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Originally published Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 9:15 PM

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Felix Hernandez honored as AL Pitcher of the Month

Mariners ace Felix Hernandez capped off a banner month of August on Tuesday by capturing American League Pitcher of the Month honors. Hernandez took home the...

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Mariners ace Felix Hernandez capped off a banner month of August on Tuesday by capturing American League Pitcher of the Month honors.

Hernandez took home the honor just weeks after pitching a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays, one of three 1-0 shutouts he posted during the month to go with a 4-0 record and 1.08 earned-run average. He also had 31 strikeouts and walked only five batters while throwing 41-2/3 innings in his five starts an average of more than eight innings per outing.

That's a pretty good month right there," Hernandez quipped to reporters at Safeco Field on Tuesday.

This is the third time in his career Hernandez has captured the award and the 16th time a Mariners pitcher has earned it. Hernandez had earlier been named AL Pitcher of the Week after throwing the perfect game, while this marks the second straight month a Mariners pitcher has earned Pitcher of the Month honors coming after Jason Vargas captured the prize in July.


• The Mariners promoted seven Class AAA players to their expanded roster, one of them designated hitter/first baseman Luis Jimenez, 30, who signed as a teenager with Oakland out of Venezuela back in 1999 and has never played in the majors. Seattle also called up outfielder Casper Wells, infielder Alex Liddi, relief pitcher Shawn Kelley, starting pitcher Hector Noesi, first baseman Mike Carp and infielder Carlos Triunfel.

Jimenez's pro stops included a stint in Japan with the Nippon Ham Fighters. Hed spent the past two seasons with Seattles AAA affiliate in Tacoma, going .312 with a .910 on-base-plus-slugging percentage this year.

Jimenez said he doesn't waste time worrying about his lack of prior major-league opportunities, or other things he can't control.

"After 13 years in the minors, to be in the majors is real special," he said. "I've been doing the same stuff all along. It's just that sometimes, you have to be in the right place to get the opportunity."

To make room for Jimenez, the Mariners designated minor-league outfielder Johermyn Chavez for assignment. Chavez came over from Toronto with Brandon League in the December 2009 trade that sent starting pitcher Brandon Morrow to the Blue Jays.

The Mariners also made a trade on Tuesday, shipping journeyman catcher Guillermo Quiroz to the Red Sox for cash considerations. Quiroz spent the entire 2012 season with AAA Tacoma, but was added to the major-league club by Boston and was in uniform on Tuesday night.

The Red Sox are the fifth major-league team Quiroz has played for. Hed been in 101 major-league games, including seven with the Mariners over a handful of prior seasons with the club.

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