Hernandez exits game with back cramp

Seattle Mariners star Felix Hernandez left in the seventh inning
of Monday’s game against the Kansas City Royals with an aching
lower back.

After Hernandez made a pitch to Alex Gordon, Mariners manager
Eric Wedge and a trainer rushed to the mound.

They had a brief conversation with Hernandez and he was replaced
by Oliver Perez. The team announced the injury was a cramp in his
lower back.

Hernandez, the 2010 American League Cy Young Award winner,
struck out Mike Moustakas in the sixth for his 200th strikeout, the
fifth consecutive season he has reached that mark.

He had thrown 105 pitches in 6 2/3 innings and Seattle was
trailing 3-1.

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