Along with the pitching news today - Sean White down, Luke French out, Brandon Morrow in - Ichiro Suzuki is one hit away from No. 2,000 in his career.
Nice as that is, the Japanese media on hand are waiting for six more hits, which would give Ichiro 200 for the season for the ninth consecutive season.
While Ichiro pursues those numbers, Mike Sweeney tries to continue to push his batting average up. It's at .277 now, .438 over his last 13 games.
Doug Fister is pitching close enough to his hometown of Merced, Calif. that a hundred or so folks showed up to watch him work.
It's Fister vs. Gio Gonzalez, and the Mariners can take three of four here with a win today - or split the series with a loss.
Didn't take long
Ichiro doubled on the second pitch of the game, hit No. 2,000 now taken care of, the ball tucked away in the Seattle clubhouse.
Franklin Gutierrez bunted Ichiro to third base, and Jose Lopez singled him home. Simple game, isn't it?
Sweeney walked. Beltre grounded into a double play.
In the first, Mariners 1, Athletics 0
One out into the fourth inning, Landon Powell got all of a Fister fastball and hit it into the seats beyond right field - his sixth home run of the season.
After four: Mariners 1, Athletics 1
A single, ground rule double and a walk put Fister in a bases-loaded, one out jam.
The Composure Kid got cleanup hitter Scott Hairston on a foul pop-up, then struck Powell out looking.
That's pitching. Will Fister get another inning? He's thrown 94 pitches and Shawn Kelley was warming up.
After five: Mariners 1, Athletics 1
Seattle grabs a lead
Gutierrez singled. Lopez singled. With Sweeney at the plate, Gutierrez stole third base. Sweeney grounded into a fielders choice, Gutierrez forced to hold at third.
Beltre singled home a run, his 33rd RBI. Bill Hall flied out. Johjima grounded out.
Fister is out of the game, the pitcher of record. Kelley is in to pitch.
In the sixth: Mariners 2, Athletics 1
That's a disaster
After a 1-2-3 sixth inning, Kelley allowed back-to-back singles and hit Rajai Davis to load the bases with no one out in the seventh.
Kelley struck out Sweeney. Hairston homered, his seventh of the season with Oakland - his 17th of the season - and his first career grand slam.
After seven: Athletics 5, Mariners 2
In the ninth
It's not often this season the bullpen has failed to hold a lead late, but this game is one of those few.
Beltre flied out. Hall struck out. Johjima singled and pinch runner Josh Wilson took second base on defensive indifference. Carp, pinch-hitting for Jack Wilson, struck out.
It's a final: Athletics 5, Mariners 2