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Local Digest: Former Cy Young Award winner to play in Modesto; Beyer star transfers

9. Felix Hernandez (143) – Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez, front right, celebrates with teammates after tossing a perfect game in a 1-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, in Seattle. King Felix, 29, is 143-101 with 2,142 strikeouts and a 3.11 ERA in 11 seasons.
9. Felix Hernandez (143) – Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez, front right, celebrates with teammates after tossing a perfect game in a 1-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, in Seattle. King Felix, 29, is 143-101 with 2,142 strikeouts and a 3.11 ERA in 11 seasons. The Associated Press

Seattle Mariners right-handed pitcher Felix Hernandez, a six-time MLB All-Star and the American League’s 2010 Cy Young Award Winner, will make a rehab start for the Modesto Nuts on Thursday, the team announced Tuesday.

The Nuts host the Inland Empire 66ers at 7:05 p.m.

Hernandez, who is currently on the Mariners’ 60-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain, is 1-4 with a 6.52 earned run average and last pitched in the MLB on May 11 against the Boston Red Sox.

Along with Hernandez’s appearance, Thursday night is also Country Night and Thirsty Thursday at John Thurman Field.

Tickets can be purchased at Modestonuts.com. or by calling the box office at (209) 572-4487.

MaxPreps All-American transfers to Gregori: One of the top volleyball players in the area has transferred from one Modesto school to another.

Junior outside hitter Olivia Keller is at Gregori after spending her first two years at Beyer, former coach Tony Silva said earlier this week.

Keller will be eligible to play on Sept. 24 due to a CIF Sac-Joaquin Section rule that requires a sit-out period.

“It was a family decision and what was best for her family,” Silva said.

Keller, who was named Most Valuable Player in the Western Athletic Conference in 2018, had 460 kills and 237 digs for the Patriots.

She was named to the MaxPreps Underclass All-American teams in both 2017 and 2018 and has received interest from Oregon, Pepperdine, TCU, Texas, and USC, according to ragevball.com, her club team’s website.

MJC to hold Football Kickoff Dinner next Saturday: Modesto Junior College will hold a Football Kickoff Dinner on Saturday, Aug. 17, in the Agriculture Center for Education at the school’s West Campus.

The fundraiser begins with a social at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m. and a silent and dessert auction.

Pirates head coach Rusty Stivers and some of his assistant coaches will be in attendance.

Tickets are $50 and include a 2019 season pass to the Pirate’s home football games. Kickoff Dinner tickets may be purchased online at www.mjc.edu/athletics and click on the “Donate Now” button or at the MJC Physical Education division office.

Julian A. Lopez has been covering local sports for The Modesto Bee since August 2018. He graduated from Arizona State in 2016 with a BA in Journalism.
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