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TOR@SEA: Felix fans eight Blue Jays over seven

It'll be a premier pitching matchup on Saturday night at Comerica Park as Felix Hernandez will pitch for the Mariners against David Price, who is making his first home start with the Tigers.

Hernandez and Price represent two of the best pitchers the American League has to offer, with Hernandez leading the league in ERA (1.95) and WHIP (0.86) and Price first in strikeouts (205). Both sit near the top of the rankings in several other categories.

Price, coming off a four-run, six-inning outing against Toronto, said he was excited to make his first start in front of Detroit's home crowd. He didn't seem to be looking forward to facing Felix as much.

"He's throwing the ball exceptionally well right now, the streak he's been on with seven innings or more with two or less runs, whatever it's at. I know it's a Major League record," Price said.

To be precise, the streak stands at 16 straight starts in which Hernandez has gone seven innings or more and allowed two or fewer runs. The matchup is all the more intriguing given that Detroit and Seattle are separated by a half-game in the race for the second AL Wild Card.

"That's going to be a great matchup," said current Mariners and former Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson. "Facing two starting pitchers that are really good and two starting lineups that are really good. It'll be a great, competitive matchup."

Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon, though, noted that the big matchup doesn't guarantee dueling no-hitters.

"Sometimes those things work out the way they're planned to, sometimes they don't," McClendon said. "We'll see."

Mariners: Saunders back to rehab after brief leave
After a brief paternity leave, right fielder Michael Saunders resumed his rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma on Friday.

"He'll play tonight and hopefully the next two or three nights," McClendon said Friday. "We'll reevaluate and see where he is."

Tigers: Verlander's status won't be clear until next week
Justin Verlander got the reinforcement he wanted from other doctors that his shoulder soreness appears limited to inflammation. Whether he can avoid a stint on the disabled list is the next question, and that might not be clear until the middle of next week.

"Right now, he's not going to pick up a ball until at least Tuesday," manager Brad Ausmus said. "From there, it could go in a number of directions."

The Tigers will go with four starters for the time being, using Monday's off-day as a way to skip Verlander's spot. Max Scherzer will start Tuesday's series opener at Tampa Bay on four days' rest rather than getting an extra day, followed by Rick Porcello and Price.

Worth noting
• The Mariners have held their opponents to three runs or fewer in their past 13 games entering Saturday. No team since 2000 has had such a streak of 14 games. Comments