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Hernandez could join exclusive club

The Sports Xchange
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Felix Hernandez is about to go where few have gone before.

Friday's start in Tampa, a 3-2 complete game loss, was the 199th of his career. His next, in Cleveland Wednesday, will be the 200th of his career.

And he is not yet 26, and won't be until after the start of the 2012 season.

He's 82-64 over his first 6 1/2 seasons with a 3.22 ERA and 1,227 strikeouts. In baseball records dating back to 1918, only 10 pitchers have at least 1,230 strikeouts in their first 200 starts, and he'll need just three against the Indians to become the 11th, joining Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens, Hideki Nomo, Nolan Ryan, Dwight Gooden, Kerry Wood, Tom Seaver, Jake Peavy, Mark Langston and Sam McDowell.

He has received one or zero runs of support in 23 of his last 61 starts the last two seasons alone, with Seattle having back-to-back seasons with the poorest offense in the American League.

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