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Mariners lose game to Oakland, Johjima to injury

OAKLAND, Calif. - The Seattle Mariners lost the opener of a six-game California road trip 6-1 yesterday at Oakland and probably lost No. 1 catcher Kenji Johjima for at least two weeks with a broken toe.

Johjima hurt his left big toe in the collision with a sliding Adam Kennedy at the plate in the first inning. Postgame X-rays revealed the extent of the injury.

Johjima stayed in the game after the collision and homered in the second inning, but was replaced by Rob Johnson in the third. Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said Johjima probably will be out "at least a couple weeks." The Mariners haven't decided how to replace Johjima on their roster.

In yesterday's game, Ichiro Suzuki went 4-for-4 with three infield hits to extend his hitting streak to 19 games, but the Mariners lost for the second time in seven games against the A's this season.

Suzuki beat out infield hits in the first, third and fifth innings, giving him a major league-leading 21 infield hits.

Right-hander Chris Jakubauskas (3-5) didn't get out of the fourth inning, giving up six hits, three walks and five runs in his shortest start of the month.

The Mariners will start left-hander Jarrod Washburn (3-3, 3.86) against Athletics left-hander Dallas Braden (3-5, 3.67) at 7:07 tonight.

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