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Worth noting

• The Mariners opened on the road for the sixth straight season, the longest stretch of road debuts in franchise history. But that trend is fairly recent as the club has opened at home in 25 of its 38 seasons, including 13 of 14 years in a stretch from 1995-2008.

• Lloyd McClendon became the 19th manager in Mariners history with Monday's debut. Previous Seattle managers were 11-7 in their first game as skippers of the club. McClendon was 2-3 on Opening Day games in his time with the Pirates from 2001-05.

• McClendon said designated hitter Corey Hart came through Sunday's workout in good order, which means the plan remains in place to start him against left-handed pitchers in Games 2 and 3 of the Angels series.

• With Fernando Rodney brought in to be the Mariners closer this season, McClendon said seventh- and eighth-inning setup duties will mostly go to right-hander Tom Wilhelmsen and Charlie Furbush. That leaves right-handers Yoervis Medina and Danny Farquhar and left-hander Joe Beimel to handle earlier innings, with Hector Noesi as the long man.

Greg Johns is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog.
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