Ichiro robs a home run and continues to rob Father Time

Ichiro robs a home run and continues to rob Father Time

A few hours before the Thursday night opener, they learned catcher Mike Zunino would sit out with a slight oblique strain.

Yes, the Mariners' speedy center fielder and leadoff man who weighs about half of what Cruz does with his uniform on and weights in his shoes provided some unexpected pop while Haniger continued his torrid start to the season in the Mariners' 5-4 win over the Indians on Sunday afternoon at Safeco Field.

Seattle took two of three in the season-opening series, the first time since last August the Indians lost a regular-season series. Cruz had an MRI on Sunday morning.

Mariners: RHP Erasmo Ramirez threw about 25 pitches in a simulated game on Friday as he continues to recover from a strained lat muscle. "Those things will get better as we go along". A day after 44-year old Ichiro Suzuki made a web-gem catch over the left-field wall, newly acquired lead-off hitter Dee Gordon showed off his athleticism in center before putting the Mariners ahead with a seventh-inning home run. Using a fastball that was hitting 100 miles per hour, the right-hander struck out the side, including close friend Francisco Lindor to notch his second save of the season.

While Mariners manager Scott Servais said that Zunino was available in a catch-only capacity if an emergency situation cropped up that night - and it almost did with Mike Marjama getting hit on the glove hand with a bat on a catcher's interference - Zunino spent the game in the training room and clubhouse.

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Nobody has been hotter to start the season at the plate than right fielder Mitch Haniger.

No matter how much attention his hits get in the moment, it's clear Haniger is swinging the bat well, something Servais said just started to fall into place late in spring training.

You also might want a little early momentum.

"I'd put their lineup toward the top", said Leake, who scattered five hits and struck out four. Getting two out of three right here was big, especially against a team that's going to compete all year.

So far, so good.

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