PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Felix Hernandez doesn't think he could have changed the mind of Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais about opening day, even by pitching well this spring.
With his ERA approaching 16, it's a moot point. King Felix is royally agitated anyway.
Hernandez was tagged for seven runs in three-plus innings against the Cleveland Indians on Sunday, raising his spring ERA to 15.95 a day after Servais announced that Marco Gonzales would start Seattle's season opener against Oakland in Tokyo on March 20.
Seattle's decision ends Hernandez's run of 10 consecutive opening day starts.
Hernandez spoke publicly after the game for the first time since Servais' announcement. Asked if he was upset, Hernandez said simply, "Yeah," but declined to elaborate on his emotions.
"I knew it was going to happen," he added.
Hernandez was also asked if he could have convinced Servais to give him the opening day nod with a better spring camp.
"No," he said while shaking his head.
The 32-year-old has been losing fastball velocity since his mid-20s and been mostly hobbled and ineffective since turning 30.
The 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner had a career-worst 5.55 ERA in 29 games last season and was briefly removed from the rotation for the first time in the majors. This is his final season of a $175 million, seven-year contract.
METS 9, CARDINALS 1
Amed Rosario connected for a three-run homer in his first at-bat for New York since being hit in the left hand by a pitch on Monday. Jeff McNeil and Travis d'Arnaud also homered and Robinson Cano had two hits. Steven Matz pitched four shutout innings in his third start.
Dylan Carlson homered off Mets closer Edwin Diaz.
NATIONALS 6, ASTROS 4
Jeremy Hellickson pitched four shutout innings for Washington. Luis Garcia had three singles.
George Springer went 0 for 3 and is batting .182 for Houston. Wade Miley made his second start, pitching 3 2/3 innings.
A'S (SS) 7, WHITE SOX 6
Dustin Fowler had three hits and Josh Phegley homered for Oakland's split squad.
Yoan Moncada homered for Chicago. Lucas Giolito struggled in his third start, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings.
BREWERS 7, CUBS 5
Orlando Arcia, Ben Gamel and Tyler Saladino homered for Milwaukee.
Kyle Hendricks pitched three innings in his third start for Chicago, allowing three runs.