Jim Leyland has won 1,331 major league games, Don Wakamatsu 8. Not one to rest on numbers, Leyland sought out the Mariners rookie manager before this series began just to wish him the best and congratulate him on joining the fraternity.
It touched Wakamatsu.
"One of the ways I judge managers is by what their players and former players say about them," Wakamatsu said. "Jim is one of those manager whose players respect and love him. Over all the years he's been in the game, that's say a lot."
It's the Tigers vs. the Mariners, Leyland vs. Wakamatsu at Safeco Field.
And off we go.
Just another 'A.B.' at third
Adrian Beltre has won consecutive Gold Gloves at third base, and showed why in the second inning.
Marcus Thames grounded sharply down the line and Beltre smothered the ball with a dive, got to his feet and threw off-balance - a strike to first baseman Mike Sweeney.
Great play, yes, but more than that.
If the ball gets by, it's a double. And the next Tiger hitter, Gerald Laird, singled.
That's one potential Detroit run erased by defense, and Erik Bedard and Edwin Jackson remain wrapped up in their shuouts.
Not many hits or bunts, lots of zeroes
Detroit has four hits, Seattle two into the fifth inning - and the Mariners have yet to drop a bunt.
No sacrifices yet, because they've not been in position to bunt.
ndy Chavez doubled in the first inning, Ken Griffey Jr. singled - on a 97 mph fastball - in the fourth.
Bedard just got Magglio Ordonez on a ground ball with a runner at second.
To the botom of the fifth: no score.
Out at home
It wasn't much of a rally, but it's as close as anyone has come to scoring tonight.
With one out, Jose Lopez struck out but reach first base on Laird's passed ball. On a hit-and-run single by Rob Johnson, Lopez took third.
Yuniesky Betancourt then flied to medium center field, Lopez lit out for home and Curtis Granderson's throw was perfect - out at the plate.
After five: no score.
Safe at home
The game changed on the weakest hit the Tigers have managed, a two-out, two-on bloop to right field that chased home the first run against Bedard.
As bad, when Ichiro Suzuki fielded it and threw home, he over shot catcher Johnson and Bedard, who was backing up, and sailed the all into a camera well.
Two runs scored, Ichiro got the error.
To the bottom of the sixth: Tigers 2, Mariners 0.
Bottom of the ninth, Fernando Rodney pitchintg, a crowd of 31,966 on its feet.
Endy Chavez walks to bring up Griffey, who popped out.
Adrian Beltre - the hero 24 hours earlier - flied to the warning track in left field.
That sent the game to Mike Sweeney, who grounded to third.
The final: Tigers 2, Mariners 0