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Mariners finally come home, but without Ichiro

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SEATTLE - The first-place Seattle Mariners won't have eight-time All-Star Ichiro Suzuki back for their American League home opener today, but they'll have lots of momentum when they face the defending AL West champion Los Angeles Angels.

The high-flying Mariners will be going after their fifth straight victory in the 3:40 p.m. game at Safeco Field in the first game of a three-game series. Rookie manager Don Wakamatsu will start right-hander Carlos Silva (0-1, 10.80 ERA) against right-hander Shane Loux (0-0, 0.00). It will be the 29-year-old Loux's first career major league start. Silva gave up two home runs in a 6-5 loss at Minnesota last Wednesday night.

The Mariners have a lot of paying back to do against the Angels. The Angels won 15 of 19 games from the Mariners last season, including seven of 10 in Seattle. In 2007, the Mariners were 6-13 against the Angels.

The Mariners are expected to start the 35-year-old Suzuki back in right field for the first time tomorrow night against the Angels. That's when Suzuki comes off the disabled list because of a bleeding ulcer.

Without Suzuki, a .331 career hitter, the Mariners got off to a 5-2 start in their season-opening road trip to Minnesota and Oakland. They swept a three-game weekend series from the Athletics, including a 1-0 win by left-hander Erik Bedard Sunday, after splitting four games against the Twins.

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