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Ichiro's hit streak ends; Hargrove wins 1,000th in M's victory

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- If the first 999 had been this harrowing, Mike Hargrove might never have made it to 1,000.

"I'd be dead," said the Seattle manager.

With two out and runners at first and second, a shaky Eddie Guardado struck out Angel Berroa on a 3-2 pitch Wednesday, preserving a 2-1 victory over Kansas City and giving Hargrove his 1,000th win as a major-league manager.

Aaron Sele allowed three hits in 6 1/3 innings and outdueled Kansas City's Zack Greinke, who pitched six scoreless innings. Meanwhile, Ichiro Suzuki was 0-for-4 and failed to hit safely for the first time in 20 games, ending a streak that began Sept. 20 against Oakland.

"You realize the great managers that are on that list, and to be among them is a unique honor," Hargrove said. "It says a lot about the players you've had play for you over the years. I think it's about the fact that I've done this a long time."

Hargrove, who won five division titles and two AL championships with Cleveland, was splashed with champagne as he came into the clubhouse. The milestone win made him 1,000-968 in 14 seasons and the 51st major-league manager to reach the milestone.

"I'm about 50 pounds heavier than I was when I started," he said with a smile.

"There are some things that I've learned in handling players. There are things that I believed to be true about the game when I first started managing that I've found to still be true. I tried then and I try now to make it all about the players. They're the ones who are doing it. Someone's got to drive the bus."

Suzuki, who set the major-league season record last year with 262 hits, reached in his first at-bat on a throwing error by third baseman Tony Graffanino, but ended up 0-for-4.

Suzuki's .240 career average in Kansas City is his lowest in any major-league park. He said through an interpreter that he doesn't know why Kauffman Stadium seems to present him problems.

"But there has to be a stadium where you have the least amount of hits and you have a stadium where you have the most hits," he said through a translator. "I think that's what it is. If you could hit the same in every park, that would be weird."

Sele (1-0) allowed one run, struck out three and walked two. Guardado, who had given up two ninth-inning home runs and blown a save in his previous appearance, allowed a hit and a walk before striking out Berroa.

Ruben Gotay led off the ninth with a single, but was erased on Mike Sweeney's forceout. Pinch-hitter Eli Marrero struck out, pinch-hitter Emil Brown walked and Guardado fanned Berroa for his second save.

Greinke, who'd been hit on the arm and knocked out of the game in the third inning of his previous start, was on a strict limit of 85-90 pitches. He gave up four hits in six shutout innings, but Seattle took a 2-0 lead in the seventh against Jaime Cerda (0-1). Bret Boone singled leading off and scored on Mike MacDougal's wild pitch, and Miguel Olivo's RBI single made it 2-0.

He said he had no problem with the pitch count.

"It made perfect sense to me. I felt good, but the pitch count made more sense than feeling good," he said. "It wasn't just pitching. It was also making sure your arm bounces back after every pitch."

Matt Stairs tripled leading off the seventh for Kansas City and scored on Calvin Pickering's sacrifice fly. Shigetoshi Hasegawa followed with 1 1/3 hitless innings.

Notes

  • Seattle bullpen coach Jim Slaton reported for work Wednesday despite feeling ill. Hargrove said he had a temperature of 102.
  • The Royals placed rookie 3B Mark Teahen on the 15-day DL Wednesday with a lower back strain. They purchased the contract of infielder Joe McEwing.
  • Greinke has not allowed an unearned run in his major-league career, spanning 153 1/3 innings.
  • Royals catcher John Buck picked Wilson Valdez off second in the second inning and threw out Valdez trying to steal second in the seventh.
 
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Ichiro Suzuki fails to hit safely for the first time in 20 games with an 0-for-4 performance.  (AP)
Ichiro Suzuki fails to hit safely for the first time in 20 games with an 0-for-4 performance. (AP)

Players of the Game
Seattle

B. Boone
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
Seattle

R. Winn
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4000003 .406
Jeremy Reed, CF2000101 .179
Adrian Beltre, 3B3000002 .281
Richie Sexson, 1B3000123 .233
Bret Boone, 2B4120002 .290
Raul Ibanez, DH4110001 .194
Randy Winn, LF3020000 .308
Miguel Olivo, C4011001 .200
Wilson Valdez, SS3010001 .286
Totals302712214 
Batting
2B - Randy Winn (2, Greinke)
SH - Jeremy Reed (2), Randy Winn (1)
RBI - Miguel Olivo (3)
CS - Wilson Valdez (1, 2nd base by MacDougal/Buck)
PK - Wilson Valdez (1, Greinke)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ichiro Suzuki 1
DP - Suzuki-Sexson
Seattle Mariners
Aaron Sele (W,1-0) 6.1311230 3.75
Shigetoshi Hasegawa (H,1) 1.1000000 1.42
Ron Villone (H,1) 0.1000000 0.00
Eddie Guardado (S,2) 1100120 2.25
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Sele 79-46, Shigetoshi Hasegawa 6-4, Ron Villone 6-4, Eddie Guardado 24-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Sele 6-9, Ron Villone 1-0, Eddie Guardado 1-0
Batters Faced - Aaron Sele 23, Shigetoshi Hasegawa 4, Ron Villone 1, Eddie Guardado 5
Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, CF4000011 .258
Ruben Gotay, 2B4010000 .318
Mike Sweeney, 1B4010011 .353
    Joe McEwing, PR0000000 .000
Matt Stairs, RF3110011 .300
   a- Eli Marrero, PH1000010 .000
Calvin Pickering, DH1001101 .200
   b- Emil Brown, PH-DH0000100 .294
Angel Berroa, SS4000013 .258
Terrence Long, LF3010000 .333
Tony Graffanino, 3B2000101 .318
John Buck, C3000002 .120
Totals291413510 
a-struck out for Stairs in the 9th
b-walked for Pickering in the 9th
Batting
3B - Matt Stairs (1, Sele)
SF - Calvin Pickering (1)
RBI - Calvin Pickering (3)
SB - Joe McEwing (1, 2nd base off Guardado/Olivo)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Berroa-Gotay-Sweeney
E - Tony Graffanino (2, wild throw)
Kansas City Royals
Zack Greinke 6400020 0.00
Jaime Cerda (L,0-1) 0.1222000 20.25
Mike MacDougal 1.1100200 3.60
Shawn Camp 0.1000000 5.40
Jeremy Affeldt 1000000 4.50
HBP - Beltre (by Zack Greinke)
WP - Mike MacDougal (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 86-54, Jaime Cerda 10-7, Mike MacDougal 24-11, Shawn Camp 6-3, Jeremy Affeldt 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 8-7, Jaime Cerda 1-0, Mike MacDougal 2-1, Jeremy Affeldt 1-2
Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 22, Jaime Cerda 3, Mike MacDougal 6, Shawn Camp 1, Jeremy Affeldt 3
Game Information
Attendance - 10577
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Rick Reed, Second Base - Terry Craft, Third Base - Ted Barrett