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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Joe Saunders wore his old college cap, wrote "VT" on his cleats and scribbled "Virginia Tech" in the dirt on the mound.

Then the only Hokies' alumnus currently in the majors finished up his tribute by pitching six scoreless innings Friday night in the Los Angeles Angels' 8-4 victory over Seattle on Friday night.

"I was really nervous coming in -- just the sheer fact of knowing what the game meant to me, to all the Hokie Nation out there in Virginia, to my family, and to this team because we needed to win.

"There was a lot riding on it."

Most of all, there was his honoring the memory of the 32 victims shot to death on the Virginia Tech campus last Monday.

He said the game finished his tribute, but that the shooting "is always going to be in the back of my mind. Both my mother and father and my uncle went there. The family's got a lot of history there."

"So this was pretty special," added Saunders, drafted by the Angels out of the school in 2002.

During a moment of silence for them before the game, Saunders seemed near tears.

Commissioner Bud Selig had given him special permission to wear the school cap, and Saunders said, "I can't thank him enough for that."

Although he gave up seven hits, Saunders pitched out of trouble and got good defensive support -- including line drives to first base that set up double plays in the second and third innings.

"I think somebody upstairs was looking after me tonight, and everybody in Blacksburg was looking after me," he said. "My heart was out to them."

Saunders (2-0) walked two and struck out one as the Angels ended a six-game losing streak.

Seattle's Richie Sexson complimented Saunders on his outing.

"It's got to be tough for him, having gone to school there. He's got a heavy heart, I'm sure, but he did a good job and battled through it," Sexson said.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia also said Saunders did a good job in an emotional situation.

"This was a tough week for Joe, and understandably so," Scioscia said. "As traumatic as it is for all of us to see what happened, it hasn't affected all of our families. He was connected with that school, with that campus.

"He was shaken, but he wanted to pitch and he knew that his wearing the hat would be a symbol to show everyone his sentiments for that school. It was a great touch. Joe's a classy guy and he pitched great under the circumstances."

Vladimir Guerrero, back after missing two games with a bruised right wrist, hit a solo homer and went 3-for-5. He had left Monday's game in Boston with when a pitch by Josh Beckett struck him.

The Angels scored two runs in both the first and third innings against Miguel Batista (1-2), and Guerrero's fourth homer made it 5-0 in the fifth. Batista gave up six runs on 10 hits, including a solo homer by Mike Napoli in the sixth as the Mariners lost their fourth straight.

Seattle's Jose Guillen, who has said he would never forgive Scioscia for throwing him off the team after a blowup late in the 2004 season, went 2-for-4 in his second trip to Anaheim since then.

Notes

Scioscia said before the game that Guillen had "flip-flopped" in his attitude about him and the Angels, saying, "Everything was fine when he was traded. I spoke to Jose two times the day he was traded, and he said publicly that he was accountable for what happened. He took anger management, said how much he loved us, regretted the incident, took responsibility for the incident, and said he had moved on." ... Former Angels SS Gary DiSarcina was named manager of the Boston Red Sox's Class-A team in Lowell, Mass. ... Seattle LHP Eric O'Flaherty was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma for bullpen depth. ... The Angels recalled INF Kendry Morales from Triple-A Salt Lake to replace the injured Howie Kendrick on the roster.

 
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Players of the Game
Anaheim

V. Guerrero
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Anaheim

J. Saunders
IP 6.0
H 7
ER 0
BB 2
K 1
 

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Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, CF4010000 .313
    Willie Bloomquist, CF1000001 .000
Adrian Beltre, 3B4121101 .267
Jose Vidro, DH4120102 .286
Raul Ibanez, LF4021013 .255
    Jason Ellison, LF1000012 .500
Richie Sexson, 1B3000102 .205
    Ben Broussard, 1B0000000 .200
Jose Guillen, RF4020002 .211
Kenji Johjima, C4110014 .361
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4120000 .211
Jose Lopez, 2B4011000 .250
Totals37413333  
Batting
2B - Ichiro Suzuki (1, Saunders), Raul Ibanez (2, Carrasco), Jose Guillen (2, Saunders), Kenji Johjima (6, Carrasco), Yuniesky Betancourt (2, Saunders)
RBI - Adrian Beltre (11), Raul Ibanez (9), Jose Lopez (3)
CS - Adrian Beltre (2, 2nd base by Saunders/Napoli)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - J. Lopez-Betancourt-Broussard
E - Yuniesky Betancourt (4, Misplayed grounder)
Seattle Mariners
Miguel Batista (L,1-2) 61066122 8.83
Brandon Morrow 2422110 7.20
WP - Miguel Batista (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Miguel Batista 102-65, Brandon Morrow 38-24
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Miguel Batista 8-9, Brandon Morrow 1-3
Batters Faced - Miguel Batista 30, Brandon Morrow 10
Los Angeles Angels
Gary Matthews Jr., CF4000113 .217
Orlando Cabrera, SS4000101 .262
Vladimir Guerrero, RF5231002 .388
    Reggie Willits, RF0000000 .300
Garret Anderson, LF4321001 .242
    Tommy Murphy, LF1000001 .000
Casey Kotchman, 1B4231000 .273
    Kendry Morales, 1B0000000 .000
Shea Hillenbrand, DH4022011 .179
    Robb Quinlan, PR-DH0000000 .000
Maicer Izturis, 3B3012001 .286
Mike Napoli, C4121013 .212
Erick Aybar, 2B4010001 .167
Totals37814823  
Batting
2B - Vladimir Guerrero (3, Batista), Garret Anderson (5, Batista), Casey Kotchman (4, Morrow), Maicer Izturis (4, Batista), Mike Napoli (2, Batista)
HR - Vladimir Guerrero (4, Batista), Mike Napoli (1, Batista)
SF - Maicer Izturis (2)
RBI - Vladimir Guerrero (13), Garret Anderson (3), Casey Kotchman (5), Shea Hillenbrand 2 (3), Maicer Izturis 2 (9), Mike Napoli (2)
2-OUT RBI - Garret Anderson (1), Casey Kotchman (3), Shea Hillenbrand (1), Maicer Izturis (2)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Kotchman, Kotchman-Cabrera
E - Gary Matthews Jr. (3, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Angels
Joe Saunders (W,2-0) 6700210 1.96
Justin Speier 1000010 0.87
Hector Carrasco 1.1644100 5.06
Francisco Rodriguez (S,5) 0.2000010 2.70
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Saunders 92-50, Justin Speier 7-6, Hector Carrasco 31-19, Francisco Rodriguez 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Saunders 5-9, Justin Speier 1-1, Hector Carrasco 1-3, Francisco Rodriguez 1-0
Batters Faced - Joe Saunders 24, Justin Speier 3, Hector Carrasco 11, Francisco Rodriguez 2
Game Information
Attendance - 43359
Game Time - 2:30
Temperature - 54
Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Derryl Cousins, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Doug Eddings