Felix Hernandez has such an impressive, and expansive, body of work that it takes some doing for one particular start to stand above the rest.

But after Hernandez had struck out the Yankees' Robinson Cano on Saturday to complete a two-hit, 1-0 masterpiece at Yankee Stadium, then kissed tattoos on each wrist with the names of his two children and gestured skyward, manager Eric Wedge was in a raving mood.

"That was special stuff today," Wedge said. "I told him, that's probably the most impressive start I've ever seen as a manager. And I've seen a lot of good and great pitchers pitch over the years."