Flashback: Mariners’ King Felix pitches perfect game vs. Rays

Felix Hernandez acknowledges the cheers from the Safeco Field fans.

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Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez seemingly had done it all. And then he did something no one else in franchise history ever had done.

On this date, Aug. 15, in 2012, King Felix tossed the first perfect game in Mariners history, shutting down the Tampa Bay Rays.

Hernandez struck out 12 batters and twice struck out the side. And he sensed something special very early in the game — the third inning, to be exact.

"I thought to myself, ‘Something is going on right now,’ " he told reporters.

How crazy was the 2012 season? Hernandez’s perfecto was the third that year, following gems by the Chicago White Sox’s Philip Humber (against the Mariners) in April and the San Francisco Giants’ Matt Cain in June. And it was the sixth no-hitter of the season — the third at Safeco Field.