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Seattle a perfect location for yet another perfect game

By August 16, 2012

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If you wanted to see pitching history, season tickets to the 2012 Seattle Mariners would have been the perfect purchase.

There have been 23 perfect games in big-league history after Felix Hernandez's gem against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday afternoon, and two have taken place at Safeco Field this year. The first was by the White Sox's Philip Humber in April against the Mariners. Only three other ballparks have had multiple perfect games.

Safeco Field also hosted a no-hitter -- and a bizarre one - earlier this season.

Hernandez's perfect game was the third this season -- Matt Cain threw the other -- the first time there's ever been that many in a year. It was also the sixth no-hitter, one short of a record last set in 1991, when there was seven no-hitters.

King Felix struck out 12 on Wednesday afternoon, finishing off all of them with devastating off-speed stuff.

"I didn't know what to think," Hernandez said to ESPN.com, "except that it was unbelievable."

And if you're a Rays fan, you've seen this before as well. Tampa Bay has already been no-hit five times in team history, which only dates to 1998. And three of them have been perfect games, out of 23 in history.

"The stuff was on par with anything I've ever seen," said Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, to the Seattle Times. "He was able to just make pitches in any count. It seemed like every pitch you thought he was going to throw at a certain point, or you guess a pitch, it was the other pitch."

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