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Seattle Mariners Inside Pitch 2009-04-16

Seattle Mariners Inside Pitch 2009-04-16
The Mariners got right fielder Ichiro Suzuki back on the active roster Wednesday, but their joy was tempered a little by the news that left-hander Ryan Rowland-Smith was going on the disabled list and that catcher Kenji Johjima might follow.

Rowland-Smith, who was scheduled to start Thursday's series finale against the Angels, came down with triceps tendinitis in his left arm and replaced Ichiro on the disabled list.

As a result, rookie Chris Jakubauskas, who had only a dozen games above the Class AA level in the minor leagues, will replace Rowland-Smith in the rotation and will make his first big-league start Thursday.

The Mariners had been expected to send rookie third baseman Matt Tuiasosopo to Class AAA Tacoma in order to make room for Ichiro. Tuiasosopo remained with Seattle on Wednesday night, but the club is expected to call up a minor league reliever for Thursday's game to take Jakubauskas' place in the bullpen, and Tuiasosopo is likely to be sent down.

The Mariners will have to wait until Thursday morning to know about Johjima, who came up limping while going from first to third on a double by Yuniesky Betancourt in the fourth inning.

Johjima was walking around tenderly after the Mariners' 11-3 win over the Angels, and he said it "obviously not good news" that his hamstrings have tightened.

MARINERS 11, ANGELS 3: It was a night for the record books. LHP Jarrod Washburn recorded his 100th career win, DH Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 400th homer as a Mariner, and RF Ichiro Suzuki tied the all-time record for a Japanese professional baseball play with hit No. 3,085.

The Mariners ran off their sixth consecutive win, the last five of which have come at the expense of AL West teams (three at Oakland and the first two of this series with Los Angeles).

Griffey gave the Mariners the lead for good, following a solo homer by LF Endy Chavez with a homer of his own to become the only player in history with 400 homers with one team and 200 with another (he hit 210 with Cincinnati after hitting 398 with Seattle from 1989-99).

Ichiro, on the disabled list for the first eight games of the season because of extreme fatigue and ulcer problems, returned to the Seattle lineup and contributed a single and a grand slam.

He singled in the third inning, and his slam in the seventh capped a seven-run inning that put the Angels away.

Washburn started out by retiring the first 12 batters he faced and wound up allowing two runs in six innings to run his record to 2-0. He was pitching despite being ill, and he could barely talk after the game.

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Added: April 16, 2009

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