Hisashi Iwakuma lost for the first time since April 23 as the Seattle Mariners dropped a 10-2 decision to the Oakland Athletics.
Felix Hernandez finally presented former Mariners catcher John Jaso with the perfect gift: a shiny Rolex for catching King Felix’s perfecto last August against the Rays. A clubhouse employee delivered the gold watch from Seattle’s side to the Oakland clubhouse for Jaso about 90 minutes before first pitch of the Mariners’ season-opening win.
Look for Jesus Montero to take a step forward this year, possibly to the All-Star level that many saw in him as he came up through the minors.
Greg Johns of MLB.com reports the Mariners signed free agent catcher Kelly Shoppach to a major league deal.
Slugger Michael Morse comes to Seattle, John Jaso goes to Oakland.
Mike Carp, John Jaso, Dan Wilson, Dave Sims and the Mariner Moose are taking part in the first portion of the three-week trek across the Pacific Northwest.
The Mariners had gone 23 consecutive innings without scoring in the series against the Rangers before John Jaso stepped up to the plate in the eighth inning.