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Ichiro robbed Jose Ramirez of a solo home run by stretching over the left field fence for the first out of the third inning in Seattle's games against the Indians on Saturday. He drilled 40 home runs in 2014, 44 in 2015, 43 in 2016 and 39 previous year and is 2-for-6 with two home runs and four RBI in 2018.

Seattle took two of three in the season-opening series, the first time since last August the Indians lost a regular-season series.

Mariners: RHP Erasmo Ramirez threw about 25 pitches in a simulated game on Friday as he continues to recover from a strained lat muscle. 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.

Ichiro tracked the high fly to the fence and timed his jump perfectly to get his glove around the ball just as it was leaving the field of play. Seattle are 2-6 in their last 8 home games and Seattle are 5-11 in their last 16 overall and Seattle are 5-11 in their last 16 games on grass.

"Heck of a series by our guys", manager Scott Servais said after the Mariners' 5-4 victory in the Sunday afternoon rubber game. Not only did he go 3 for 3 on opening night against reigning AL Cy Young victor Corey Kluber, he homered in each of the weekend games and looks like he has his sights set on a true breakout season in 2018. Suzuki also had his first two hits for Seattle since July 21, 2012, before he was traded to the New York Yankees.

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With Nelson Cruz out of the lineup Sunday and likely the two games in San Francisco, who will the Mariners turn to for the power now missing?

"Our team, we know what we've got and we think we're good", Haniger said.

"Mitch is swinging the bat outstanding". At the very least he's come into 2018 looking as unhittable as ever.

Diaz recorded saves in each of Seattle's two wins, has recorded strikeouts for all six outs, and has yet to allow a hit. His filthy slider bailed him out, however, and he put together about as flawless of an inning as possible on Sunday to make sure that victory was as drama-free as they come.

"Hopefully, we're competing all year with them".

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