If the Mariners want to be more than a .500 team, they need to do a better job in the outfield.
Monday saw a new opponent, the Rangers, and a new problem, but a problem nonetheless. Right fielder Ichiro Suzuki had a routine ball hit by former Mariner Yorvit Torrealba deflect off his glove and chest in the second inning.
The Rangers subsequently picked up two unearned runs on a triple by Texas' ninth hitter, Julio Borbon, in a game the Rangers won 6-4.
Manager Eric Wedge said Ichiro "got caught in between" on the play. It would have been the third out. Instead, the Mariners' deficit went from 1-0 to 3-0, and Seattle never caught up.
Wedge also said the defense has to get better. The Mariners are 2-0 in games when they've played good defense and 0-2 when they have played sub-par defense.
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