04/16/11 2:05 AM ET
Ichiro sets multihit record at Kauffman Stadium
By Robert Falkoff / Special to MLB.com
With his two-hit game against the Royals in the Mariners' 6-5 loss, Suzuki now has 10 consecutive multihit games at Kauffman Stadium, passing George Brett's mark of nine set in 1979.
Suzuki has recorded a hit in 16 consecutive games at Kauffman Stadium, and has at least one hit in 39 of 50 games in Kansas City.
Suzuki said through his translator that there's nothing special about hitting at Kauffman.
"It's a standard ballpark, just like the other stadiums," Suzuki said. "I don't feel any kind of advantage."
Celebrating Robinson a big deal to Mariners
KANSAS CITY -- As they prepared to put on their No. 42 jerseys on Friday in honor of Jackie Robinson Day, the Mariners were quick to offer their salutes and talk about what the man who broke Major League Baseball's color barrier means to them.
"The more you talk about what he did, it just helps the country in general," third baseman Chone Figgins said.
The Robinson ceremony in Kansas City included Royals Hall of Famer Frank White receiving the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum's Jackie Robinson Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement. Jackie Robinson Scholar alumnus Montoya Lewis was also honored in the pregame ceremony.
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No Seattle player has worn No. 42 since 1999, when Butch Huskey appeared in 74 games. In recognition of Jackie Robinson Day, one No. 42 jersey from every club will be team-signed and auctioned off on MLB.com, with proceeds going to to the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
Manager Eric Wedge continues to be impressed by the awareness which grows annually each April 15, as Major League Baseball embraces Jackie Robinson Day.
"It's a big deal," Wedge said. "I think Baseball has really done a good job of celebrating Jackie Robinson -- the man, the player. But also what he has meant to this game and to American culture. Everything that he went through and was about -- what he had to do to ultimately open the doors for so many others -- it should be celebrated."
Mariners closer David Aardsma, currently on the disabled list but traveling with the club, marvels at Robinson's legacy and what it means not only to baseball, but to society overall.
"When everybody said Jackie Robinson can't and won't, he did it for everybody," Aardsma said.
Smoak out of lineup for first time this season
KANSAS CITY -- Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak, who's off to a solid start at the plate in the opening 13 games of the season, was able to sit back and reflect on Friday.
Smoak wasn't in the starting lineup, as Adam Kennedy got the call at first base.
"[Smoak] has played every game up to this point," manager Eric Wedge said. "We're in the middle of a 17-day [consecutive-game] stretch, so we need to give him a day."
Wedge said he spoke with Smoak and laid out the big picture.
"It's a long year," Wedge said. "You can't just beat them into the ground. You've got to give them periodic days off."
Through Thursday, Smoak was hitting .273 with five doubles, one homer, five RBIs and eight walks.
Jack Wilson was also out of the lineup on Friday, as Wedge opted to get another left-handed bat, switch-hitter Luis Rodriguez, in the order against Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar.
Aardsma's simulated game pushed back
KANSAS CITY -- David Aardsma was scheduled to throw in a simulated game Friday, but Mother Nature wouldn't cooperate. Aardsma's test has been pushed back to Saturday.
"Because of the weather," Aardsma said.
The cool temperature convinced Mariners officials to delay Aardsma's simulated appearance, as the closer battles back from hip surgery he had in early January. Aardsma missed all of Spring Training, but he has been throwing in the bullpen and threw a simulated inning earlier this week.
"[Saturday] morning, we'll try it again," manager Eric Wedge said. "Hopefully, we'll have better weather."
Aardsma played catch on Friday in advance of his simulated game.
Gutierrez scratched from rehab appearance
KANSAS CITY -- Outfielder Franklin Gutierrez, who was scheduled to make a rehab appearance Friday at Class A High Desert, was scratched from the lineup.
Gutierrez has been recovering from stomach problems, but manager Eric Wedge said the situation will be reevaluated.
"We had hopes of him going out and playing, but he just was not feeling well at all today," Wedge said.
Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.