Jarrod Washburn makes the 275th start of his major league career tonight, against the team – Tampa Bay – against whom he has been the most successful.
The Mariners, of course, have benefited from his hot April, and it certainly hasn't hurt Washburn's trade value. It couldn't, since all off-season and throughout spring training not one team inquired about him.
As for tonight, he's matched against the Rays and starter Andy Sonnanstine, a right-hander that five Mariners have never faced. Among those who have, Adrian Beltre has four hits – including two home runs – in nine at-bats. Ichiro is 4-for-9 and Jose Lopez 2-for-8.