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Mariners vs. Angels: It's Game No. 42!

Ken Griffey Jr. isn' playing with lefty Joe Saunders starting for the Angels, but that doesn't mean he hasn't been heard from today.

In the pre-game clubhouse, he broke up the team by coming up with a nickname for shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt.

"Star Wars."

Why?

By way of explaination, Junior jumped to his feet and began wielding his bat like a sword - or a light saber - and swinging it high, then low, but always wildly.

Before he was done, even Betancourt was laughing.

Junior's kept 'em loose. Now let's see how they play.

It's Erik Bedard vs. Saunders. We're off.

A big fly

Bedard started well. Fly ball out. Fly ball out. Long, long fly ball ...

Juan Rivera's two-out solo home run means the Mariners will need at least two runs to win tonight.

In the first: Angels 1, Mariners 0

The Streak lives

Ichiro's leadoff single extended his hitting streak to 15 games, though he was quickly erased when Adrian Beltre banged into a double play.

His longest streak? Ichiro hit in 25 consecutive games in 2007.

A big fly II

Leading off the third inning, Gary Matthews Jr. hit his first home run of the season, another solo shot.

For Bedard, who missed his last start with an inflamed hamstring, that's two home runs in the first run through the Angels lineup.

In the third: Angels 2, Mariners 0

Those running Mariners

Bedard has held the Angels to a pair of runs on two hits - both homers - into the fifth inning.

He's losing because the Mariners offense still isn't producing. In fact, the Mariners have one hit, and that was Ichiro's leadoff single.

From the dugout, manager Don Wakamatsu is trying to push his team toward the scoreboard by running every time he has the chance. So far, that means Ichiro has a stolen base and first baseman Branyan Russell swiped another afer a fourth inning walk.

No matter. Saunders is still dealing a shutout.

What was that?

Jose Lopez and Yuniesky Betancourt opened the fifth with singles, both hit to the opposite field, but Franklin Gutierrez - after missing on a bunt try - popped out.

Ichiro forced Betancourt at second base.



That brought up the slumping Beltre, batting .198. Ichiro took off for second base, was caught in a rundown, and the Angels eventually tagged Lopez out trying to score.

Oops.



After five: Angels 2, Mariners 0



A really big fly

Morrow went two perfect innings and gave way to Garrett Olson, who got the first two batters he faced.

The third - No. 9 hitter Howie Kendrick - homered into the second deck in left field.

The Angels have three hits now, all home runs. The Mariners have four hits, all singles.

In the eighth: Angels 3, Mariners 0

That's all, folks

Former Mariner Brian Fuentes on the mound, and the outs came quickly in the ninth.

Balentien, fly ball. Branyan singled. Kenji Johjima, pop fly. Lopez, ground ball.

Fuentes: save No. 11.

Final score: Angels 3, Mariners 0

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