Ichiro Suzuki will be playing his 1,440th game as a Seattle Mariner tonight - matching Jay Buhner's total and leaving him in a tie for third on the franchise all-time list.
Ahead of him? Edgar Martinez (2,055) and Ken Griffey Jr. (1,662).
On the subject of Ichiro, the Baltimore Orioles would rather he be somewhere else tonight. Like Canada. Ichiro has the highest career batting average (.365) against Baltimore as anyone in the the Orioles long history.
In 84 games, Ichiro has scored 66 runs and hit seven home runs, driving in 32 runs.
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And one more Ichiro-fact. In games played at Safeco Field, Ichiro betgins tonight with an 18-game hitting streak against the Orioles.
- Well, since we're all-Ichiro all the time, consider this: With two men on base, Ichiro robbed Matt Wieters of an RBI with a shoe string catch of his bid for a single. Doug Fister survived a rocky first.
- You'll never guess who doubled to left field on the first pitch thrown by Brad Bergesen. Unless you said: 'Ichiro!' With one out, Franklin Gutierrez walked. Jose Lopez grounded into a double play.
- Fister's best inning, the third, is a 1-2-3 affair with two called third strikes. After a problem with command early on, he seems to have settled into the strike zone. In the third: No score.
- Jack Wilson singled into left field, never stopped running and would have been out at second by 10 feet - if Julio Lugo hadn't dropped the throw from left field. Score it a one-out double. Ichiro walked. Chone Figgins walked to load 'em up. Franklin Gutierrez singled Wilson home. Ichiro scored on Ty Wigginton's error. Griffey singled home two runs, Milton Bradley doubled home one. Casey Kotchman homered, his third. Seattle 7, Baltimore 0.
- Pitcher's favorite inning? A 1-2-3 inning after your team has scored. Fister has not yet allowed a hit through four.
- Here's a record the Mariners hoped not to set: The smallest crowd in Safeco Field history - 14,528.
- Fister and his defense have a gem going through five innings. He's thrown 70 pitches, and teammates have made at least four strong plays behind him to keep the Orioles hitless. In the fifth: Seattle 7, Baltimore 0.
- Gutierrez leads off the fifth with a single and takes second on Adam Jones' error. Fourteen games into the new season, Gutierrez is now batting .426 and leads the American League with eight multiple-hit games.
- Play of the night? Cesar Izturis grounds a ball to second baseman Figgins, who fields it, does a 360-degree turn and throws to Fister at first for the out. Through six innings, Fister's no-hitter remains intact.
- The seventh inning. Nick Markakis leads off with a single up the middle on Fister's 81st pitch. On his 94th pitch, Fister gives up an RBI double, ending his scoreless inning streak at 14. Seattle 7, Baltimore 1.
- Fister out, Brandon League in for the eighth. Fister's earned run average in three April starts: 1.41. Kotchman drives in an insurance run. In the seventh: Seattle 8, Baltimore 1.
- In the ninth: Shawn Kelley in to finish what should be Seattle's seventh win of the season. Ty Wigginton homered. It's a final: Seattle 8, Baltimore 2.