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Mariners activate Felix Hernandez

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The Seattle Mariners have activated Felix Hernandez from the 10-day disabled list.

He’s missed over a month, in fact, due to a recurrence of bursitis in his right shoulder, having been placed on the disabled list on August 5, retroactive to August 1. The Mariners are 18-20 since then and currently stand three and a half games back for the second Wild Card, with the Angels separating them from the current placeholder Twins.

Hernandez, who is 5-4 with a 4.28 ERA this season in 13 starts, will be limited to around 50 pitches in the outing.

Sheldon Ocker named winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award

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The Baseball Writers Association of America has named Sheldon Ocker the winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award. He will be honored with the award that is presented annually to a sportswriter “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing” during Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown on July 29.

Ocker began covering the Indians for the Akron Beacon Journal in 1981 and did so until 2013, when he retired. He was national president of the BBWAA in 1985 and served as chair of the Cleveland Chapter 11 times. He named Ohio Sports Writer of the Year in 1997 and 2000 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.