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Silva succeeds by tuning out crowd

Silva succeeds by tuning out crowd
Not many Mariners were smiling as brightly as Carlos Silva after the Mariners' 3-2 victory over the Angels on Tuesday.

Silva, who has lost 16 of his past 17 decisions, pitched seven strong innings. He might have won back a few of the fans who wanted to run him out of town last week.

"The crowd is very important," he said. "I respect the crowd 100 percent. But it's one thing I've got to take out of my mind. I've got to pitch. I don't have to worry about crowds, I don't have to worry about anything. That's one of my biggest problems. I worry too much about the outside stuff."

Silva was asked whether anybody from the team has tried to talk to him about blocking out external factors.

"There are a lot of people talking to me, man," he said, bursting into laughter. "[Monday, manager Don] Wakamatsu talked to me a little bit, [pitching coach] Rick [Adair] talked to me, the mental [coach] guy talked to me."

Injury update

The Mariners announced that top prospect Carlos Triunfel is to undergo surgery Wednesday on the fibula he broke in a Class AA game last week.

Wakamatsu said the Mariners won't know how much time the shortstop will miss until after the surgery.

"Hopefully, it's not too serious," Wakamatsu said. "We'll cross our fingers."

Outfielder Wladimir Balentien said after the game his wrist and elbow felt "great" after taking batting practice and that he's ready to get back in the lineup.

Scioscia on Wak

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he saw managerial potential in Don Wakamatsu when Wakamatsu was an instructor and minor-league manager in the Angels' system from 1999 through 2002.

"No doubt," Scioscia said. "There was absolutely no doubt he had the capability to not only one day manage in the big leagues, but also what he was going to bring to an organization as a terrific teacher, and a great communicator."

Staff reporter Larry Stone contributed to this article.

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