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Monday, April 6, 2009

Mariners win Opening Day on the road

Seattle Mariners fans, rejoice!

The 2009 season got off to a great start earlier tonight with the Mariners' six to one trouncing of the Minnesota Twins at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.

The game not only marked the eighteenth Opening Day victory in Mariners history, but it was Don Wakamatsu's first as a major league manager.

Returning hero Ken Griffey Jr. homered in the middle of the game to give Seattle a 2-0 lead, and Franklin Gutierrez later widened it when he blasted a two run homer out of the park. The dual home runs and great hitting indicate that Seattle's retooled offense could be very potent this year - even without Ichiro.

Felix Hernandez, meanwhile, pitched a solid game, going eight innings and throwing ninety seven pitches. Except for a couple of jams, he was masterful throughout, allowing only one run. Notably, the Mariners were able to convert their hits into runs - something they've had a lot of trouble doing in recent years.

Thanks, M's, for brightening the Seattle sports scene with a superb 2009 start.


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