King Felix becomes just 36th to reach 2,500 Ks

BOSTON — Seattle Mariners veteran Felix Hernandez became the 36th major league pitcher with 2,500 career strikeouts, getting it in the second inning Saturday against the Boston Red Sox.

The 33-year-old right-hander fanned rookie Michael Chavis looking with a 92 mph fastball for the milestone. He is the fourth active pitcher to reach the mark — behind the Yankees’ CC Sabathia, Houston’s Justin Verlander and Washington’s Max Scherzer.

Hernandez added one more strikeout — his third of the game — before he was chased by the Red Sox after giving up seven runs on six hits and three walks in just 2 1/3 innings.

At 33 years, 33 days of age, King Felix is the sixth-youngest to get to 2,500 strikeouts, trailing Nolan Ryan (31.101), Walter Johnson (31.197), Pedro Martinez (32.221), Tom Seaver (32.287) and Bert Blyleven (33.000).

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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