M's Lose to Tigers, Ichiro listed as day-to-day
SEATTLE, Wash - Marcus Thames hit a two-out, three-run homer today to lead the Detroit Tigers to an 11-to-7 win over the Seattle Mariners.
Seattle got a major scare in the fifth inning when All-Star center fielder Ichiro Suzuki was hit near his right thigh by a 96-mile-per-hour fastball from Detroit's starting pitcher, Justin Verlander. Suzuki hobbled to first base and remained in the game, but he was taken out moments later after slowly advancing to second base on a wild pitch. The Mariners say Suzuki has a bruise in the muscle just above his right knee.
Today's game marked the eighth anniversary of the opening of Safeco Field in Seattle.
The Mariners remain at home tomorrow, beginning a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles. The starting pitcher for Seattle will be Horacio Ramirez, who is returning from the disabled list. The starter for Baltimore will be Brian Burres.
In other Mariner news:
The Seattle Mariners designated left-hander Jake Woods for assignment after Sunday's game against Detroit, meaning the team has 10 days to send Woods to the minors, trade him or release him.
The Mariners had called up Woods on Saturday from Triple-A Tacoma, and optioned Ryan Feierabend, also a lefty, to the Rainiers. Woods gave up one hit - a homer to Magglio Ordonez - in two innings Sunday against Detroit. For the season, Woods was 0-0 with a 5.91 ERA in four appearances.
Last year, Woods was a spot starter in the Mariners' rotation, making eight starts. For the season, he was 7-4 with a 4.20 ERA and was thought to be in the competition for Seattle's No. 5 spot in the rotation during spring training.