M’s Makes Moves, Edges Angels 3-2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Nelson Cruz hit his major league-leading 14th home run and Felix Hernandez won his fifth straight decision to start the season, leading the Seattle Mariners over the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 Monday night.
Cruz celebrated his first AL Player of the Month Award with a leadoff shot against Matt Shoemaker that snapped a scoreless tie in the seventh.
Hernandez (5-0) allowed a run and six hits in seven innings while striking out eight and lowering his ERA to 1.73. The 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner became the first Seattle starter to win his first five decisions since 2001. That year, Aaron Sele started 8-0, Freddy Garcia 6-0 and Jamie Moyer 5-0.
Logan Morrison and Seth Smith also homered off Shoemaker (2-2), who was 3-0 with a 2.63 ERA in his four previous starts against the Mariners. The right-hander yielded four hits through 7 1-3 innings with 10 strikeouts.
Jackson put on DL by M's, Beimel back up with big club
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Seattle Mariners placed center fielder and leadoff hitter Austin Jackson on the 15-day disabled list because of a sprained right ankle.
The Mariners also designated left-hander Mike Kickham for assignment, recalled infielder Chris Taylor from Triple-A Tacoma and selected the contract of lefty reliever Joe Beimel from Triple-A.
The moves were made before Monday night's series opener against the Los Angeles Angels.
Jackson was injured in Sunday's loss at Houston when he stepped on pitcher Roberto Hernandez's foot at first base while running out a ground ball. He is batting .242 with two homers and four RBIs in 25 games.