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Seattle Mariners Notes, Quotes 2008-09-30


Seattle Mariners Notes, Quotes 2008-09-30
--LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith has secured at the very least a strong look at a job in the pitching rotation in 2009 by finishing the season with eight consecutive quality starts. Rowland-Smith began the season as a middle reliever but went down to the minors in July to work on making the switch to starting.

--LF Raul Ibanez and RF Ichiro Suzuki both started the finale against Oakland, so each played in all 162 games this season. Seattle was the only big-league club with two players who did that this year. In all, only three other players played in each of their team's games -- Adrian Gonzalez of the Padres, Ryan Howard of the Phillies and Justin Morneau of the Twins.

--RF Ichiro Suzuki came into Sunday with 211 hits, tied with Boston's Dustin Pedroia for the American League lead. Ichiro and Pedroia both had two hits in afternoon games to get to 213. Boston had a second game to play thanks to Saturday's rainout against the New York Yankees, but Pedroia didn't play. It is the fifth time Ichiro has led the AL in hits, including the last three years in succession.

--RHP Sean Green recorded his fist career save Sept. 27 against the A's. That made him the 10th Mariners pitcher with a save this season, the most in the big leagues -- Tampa Bay was second with six. The 10 with at least one save for the Mariners were RHP J.J. Putz (14), RHP Brandon Morrow (10), RHP Roy Corcoran (3), LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith (2) and RHP Miguel Batista, RHP Mark Lowe, LHP Arthur Rhodes, LHP Jarrod Washburn, RHP Randy Messenger and Green (1 each).

--SS Yuniesky Betancourt had single-month highs in runs (17), hits (34), doubles (seven), homers (three), RBI (13) and average (.343). He had multi-hit games in five of his last six starts and finished the year at .279.

--RHP R.A. Dickey's win over Oakland in the season finale was his first since July 31 at Texas. It came after nine days without getting into a game. Dickey went at least five innings in 10 of his last 11 starts.

BY THE NUMBERS: 1 -- The number of three-game sweeps at home for Seattle this season after taking three from the A's this weekend. The Mariners also had one three-game sweep on the road, at San Diego on June 27-29.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Raul is a piece of treasure. I don't want this team to lose a piece of treasure." -- RF Ichiro Suzuki on LF Raul Ibanez, who is a free agent this winter.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: September 30, 2008

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