It starts with Endy ... for now.
Until Ichiro returns from the disabled list on Wednesday, Endy Chavez is the Mariners leadoff hitter - and a good one, at that.
has a six-game hitting streak. The last Mariner to start a season with a six-game hitting streak was ...
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...Ichiro, in 2005. He got it to seven.
And we're off: Erik Bedard vs. Trevor Cahill.
Mr. Bedard is working
Through two innings, Bedard has faced and set down six Athletics in a row, three by strike out.
That required 31 pitches.
The Mariners, by contrast, have three walks and one hit-by-pitch (Russell Branyan) but not hits.
Franklin Guttierrez has now grounded into four double plays this season.
That Mariners offense
Six innings in, and - did we mention? - the Mariners don't have a hit against youngster Trevor Cahill.
The scouting report on Cahill was that he has a great slider but issues throwing strikes. So far, no issues. And no hits.
Bedard, meanwhile, has allowed a couple of hits but no runs, pitching beautifully.
After six: No score.
The offense lives
Adrian Beltre singled one out into the seventh to break up the no-hitter, and Mike Sweeney doubled with two outs to score Beltre.
Nine outs for another win, and Bedard is on the mound, with 78 pitches thrown.
Mariners 1, Athletics 0
Bedard for the win...
Bottom nine, last chance for Oakland.
Mariners have made defensive changes: Cedeno from shortstop to left field, Chaverz from left to right field and Yuniesky Betancourt the shortstop.
Bedard's first pitch of the ninth was his 99th, and in the bulllpen, David Aardsma is warming.
Ryan Sweeney singled. Orlando Cabrera sacrificed Sweeney to second base, which brought Don Wakamatsu out - and Aardsma in. Bedard cannot pitch much better.
Aardsma vs. Jason Giambi? Strike out.
Aardsma vs. Matt Holiday? Four-pitch walk.
Aardsma vs. Jack Cust? Line out to left.
Mariners win, 1-0.