No one in baseball flies as far as the Seattle Mariners, who put in about 50,000 miles each season - and their longest flight of the year is from Seattle to Tampa Bay.
"It's about 5,000 miles," manager Don Wakamatsu joked the day after flying it.
That flight claimed a few victims: David Aardsma's back stiffened and he was unavailable Tuesday - so Mark Lowe closed.
Ken Griffey Jr. had a knee puff on him, but walked twice. Mike Sweeney's back seized up. So did Miguel Batista's, though he threw two innings and won his seventh game.
Line of the night came from Jose Lopez: “As long as we’re going to have to play anyway, we might as well win."
Lopez hit his 25th home run in the eighth to win it. As for that travel? Even Ichiro said it's a grind. “There’s no way you can deal with it physically,” Ichiro Suzuki said of the long flight. “You have to prepare for the mental side. That you can do.”
And he can?
“If I couldn’t, I wouldn’t have played here the last nine years,” he said.
Mr. Aardsma is expected to be available Wednesday.