Tip-Off for 8/16/12 (featuring Run DMC): Felix Hernandez’s perfect game saves an otherwise dark day for baseball
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Felix Hernandez faced 27 batters and sent 27 back to the dug out. Twelve went courtesy of an off-speed pitch that had Tampa Bay Ray batters shaking their heads. King Felix would treat Mariners fans to the 23rd perfect game in MLB history. The third perfect game in a season that has already seen six no-hitters.
Speaking of head shaking, the news that All-Star Game MVP Melky Cabrera tested positive for excessive testosterone in his system puts another mark on the game.
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The only way I can catch Felix Hernandez on the hill is when they’re featured on ESPN or Fox (which never happens) or if they’re in the postseason (which hasn’t happened in a few years).
Or when there is a cut-away from ESPN programming to tune in to a perfect game in progress.
Hernandez had the energy of a guy fresh out of the bullpen as he faced batter #25. Every pitch ending with the popping of the catchers mit and the crazed anticipation of Mariner fans who were witnessing the rarest of gems. Hernandez’s fastball jumped from 92 m.p.h. in the early innings to 94 m.p.h. in innings 7-9, setting Ray batters up for his off-speed out pitch.
His 113th pitch, a 92 m.p.h. changeup left Sean Rodriguez caught in a freeze frame and a part of history. Hernandez’s body was caught somewhere between euphoria and a high kick as teammates greeted him at the mound.
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Was Cabrera taking testosterone looking to cash in this winter?
Bud Selig is the commissioner of a league run amuck when it comes to performance enhancing drugs. Last season it was National League MVP Ryan Braun who was let off the hook on a technicality. Now All-Star Game MVP and possible National League MVP candidate Melky Cabrera has tested positive for excessive testosterone. The San Francisco Giants outfielder has not denied the use and will begin serving his 50-game suspension immediately. At the time of his suspension, Cabrera was leading the National League in hits (159) and was second in batting average (.346). Cabrera, who becomes a free agent after this season would be eligible after the fifth game of the playoffs, provided the Giants make it to the post season.
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