"It's definitely odd, but with the new Interleague schedule and all that, I guess teams have to do that," first baseman Eric Hosmer said. "We see these guys in Spring Training a lot, so it's not completely new."
This is the latest that Seattle has met an American League opponent for the first time, discounting the strike-interrupted 1981 season. Previously, the latest they'd faced an AL team was Aug. 17, 2004, when they also faced the Mariners.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. Kathleen Gier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.