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Worth noting

• Nick Franklin went 5-for-8 with a home run and two RBIs as Triple-A Tacoma split a season-opening doubleheader Friday against Albuquerque at Cheney Stadium. Franklin played second base in one game and shortstop in the other.

Blake Beavan gave up one run and four hits with two walks and six strikeouts in seven innings as the Rainiers won the opening game, 11-1. Nick Hill went 1 2/3 innings and took the loss as five pitchers split duties in a 6-3 loss in the nightcap, with Brandon Maurer throwing a scoreless fourth.

• Mariners pitchers set a club record by allowing three runs or fewer in each of the first four games to start the season. The previous record was three, done in 1993, '95 and 2000. Only three MLB teams have opened the year with five games of three or fewer runs since '04.

• Tuesday's home opener against the Angels is now "virtually" sold out, according to the club, with just scattered single tickets remaining for the 7:10 p.m. PT game. Any tickets that are returned to the box office will be added immediately to the inventory. Fans can check for any late availability.

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