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Seattle Mariners Notes, Quotes 2009-04-28

Seattle Mariners Notes, Quotes 2009-04-28
--SS Yuniesky Betancourt has yet to receive a base on balls. Betancourt, without a walk in 66 trips to the plate, is second in the majors in that category to Bengie Molina's 68.

--RF Ichiro Suzuki has yet to receive a base on balls. Ichiro has no walks in 44 plate trips.

--LF Endy Chavez got the word via text message Monday that he's received his green card, granting him permanent residency in the U.S. Chavez, from Venezuela. He got a round of cheers from his teammates Monday afternoon after word got out.

--1B Russell Branyan, back in the lineup after having missed five games with back troubles, returned in style. He went 5-for-8 in his first two games back with a double, two homers and six RBIs combined Friday and Saturday. Branyan was in the lineup again Sunday, but it was a game time decision whether or not his back was going to allow him to play. He originally hurt his back a week ago, and both on Friday and Saturday had slides while running the bases that had the Mariners holding their breath. He played but went 0-for-4.

--Seven different Mariners have batted seventh for the club in the first 18 games of the season -- OF Wladimir Balentien, 1B Russell Branyan, C Jamie Burke, CF Franklin Gutierrez, C Rob Johnson and 2B Jose Lopez.

BY THE NUMBERS: 7 -- The number of consecutive series in Anaheim the Mariners had lost before taking this weekend's series from the Angels. The last winning series for the Mariners in Anaheim was June 9-11, 2006.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "The way they're playing, I just want to feel I'm doing my part to help us win." -- RHP Carlos Silva after Saturday's first win of the season.

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Added: April 28, 2009

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