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Seattle Mariners Inside Pitch 2009-04-17

Seattle Mariners Inside Pitch 2009-04-17
Rob Johnson, who wasn't supposed to make the 25-man roster to start the season, will be the Seattle catcher for the next few weeks, at least.

Johnson's promotion came after Seattle put starting catcher Kenji Johjima on the disabled list with a mild strain of his right hamstring.

Johjima first came up sore in the third inning Wednesday while backing up a play at first base. An inning later, he tried to go from first to third on a double by shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt and came up limping.

The Mariners were actually expecting worse news on Johjima.

"This is better than we thought," manager Don Wakamatsu said. "We're looking that Kenji will be back in two or three weeks."

Meanwhile, catcher Jamie Burke, a 37-year-old who was Johjima's backup the last two seasons, was elevated from Class AAA Tacoma and will serve as the backup for the time being.

"Rob showed us a lot in spring training," said Wakamatsu of Johnson, 26, who came into the 2009 season with just 20 games of big-league experience.

ANGELS 5, MARINERS 1: RF Ichiro Suzuki collected his record-setting 3,086th hit to become the all-time Japanese hits leader, but the rest of the night belonged to LHP Joe Saunders of the Angels as a six-game Seattle winning streak ended Thursday.

Saunders was down 1-0 in the fourth inning when he gave up two hits, including Ichiro's record-setter, but he gave the Mariners just one other hit and walked just one to keep the Angels from getting swept in the three-game series.

The Angels came up empty against Seattle RHP Chris Jakubauskas for five innings in the rookie's first big-league start. Jakubauskas gave way to the bullpen with two on and one out in the sixth holding a 1-0 lead.

However, the Angels collected five consecutive two-out hits off Seattle relievers Roy Corcoran and Mark Lowe to seize the lead, never to give it up, with the loss going to Jakubauskas.

Ichiro's hit moved him past Isao Harimoto, who had 3,085 hits in a career that ended in 1981. Harimoto was on hand to watch the changing of the guard.

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Added: April 17, 2009

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