Added to the roster less than a week ago, Sele will make his first start since 2001 for Seattle when he takes the mound in the opener of a weekend series with the Texas Rangers.
Sele, who went 32-15 with Seattle from 2000-01, spent the last three seasons with Anaheim, going 24-24. He was 9-4 with a 5.05 ERA for the Angels last season, but was in and out of the rotation, either due to injury or ineffectiveness.
After parting ways with the Angels, Sele failed to sign with a major league club, but got an invite to Mariners training camp. He made the most of it, surrendering just three runs in his first five outings, including 15 consecutive scoreless innings during one stretch.
Though he was pounded for eight runs against Oakland in his final spring start on March 29, Sele earned one of the five coveted spots in Seattle’s rotation.
“The first start always feels different,” said Sele, who went 15-5 in 2001 as Seattle established an AL record with 116 victories. “It’s fun to get that adrenaline rush again.”
Sele will be facing another of his former teams. He went 37-20 with Texas from 1998-99, helping the Rangers win back-to-back AL West titles. Sele won a career-high 19 games for the Rangers in ’98.
The Mariners opened the season with a 5-1 victory over Minnesota, but dropped the next two, including Wednesday’s 4-1 loss.
Bret Boone celebrated his 36th birthday with a solo homer in the second inning, but Seattle was held scoreless the rest of the way despite getting 10 hits.
The Rangers played three one-run games with the Angels to open the season, losing two of them, including Thursday’s 7-6 defeat. After Texas rallied for a run in the top of the ninth, Steve Finley singled home the winning run for Los Angeles.