Seattle (44-73) at Kansas City (42-74)

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  • Game info: 8:10 pm EDT Tue Aug 17, 2004
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Playing for a last-place team hasn’t slowed down Ichiro Suzuki.

Suzuki looks to continue his torrid hitting as the Seattle Mariners begin a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals.

Suzuki, leading the majors with a .362 batting average and 185 hits, has batted .400 or better in May, July and now August. The Japanese right fielder is hitting .471 in 31 games since the All-Star break.

Suzuki went 3-for-4, including his second leadoff home run of the season, as Seattle rallied to beat New York 7-3 on Sunday.

The 2001 AL MVP is on track to reach 200 hits for the fourth straight season. He has 848 hits, already the most for a player’s first four seasons, eight ahead of Paul Waner (1926-29).

“My goal is to get 200 hits every year,” Suzuki said through a translator. “Not just four years, but every year.”

Suzuki’s hitting is one of the few bright spots for the Mariners, who have lost three of four to fall 29 games under the .500 mark.

The Royals have won three of their last five games, including two against the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics over the weekend.

Joe Randa hit a three-run double off Barry Zito with two outs in the seventh inning to lead Kansas City over the A’s 6-1 on Sunday.

“We didn’t really generate anything all day off (Zito), and we got pretty lucky,” Randa said.

David DeJesus singled leading off the ninth to extend his hitting streak to 15 games, a Royals rookie record that matches the club’s longest this year.

Kansas City also won 10-3 Friday in a game that featured two grand slams off Oakland ace Mark Mulder, a 15-game winner who was the AL’s winning pitcher in the All-Star game.

It marked the first time in a month the Royals have won a road series.

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B. Madritsch KC vs. D. May Cin
6-3 Record 9-19
3.27 ERA 5.61
60 K 120
33 BB 55
1.22 WHIP 1.55