Snell returns home after death in family
Mariners right-hander scheduled to make Saturday start
SEATTLE -- Mariners right-hander Ian Snell returned to his offseason home in Florida on Monday morning after the death of a relative.
He is expected to rejoin the team on Wednesday and make his scheduled start on Saturday night against the Tigers at Safeco Field.
Manager Don Wakamatsu said Snell had some family issues going on when the team was in Arlington and it might have affected his performance on Sunday.
Snell was rocked for four runs in the second inning, five runs in all, and absorbed the loss in the Mariners' 9-2 setback.
The velocity on his fastball was noticeably down from his previous start.
"I do think it did have an effect on him," Wakamatsu said. "We knew [about the personal matters]. There were two different incidents. There was one thing that happened a couple of days ago, and the one [death] that we didn't know about until after the game."
Bradley moved to sixth in Seattle order
SEATTLE -- In a move that might reduce some of the self-imposed pressure Milton Bradley has been experiencing, manager Don Wakamatsu dropped the struggling switch-hitter down a few notches in the lineup for Monday afternoon's regular-season home opener against the Athletics.
After 17 at-bats as the cleanup hitter and four in the fifth spot, Bradley batted sixth in his first home game with the Mariners.
He went 1-for-21 during the Mariners' season-opening road trip to Oakland and Texas and received rude "welcomes" from fans in both cities despite having played well for both American League West teams.
Bradley became so incensed in Texas that he made an obscene gesture during Friday night's game.
"We talked about it and he was remorseful in our conversation," Wakamatsu said. "There are going to be people looking for him and I understand that. We talked about not fueling the fire and rely on teammates to help him out."
Wakamatsu thinks Bradley is trying too hard, putting pressure on himself to carry the team, which lost five of the seven games on the road trip.
"We talked a lot about him relying on us to alleviate some of that pressure he's putting himself," Wakamatsu said. "I think he is starting to trust people in this clubhouse and he'll be fine."
Moore has wild week behind plate
SEATTLE -- Rookie Mariners catcher Adam Moore has played a lot of baseball in his young life, but he had two "firsts" during the first week of the regular season.
He fielded a live ball with his mask in a game against the Athletics on Thursday afternoon in Oakland and had two interference calls made on him during the same at-bat in the second inning against the Rangers on Sunday afternoon.
The last time it happened twice to a catcher in the same game was April 23, 1986, to Mark Salas of the Minnesota Twins against the Mariners.
"That never happened to me before, never," Moore said on Monday. "I was watching video of it. I was trying the 'back-pick' play with [third baseman Jose Lopez] to at least keep the guy close to the bag, especially if he was going on contact, but when I reached my glove out to get the ball, that long swing [David Murphy] has through the zone, especially on pitches, he nicked me right on my mitt."
Several pitches later, same thing.
He was charged with an error on each occasion.
"I joked with him today, telling him the trivia question in the future is what catcher had two errors and never touched the baseball?" manager Don Wakamatsu said. "We laughed about it. He has a chance to be an awfully good player and you are going to go through those things. We knew going in that there were going to be some incidents and it's our job to try to keep his head level.
"Both of those were on running plays. He was trying to pick the guy off third and the other was on a stolen base [attempt]. In his defense, Murphy tends to swing backwards a little bit. [Moore] looked at video today to try and identify what happened and not let it happen again."
Mariners' Langerhans clears waivers
SEATTLE -- Outfielder Ryan Langerhans, who was designated for assignment on Thursday, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma. He will join the Rainiers on Wednesday.
Langerhans made one appearance this season, flying out in a pinch-hit role against the Athletics in Oakland. He was replaced by right-handed reliever Jesus Colome the following day as the Mariners needed a 12th pitcher more than an extra position player.
Langerhans, acquired from the Nationals for outfielder Mike Morse last season, contributed two walk-off home runs in 38 games for the Mariners in 2009.
Going into Monday's home opener, center fielder Franklin Gutierrez had at least one hit in each of the Mariners' seven games and was tied for the league lead with 12 hits. He shared the top spot with the Rangers' Vladimir Guerrero and Miguel Cabrera and Magglio Ordonez of the Tigers. ... First baseman Casey Kotchman went into the game with 191 consecutive errorless games. He handled all 52 chances this season without miscue. ... With 1,191 career extra-base hits, Ken Griffey Jr. needs one more to tie Rafael Palmeiro for sixth place on the all-time list. Junior has 630 home runs, 523 doubles and 38 triples.
Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.