Ken Griffey Jr. got off to a great second start with the Seattle Mariners, hitting an opening-night home run to back Felix Hernandez in a 6-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday.
Hernandez pitched eight innings and Franklin Gutierrez had a two-run homer against Francisco Liriano (0-1) as the Mariners - with five new faces in their lineup - took the first step toward forgetting the futility of last year. Manager Don Wakamatsu, baseball's first Asian-American in that job, enjoyed a winning debut.
With Ichiro Suzuki's No. 51 jersey hanging in the dugout as a sign of togetherness, a trait sorely lacking during a 61-101 season in 2008, Seattle spoiled the final of 28 openers in the Metrodome's history. The Twins move to open-air Target Field next spring.
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