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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – One year later, Felix Hernandez can well remember the day he was perfect.

The Tampa Bay Rays won’t plan any special tribute to Hernandez on Thursday to mark the anniversary of the perfect game he threw against them at Safeco Field. Hernandez isn’t pitching in this series. His next start is Saturday against at Texas.

But his memories of that sunny day in Seattle are ever-present.

“It’s always on my mind,’’ he said. “I’m not going to forget that day.’’

Hernandez said he’s always thinking about throwing a perfect game or no-hitter whenever he takes the mound.

He doesn’t think anything was particularly different last Aug. 15, other than feeling “pretty good” and things falling into place.

“Everybody was in the right position, it was the right day and I made the right pitches,’’ he said. “It was a perfect day.’’

Hernandez admitted he began thinking about a no-hitter around the fourth or fifth inning.

In hindsight, he figures his stuff that day was the best it could possibly be.

“I had my fastball working, the breaking ball was there and the changeup was good,’’ he said. “It was one of those days.’’


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