ANAHEIM -- As soon as Felix Hernandez throws his first pitch Sunday against the Angels, he'll be ineligible to pitch in Tuesday's All-Star Game, a circumstance that doesn't make "The King" happy.
Major League rules now call for pitchers who throw the Sunday before the Midsummer Classic to be replaced so that there'll be enough pitchers available to throw in the All-Star Game. MLB waits until Sunday's starters actually throw a pitch before eliminating them, however, just in case weather or something unforeseen changes the situation.
"I'm disappointed," Hernandez said on Saturday. "If I go there, I want to be part of it and pitch. But it's a rule they made and there's nothing I can do about that."
Hernandez says he'd normally throw a bullpen session on that day and would gladly pitch in the All-Star Game, which he's done once before, in 2009, when he threw one perfect inning in the game at St. Louis.
As it stands, he'll make the most of things as he travels to Phoenix for the festivities.
"I'm going to be part of it anyway," Hernandez said. "I'll be watching, enjoying the game and the Home Run Derby. It would be more fun if I was able to pitch, but it happens."
And, no, he didn't lobby the Mariners to change the rotation so he could pitch in the All-Star Game.
"This is my team," he said. "This is more important."
When Hernandez and others are scratched -- with Detroit's Justin Verlander and Tampa Bay's James Shields also scheduled to pitch Sunday -- it's likely that Mariners rookie Michael Pineda will be one of the replacements.
Wedge ejected in third inning against Halos
ANAHEIM -- Mariners manager Eric Wedge was ejected from Saturday's 9-3 loss to the Angels in the bottom of the third inning for arguing a checked swing that resulted in a crucial walk for Halos catcher Hank Conger.
Mariners catcher Miguel Olivo appeared to have gunned down Mark Trumbo as he tried to steal second on a 3-2 count, but instead Conger was awarded first on the base on balls and Trumbo remained at second.
Third-base umpire Sam Holbrook then tossed Wedge as he was yelling from the dugout, which led Wedge to race onto the field and exchange words with Holbrook.
The Angels went on to score four runs in the inning, three on a home run by Torii Hunter.
It was Wedge's third ejection of the season and 31st of his career.
Wedge blasted Holbrook afterward and said the call changed the entire course of the game.
"Two outs with nobody on to first and second with nobody out. Then they scored four runs. It's ridiculous," Wedge said. "It was obvious to everybody in the ballpark, except him, that he did go. It was just a bad call that changed the entire ballgame."
Did it affect Pineda?
"I don't know. That's something we have to overcome," Wedge said. "But I'm sure it had some affect on him. He's still a young kid. Obviously, from an emotional standpoint, it's zero to 90, because what you think has happened and what should have happened is the complete opposite. It's an emotional roller coaster for him right there."
Wedge spent the rest of the game in the clubhouse stewing, believing he never should have been tossed in the first place.
"It's getting to the point with these umpires that you can't even look at them without them throwing you out," he said. "God forbid you question something or make any type of gesture to where you're unhappy with it. These guys are so sensitive it's unbelievable."
League's week could include ASG, new child
ANAHEIM -- While Brandon League remains on high alert awaiting word from his pregnant wife, Sasha, the Mariners closer said Saturday he's expecting to take part in next week's All-Star Game in Phoenix.
League's wife is due any day now, and she went to the doctor eight days ago with what turned out to be false labor, but she's flown to Phoenix in order to make things easier if she goes into labor while League is at the All-Star festivities.
"We had a doctor there in Spring Training, so if anything were to happen, she'd go to him," League said Saturday. "If something happens before then, I'd fly straight to Arizona. I don't think anything will happen between now and tomorrow night, but who knows?"
League's mom, sister and in-laws are all coming to Phoenix as well, so he'll have plenty of support. He's hoping to be part of the All-Star fun, but will keep it all in perspective as he awaits the couple's third child.
"[Former teammate] Mike Sweeney was telling me just enjoy it, because you'll always remember it," League said. "But don't get too overwhelmed by everything, because it's still your All-Star break and your No. 1 priority is still to spend some time with your family. We'll be home only four days after the break, then we go on a three-city road trip."
How much does League feel like he's juggling at the moment?
"A lot," he said with a grin. "But it's good."
Beavan could get another start for Mariners
ANAHEIM -- Rookie right-hander Blake Beavan's stay in Seattle could be slightly longer than expected, with Erik Bedard likely to miss at least one more start as he recovers from a sprained left knee, manager Eric Wedge said on Saturday.
Bedard is slated to throw off flat ground on Sunday and will be reevaluated at that point. His 15-day stint on the disabled list will end during the All-Star break, but Wedge said it appears he might not be ready to return for the next series against Texas, as was originally planned.
Beavan, 22, has made the most of his two fill-in starts, going 1-0 with a 2.03 ERA.
"The biggest thing I've learned is, when you do make a mistake, they hit it," Beavan said. "And when you need a ball in the dirt, you've got to put it in the dirt. Besides that, just slowing the game down and not letting it get too fast on you and get you out of your rhythm."
Beavan got a no-decision Friday in Seattle's 4-3 loss to the Angels, turning a 3-2 lead over to the bullpen with one out in the seventh. In the process, he became the first Mariner to open his career with consecutive starts of at least six innings while allowing two or fewer runs since Dave Burba in 1991.
The club record for six-plus innings with two or fewer runs to start a career is three, by Bob Stoddard in '81.
"This goes a long ways. To get up here and gain that experience and see that you can be successful right away, that's leaps and bounds," Wedge said. "That's great experience."
After giving up a home run to Erick Aybar on a fastball on his second pitch of the game, Beavan went more to his offspeed offerings than he did in a 3-1 victory over the Padres in his debut. The 6-foot-7 rookie even trotted out a curveball that he only added midway through this season in Tacoma.
Results with the curve were mixed, with Vernon Wells slugging one over the fence in the fourth inning on an 0-2 pitch that never should have been anywhere near where the veteran could reach it. Lesson learned, according to Beavan.
"I think the biggest thing with the curveball is, if I'm getting ahead 0-2 or 1-2, I've got to put it in the dirt," he said. "I can't leave it in the zone for them to hit. That's the biggest thing I learned about using the curveball."
Halman starts in center for sick Gutierrez
ANAHEIM -- Veteran center fielder Franklin Gutierrez was scratched from the Mariners lineup on Saturday after showing up at Angel Stadium not feeling well.
Manager Eric Wedge said he didn't think it was the same stomach problem that sidelined Gutierrez for the first six weeks of the season.
"That's always something he has to manage, but I don't know if this is something he ate or what," said Wedge. "He just had a bad night."
Rookie outfielder Greg Halman, already slated to start in left, instead shifted over to center field, and fellow rookie Carlos Peguero was inserted back in at left field.
Halman has played just 23 games since being called up by the Mariners on June 2 to replace the struggling Michael Saunders, but the 23-year-old Netherlands native is making the most of his chances.
Wedge appears ready to give Halman more opportunities after he snapped an 0-for-12 stretch by going 2-for-3 with a double and run scored in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Angels.
"I'm just trying to have good at-bats and get on base and drive guys in, just like everybody else is trying to do," Halman said. "I'm not trying to do too much, just play my game and leave it at that."
The youngster has kept his head in games even when he's not in the lineup, which is exactly what Wedge wants to see.
"The biggest thing when you're not playing is you can watch and learn and see everything that is happening, and the moves being made offensively and defensively," Halman said. "I've haven't been here very long at all, so I'm just trying to see and learn from all these guys and pick up little things they're doing."
One thing he saw Friday was Gutierrez continuing to fight to get out of a slump, as he hit several balls hard, including a scorched drive that Angels rookie Mike Trout ran down in center field for the final out in the ninth.
"You see [Gutierrez] up there driving the ball all over the place and guys are catching his stuff, and his next at-bat he's up there again, right back at it," said Halman. "That's tough, but that drives guys on the team when you see guys grinding up there and keep doing what they're doing. That's all I'm trying to do, stay ready and do my job."
Halman's speed and defense might be his key to more playing time. He has power, but also the athleticism to cover a lot of ground in the outfield. His speed in the eighth inning Friday allowed him to get quickly to a single to left by Vernon Wells and keep Torii Hunter from scoring from second.
That left the bases full, with David Pauley able to get out of the one-out jam and keep the game tied.
"I figured, that late in the game, Torii Hunter is going to try to score," Halman said. "The third-base coach is going to be watching the way I attack the ball, so I just tried to attack as fast as I can, break it down and get off a good throw, especially that late in the game."
Those are the little things that will keep a guy in the lineup. That and the .308 batting average Halman is sporting as the Mariners continue searching for offensive answers.