Dustin Ackley's hot start to his Major League career continued on Tuesday, when he went 1-for-4 with two RBIs. He is batting .267 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBIs in his first four games, and on Tuesday he hit in the five-hole. Manager Eric Wedge thinks Ackley profiles as a top-three hitter in the lineup. "He's only been here for a few days, and he'll be up there at some point in time, but let's let him get a road trip under his belt and play a little bit here," Wedge said. Seattle pitchers are 2-for-13 at the plate this season after Doug Fister collected his first Major League hit and RBI on Tuesday. Nationals: Pudge hits 20-year mark
Twenty years ago Monday, Ivan Rodriguez made his Major League debut for the Rangers, going 1-for-4 as a 19-year-old. On Tuesday the catcher -- who is 161 hits away from 3,000 -- talked of his time in the big leagues. "It's good. It's always nice to be playing for this long. I still have a lot left in my career," Rodriguez said. "To be honest with you, time goes by very fast. It's hard to believe it's 20 years now. When you keep yourself in good shape, you are going to be in this sport for a long time." The Nationals are hitting .296 with 21 doubles, 19 homers and 63 runs in their last 11 home games. Worth noting
Ranking behind Bedard, New York's Mariano Rivera has the second-lowest ERA in Interleague action (1.89), Giants right-hander Matt Cain is third with a 2.76 mark and Seattle's Felix Hernandez is fourth, at 2.78. Washington's Ryan Zimmerman has hit safely in 10 straight games, dating back to before his stint on the disabled list. The Mariners have won four of their last five games.