
KAN 0
 
Final
WISC 52
MD 7
Final
SMU 10
MEM 48
Final
ILL 28
MINN 24
Final
RICE 41
UNT 21
Final
NEB 42
RUTG 24
Final
KST 23
TEX 0
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ARK 45
UAB 17
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
EMICH 17
NILL 28
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NAVY 41
SJST 31
Final
BST 35
AKR 21
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GASTATE 31
GASO 69
Final
TOL 42
UMASS 35
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WMICH 42
OHIO 21
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COL 37
UCLA 40
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UMO 10
KSU 3
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WAKE 17
BC 23
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BUF 14
CMICH 20
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MARS 35
FATL 16
 
Final
PITT 28
GT 56
Final
SMISS 20
LATU 31
Final
MSU 35
MICH 11
Final
KENT 31
MSST 45
Final
STAN 38
ORST 14
Final
TCU 82
TTU 27
Final
OKST 10
WVU 34
Final
WKENT 66
ODU 51
 
Final
UTST 34
UNLV 20
 
Final
MIZZ 24
VANDY 14
 
Final
UCF 34
TEMPL 14
 
4th
WASU 23
ARZ 52
 
3rd
CLEM 3
SYR 6
 
3rd
LAMON 15
TXST 0
 
3rd
TXSANANTO 0
UTEP 17
 
3rd
COLST 24
WYO 3
 
Half
LSU 3
MISS 7
 
2nd
TENN 7
ALA 27
 
Half
AUB 21
SCAR 21
 
2nd
PSU 0
OSU 7
 
10:00pm Tonight
UTAH
USC
10:45pm Tonight
WASH
ARST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
NEV
Final
SJS 1
BUF 2
2nd Intermission
TOR 0
BOS 2
 
3rd
NYI 4
DAL 4
 
3rd
PHI 1
DET 1
 
2nd Intermission
OTT 1
NJD 2
 
2nd Intermission
MON 2
NYR 1
 
1st Intermission
STL 1
CHI 1
 
2nd
NAS 0
PIT 1
 
1st Intermission
MIN 4
TAM 1
 
9:00pm Tonight
ARI
FLA
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
WAS
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14