Felix Hernandez, the top candidate to start for the American League in Tuesday’s All-Star Game, was scheduled to pitch Thursday, but was held back as Seattle trails first-place Oakland by nine games in the West while holding down the final wild card spot by 1 1/2 games.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Athletics RH Jeff Samardzija (3-7, 2.74 ERA) vs. Mariners RH Felix Hernandez (10-2, 2.11)
Samardzija yielded one run and four hits while striking out five in seven innings of a 4-2 victory over Toronto on Sunday.
Hernandez received a no-decision after allowing two runs and three hits while striking out eight in eight frames of Seattle’s 3-2 victory in 14 innings over the White Sox in Chicago on Saturday.
– Over is 6-0 in Athletics last 6 road games with the total set at 6.5 or lower.
– Over is 6-1 in Hernandezs last 7 starts vs. a team with a winning record.