BASEBALL — 16 August 2012

The Seattle Mariners finally have a perfect game under their belts thanks to Felix Hernandez Wednesday night against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The 2010 Cy Young Award winner has never been shy to express his desire to pitch a perfect game. Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik had a little bit of fun with the historic victory.

He pulled out his cell phone and had a fake conversation jokingly saying “No,  we’re not tradingFelix Hernandez!”

This is now the 23rd perfect game in MLB history. Hernandez recorded 12 strikeouts in a final score of 1-0.

“It was always in my mind, every game. ‘I need to throw a perfect game.’ For every pitcher I think it’s in their mind,” Hernandez said. “Today it happened and it’s something special. I don’t have any words to explain this. This is pretty amazing. It doesn’t happen every day.”

This is now the third game in four seasons that the Rays have had a perfect game pitched against them.

“It was special. He had special stuff,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. “But Felix is so consistently good that when he does take it up to another level, which we’ve seen him do through the course of the year, you never know how it’s going to turn out.”

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