Seattle (45-74) at Detroit (56-64)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Detroit, MI
Temp: 52° F
  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Fri Aug 20, 2004
  • TV: FSNW, FSD
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Thursday’s rainout probably turned out to be the best thing for Ichiro Suzuki and the Seattle Mariners.

After being hit in the head by a pitch Wednesday, Suzuki could be in the lineup when the Mariners open a three-game series with the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.

Suzuki, who leads the majors with 189 hits and a .366 average, wasn’t scheduled to play against Kansas City on Thursday because of dizziness after being hit on the back right side of his head by a pitch from Royals rookie Jimmy Serrano on Wednesday.

It was first thought Suzuki sustained a mild concussion.

“The tests were OK, so I should be fine,” Suzuki said through a translator. “We’ll see how dizzy I am tomorrow.”

Suzuki is trying to become the first player in major league history to get at least 200 hits in his first four seasons.

The Mariners have split their last eight games.

The Tigers took two of three from the Chicago White Sox, including Thursday’s 8-4 victory.

Bobby Higginson homered twice, and Craig Monroe also went deep for Detroit, which has won five of its last eight games.

Higginson, who also homered twice Tuesday, finished 2-for-3 with four RBIs. The right fielder is 7-for-10 with four homers and 10 RBIs in his last three games.

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