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Félix Hernández may not be long for Mariners’ rotation


Mariners starter Félix Hernández continued to struggle on Tuesday, coughing up 11 runs (seven earned) on eight hits and four walks with two strikeouts in six innings against the Rangers. That brought his ERA on the season to 5.73 with a 99/46 K/BB ratio in 124 innings this season.

Manager Scott Servais was non-committal when asked if Hernández would make his next scheduled start, which would be Sunday in Houston against the Astros. Per ESPN, Servais said, “We’ll see. You have to take a look at where we’re at going forward here. The next time that spot [in the rotation] comes around, we’ll be over in Houston. They’ve also got a good club.” Servais continued, “We’ve got to give ourselves a chance every time out there to win the ballgame. It’s tough to win.”

Hernández, 32, is owed the remainder of his $26 million salary for this season and will earn $27 million next year. That, and the fact that Hernández has been a fan favorite during his 14 years with the franchise, will make it difficult for the Mariners to go through with moving him out of the rotation. But it may be the smartest thing to do, as the club entered Wednesday’s action 7.5 games out of first place in the AL West and two games out of the second Wild Card slot in the AL.

Video: White Sox turn triple play against Astros

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White Sox starter Iván Nova was able to escape a jam in the third inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Astros with the help of a triple play. Nova had allowed a leadoff double to Tony Kemp, then hit Robinson Chirinos with a pitch to put runners on first and second base with no outs. Facing Jake Marisnick in a 1-1 count, Nova threw a 94 MPH fastball that Marisnick sharply grounded to Yoán Moncada right at the third base bag. Moncada quickly fired the ball to Yolmer Sánchez at second base, then Sánchez whipped the ball to José Abreu at first base just ahead of a lunging Marisnick to complete the triple-killing.

According to Baseball Almanac, it’s the 718th known triple play dating back to 1876. The last time the White Sox turned a triple play was 2016. They turned three triple plays that season, amusingly. The Astros have been victimized by two of the last three triple plays, having also hit into one on April 19 last year against the Mariners.