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Seattle Mariners Notes, Quotes 2008-07-29


Seattle Mariners Notes, Quotes 2008-07-29
--RF Ichiro Suzuki has 1,721 hits in 1,223 major league games since he came to the Mariners in 2001. He had 1,278 hits in 951 games for Orix in Japan. Twenty-six of his 129 hits this season are infield singles.

--RHP Sean Green, the winning pitcher Monday at Texas, continued to lead the league with his 52nd appearance this season.

--C Jeff Clement returned to the lineup at DH after missing four games because of a torn thumbnail on his right hand. He won't catch until he can grip the baseball, and that's still difficult. Until Clement is able to catch again, Kenji Johjima will get most of the starts behind the plate with Jamie Burke as his backup.

"I can swing the bat without much problem, and they've cut out a little foam sleeve for the thumb that takes some of the impact," Clement said. "So I can at least be the designated hitter."

--2B Jose Lopez, hoping to avoid the post-All-Star slump that plagued him last year, went 2-for-4 to extend his career-long hitting streak to 15 games. He's batting .301.

--SS Yuniesky Betancourt is 1-for-15 on the road trip -- a single Monday at Texas -- after the Mariners mandated that he alter his free-swinging approach and show more patience at the plate.

BY THE NUMBERS: 7 -- The Mariners' losing streak through Saturday, matching the club's longest slide of the season.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "It felt (good) to get one hit, then get two. After that, I was looking for my third." -- C Kenji Johjima after getting two hits Friday. He'd had just two hits in 38 July at-bats before that.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: July 29, 2008

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