Seager's two homers aren't enough

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--3B Kyle Seager hit a pair of homers Wednesday and drove in all of Seattle's runs in a 5-4 loss at Tampa Bay. The two homers and his resultant four RBI are both career single-game bests.

--1B Justin Smoak was dropped to seventh in the batting order Wednesday by manager Eric Wedge. He'd only batted cleanup in his first 21 games, but with a .190 batting average, three homers and nine RBI, Smoak needed a break, the manager figured. The move figures to be a temporary one until Smoak can get himself going, but he was 0-for-3 with a walk Wednesday.

--INF Munenori Kawasaki was asked if he'd volunteer to be the club's emergency catcher now that Seattle is down to just two catchers on the roster, and he agreed. Kawasaki worked before Wednesday's game with third base coach Jeff Datz, who handles the team's catchers.

--C Jesus Montero caught Wednesday, the first time this season he's caught back-to-back games. It's something he'll do more often with C Miguel Olivo on the disabled list. However, C John Jaso, who has only served as DH this year, is likely to catch Thursday's day-game finale against the Rays.

--RF Ichiro Suzuki had 10 putouts Wednesday, the most he's ever had in one game and a club record for a right fielder. He'd shared the old record of eight, something he'd done five times in a game. Ichiro also had two more hits, and he moved past Jeff Kent into 101st place on the all-time hits list with 2,462.

--SS Brendan Ryan struck out all three times he came to the plate. That stretched his hitting skid to 0-for-26, of which a dozen have been strikeouts. Along the way, his average has fallen to .125.

--CF Franklin Gutierrez started running again Wednesday in Arizona, the first time he's done that since being diagnosed with plantar fasciitis last week. The hope is that he'll be able to do progressively more each day. He opened the season on the disabled list due to a pectoral muscle tear, but his rehab was slowed by the foot issue.

53 00 Strikeouts for the Mariners during their five-game losing streak.

"I said we'd be better. And we haven't been." -- Manager Eric Wedge, after the Mariners lost their fifth game in a row.

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