Rainiers fans give King Felix a royal welcome

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Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez made a Major League rehab start with the Tacoma Rainiers on Monday night at Cheney Stadium. The Rainiers hosted the Salt Lake Bees, Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, in what was Hernandez’s second appearance with the club this season.

Hernandez, recovering from a Grade 1 lat strain suffered in May, went three innings of one-run ball with five punchouts, getting removed in the fourth after walking consecutive hitters to start the frame. The 33-year-old threw 69 pitches, including 41 strikes, and allowed four hits and three walks in his outing.

On Wednesday, the Rainiers and Bees were tied, 2-2, with one out in the top of the fifth inning when home plate umpire Nick Mahrley signaled for the tarp, and the rubber match of the three-game series was officially cancelled 43 minutes later.

Statistics for the game are unofficial, although Tacoma (58-69) first baseman Ryan Court obliterated an opposite field home run off the scoreboard in the third inning, evening the score at 2 a piece.

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