Felix Hernandez struggles in final spring outing

Nelson Cruz, left, smiles as he celebrates his two-run home run with Robinson Cano during the first inning of Tuesday's game in Goodyear, Ariz. (Ross D. Franklin / The Associated Press)

Felix Hernandez’s final start before opening day was a quick one. The Mariners’ ace never made it out of the second inning and Seattle went on to lose 8-6 to the Cleveland Indians.

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This week in MLS: Jordan Allen saves Real Salt Lake and other fresh faces

Major League Soccer's continued insistence on scheduling games during international dates resulted in some high-profile absences during Week 4. Unlike, say, the English Premier League or Spain's La Liga, MLS powers through the dark periods on the calendar when clubs are required to release players to their respective national teams. That policy often results in...