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Seattle Mariners Notes, Quotes 2008-08-26

Seattle Mariners Notes, Quotes 2008-08-26
--RHP Mark Lowe was optioned to Class AAA Tacoma before Monday's game, making room on the roster for RHP Randy Messenger. Lowe wasn't going to be able to pitch for a few days because of a sore foot, and the Mariners reasoned they would be able to get him back faster when the roster expands on Sept. 1 than they would by putting Lowe on the disabled list when he was only going to need a couple more days off.

--RHP Miguel Batista, who'd given up six runs in just three innings in an Aug. 4 game against the Twins in Safeco Field and lost his spot in the starting rotation because of it, got a measure of revenge Monday. He threw six innings, allowed just one run and matched Twins LHP Francisco Liriano pitch for pitch. Even so, Batista hasn't won a game since July 5.

--RF Ichiro Suzuki is hitting .376 (47-for-125) to lead off games this year in his 131 starts for the Mariners. Two of the 47 hits are home runs.

--RHP Randy Messenger -- who'd signed with the Mariners on July 10, one day after being let go by San Francisco -- was promoted from Tacoma on Monday. He got into his first big-league game of the season, pitching a scoreless eighth inning. Messenger, who has been in the big leagues with the Marlins and the Giants, figures to pitch middle and long relief. "With the Giants, I asked for my release," Messenger said. "(The Mariners) gave me an opportunity to pitch and get to the big leagues, which is all I wanted. I'm happy with the way everything worked out." Messenger's ninth-inning strikeout of Twins SS Nick Punto was Messenger's first as a Mariner. It was also the 30,000th strikeout by Mariners pitching in franchise history dating to 1977.

--C Jeff Clement, who has missed three starts because of ailing knees, is expected to be available to start behind the plate Tuesday if manager Jim Riggleman needs him. Clement served as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning Monday, grounding into a double play.

--RHP Carlos Silva is likely to return to the starting rotation the first day he is eligible to come off the disabled list, Aug. 31. Silva is throwing again after coming down with right elbow biceps tendinitis in his last start Aug. 15.

--3B Adrian Beltre had been serving as the DH the previous two days, but his sore left shoulder has improved enough that he was able to return to the starting lineup Monday on defense. His double set up the tying run in the ninth inning against the Twins, and his two-run homer in the 11th won it.

BY THE NUMBERS: 15 -- Consecutive games, through Aug. 24, in which Seattle pitchers had allowed at least one home run. That was the most by the Mariners staff since the 2004 season.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I have great respect for umpires. The home run, that's the furthest thing away from the umpire. Everything else (they call) is close to them. But when it happens out there and it's bouncing off rails and poles, there's nothing wrong with getting technical help with that." -- Manager Jim Riggleman on why he supports the use of TV replay.

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Added: August 26, 2008

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