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Felix inspires t-shirt design for Kings' Court

Now it's time for the encore.

Mariners ace Felix Hernandez returns to the mound Tuesday night against the Indians for the first time since authoring the 23rd perfect game in Major League history, with his team winners of six straight.

Hernandez's perfecto -- which made him 7-0 with a 1.56 ERA in his last 12 starts -- earned the right-hander his first American League Player of the Week Award, but Tuesday is new day.

"I waited for seven years to be Player of the Week. It's a great feeling," Hernandez said. "But I've got to turn the page. Tomorrow is another day. I've got nine more starts and I've got to keep doing what I'm doing right now."

Hernandez's perfect game was the third this Major League season. And if the previous two are any indication, the right-hander's next outing might not even be pretty, let alone perfect.

White Sox right-hander Philip Humber followed his April perfecto by giving up nine runs in five innings to the Red Sox, while San Francisco's Matt Cain allowed three runs in five innings in the start after his June gem.

Of course, neither of those pitchers were on a roll quite like Hernandez.

"I'll approach it the same as always," Hernandez said. "I'm not going to think about a perfect game. I'm just going to go out there and try to make good pitches."

Hernandez isn't the only starter making an encore Tuesday. Cleveland's Roberto Hernandez -- formally known as Fausto Carmona -- makes his second start of the 2012 season after a rough debut.

The Indians right-hander allowed eight runs in six innings, including a five-run second in which three of the runs were unearned, but still impressed manager Manny Acta.

"His velocity was where he was in the past, sitting at 91 [mph], ball sinking down at the knees, and once in awhile he'll pop a 93," Acta said. "That's good enough, especially if you're throwing strikes. ... We didn't catch the ball for him, didn't help him at all."

Indians: Kipnis a dual threat
With 62 RBIs and 23 stolen bases, second baseman Jason Kipnis is one of only four players to drive in at least 60 runs and swipe 20 bases this season. Angels center fielder Mike Trout, Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun and Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro are the others.

• Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera is hitting .308 with eight RBIs this month.

Mariners: 'King's Court' turns 'Supreme'
The usual "King's Court" section in left field has been expanded to the "Supreme Court" for Tuesday's game at Safeco Field. The first 34,000 fans -- in honor of Hernandez's uniform No. 34 -- will receive a special "King of Perfection" T-shirt and commemorative "K" card with a photo from the perfect game on the back side.

"I think I'm going to get chills," Hernandez said. "I don't know what I'm going to do. But it'll be good. I'm looking forward to it."

• Hernandez turned in one of his best outings of the season against the Indians, and one of his worst. On April 19, he struck out 12 in eight shutout innings. On May 16, he allowed eight runs (six earned) on 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings -- his shortest outing of the year.

Worth noting
• A handful of Indians have hit King Felix well in their careers, led by Jack Hannahan (8-for-18, .444), Michael Brantley (5-for-14, .357) and Casey Kotchman (7-for-23, .304).

• Mariners relievers have not allowed a run in their last 10 innings.

• Seattle has won 13 of its past 14 games at Safeco Field, the best record over a stretch of 14 home games in the ballclub's 36-year history.

• The Indians are 1-6 on their nine-game West Coast swing. Comments