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Mariners pregame: M’s welcome back Ichiro Suzuki in series opener against the Miami Marlins

April 18, 2017

The Mariners take on the Miami Marlins on Monday to start a three-game interleague series, the final series of a nine-game homestand.

Former Mariner Ichiro Suzuki is making his first visit to Safeco Field since June 2014 when Seattle hosted the New York Yankees. Ichiro has appeared in 10 games as a visitor in Seattle since being traded from the Mariners in 2012, but he has never played in a Marlins uniform at Safeco Field.

After 12 seasons with the Mariners (2001-12), he ranks among Seattle’s all-time top-10 leaders in games, at-bats, runs, hits, doubles, triples, RBI, total bases, extra-base hits, walks, batting average and stolen bases. He holds the top spot in at-bats, hits, triples, batting average and steals.

Ichiro will face Seattle starter Ariel Miranda, who is in his second year with the Mariners. Miranda has recorded one loss this season in Seattle’s loss to Houston on April 11.

The M’s are coming off their first season sweep of the Texas Rangers, which ended on an 8-7 win on Sunday.

The Marlins are also on a three-game winning streak. They come to Seattle after winning three games out of a four-game series against the New York Mets. Miami’s only loss against the Mets was the first of the series in which the Marlins fell by one in the 14th inning.

In other Mariners news: Mariners lefty James Paxton has been named the American League Player of the Week for April 10-16.

Last week, Paxton led MLB pitchers in ERA (0.00) and innings (15.0). He is currently 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 21 innings. He has also recorded 22 strikouts in his three starts this season.

On Saturday, Paxton became the 10th player in major league history since 1900 to begin a season with three-stright starts of at least six scoreless innings.

Lineups and starter matchup

Game 11: Seattle Mariners (5-8) vs. Miami Marlins (7-5), 7:10 p.m., Safeco Field

Starters: LHP Ariel Miranda (0-1, 5.06 ERA) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (0-0, 3.27 ERA)

Mariners Notes

The Mariners have stolen 12 bases so far this season, tied with Arizona and the Yankees for the second-most in the majors. The M’s trail only the Concinnati Reds, who have tallied 13 stolen bases…The Mariners rank second in the American League in doubles (23). Seattle trails trailing only Boston, which has 28…Seattle is one of four A.L. teams with four players who have hit at least three doubles each – Taylor Motter (4), Robinson Cano (3), Mitch Haniger (3) and Kyle Seager (3)…Haniger extended his hitting streak to 10 consecutive games in Sunday’s 8-7 win over the Texas Rangers…Motter is 7-for-18 (.389) with four doubles, two home runs and five RBIs in his last five games.

This Day in Mariners History

With a 7-4 win at Oakland, Seattle completes a perfect 10-0 road trip, a Mariners’ club record. The 10-game winning streak is the second-longest win streak overall in team history.