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Mariners ace Felix Hernandez officially announced to start on opening day

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PEORIA, Arizona — Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez is all set to start on opening day for the seventh straight year.

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon made it official on Saturday.

PHOTO: Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez works against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning of a spring training baseball game Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Peoria, Ariz. Hernandez pitched six innings allow only one run and two hits but took the loss in the Royals' 3-0 victory.(AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez works against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning of a spring training baseball game Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Peoria, Ariz. Hernandez pitched six innings allow only one run and two hits but took the loss in the Royals' 3-0 victory.(AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Hernandez will pitch April 6 in Seattle against the AL West champion Los Angeles Angels.

This will be the eighth career opening-day start for Hernandez. He is 5-0 with a 1.52 ERA in previous openers.

McClendon had previously said he was "99.999 percent" sure Hernandez would be the starter, and now has made it 100 percent certain.

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