The Mariners have won consecutive season openers for the first time since winning three in a row in 1995, ’96 and ’97.
Erik Bedard struck out the first batter on three consecutive strikes to start his Mariners. debut and finished with five
strikeouts on the night while only allowing three hits.
The Mariners recorded more walks (7) than hits (6) in today’s game; the Mariners only had more walks than today’s total in two games last season.
The Mariners’ come-from-behind win today was the first of the season. In 2007, the Mariners were tied for the AL lead, and tied a team record with 45 comeback wins.
The sold out crowd of 46,334 fans was the ninth largest in Mariners history. The Mariners have sold out every home opener since 1996 (13 consecutive).
Jose Vidro went 0-for-3 with a walk in today’s season opener, snapping his eight-game hitting streak on opening day. He had collected a hit every opening day since 2000 and was tied for the second longest current streak on Opening Day.
Jose Lopez and Adrian Beltre combined to go 4-for-8 with a run and three RBI.
March 31 ties the earliest the Mariners have started their season, matching the 1996 and ’98 seasons.
Kenji Johjima’s two walks mark the first time in his career he has been walked twice during a game.
The Mariners are now 3-5 in home openers when the roof is closed.
The Rangers have now lost five consecutive season openers, their last win coming on March 30, 2003 at Anaheim.
Michael Young was 1-for-17 against Erik Bedard before hitting a home run in the top of the first inning. The home run was the only extra-base-hit for the Rangers who finished with seven hits.
Kevin Millwood allowed only two unearned runs in his six innings of work in his third consecutive Opening Day assignment for Texas and the loss dropped him to 1-4 in his previous five Opening Day assignments despite a 3.86 ERA (12 ER, 28.0 IP).
Ben Broussard made his first trip back to Safeco as a Ranger and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
Franklyn German’s relief appearance in the seventh inning was his first since May 9, 2006 against Atlanta.
Texas’ Kazuo Fukumori made his Major League debut in the seventh inning, retiring the first batter he faced before allowing the next four Mariners to reach base.
Texas Rangers vs. Seattle Mariners – Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at 7:10 p.m. (FSN HD)
PITCHING MATCHUP: RH Vicente Padilla (6-10, 5.76 in ’07) vs. RH Felix Hernandez (14-7, 3.92 in ’07).