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In the wake of preseason hoopla and lofty expectations, the Mariners looked dominant in their opening act on Monday. Behind seven strong innings from Felix Hernandez, the Mariners rolled to their ninth consecutive Opening Day win in front of a sellout crowd at Safeco Field, knocking off the Angels 4-1.

After reigning AL MVP Mike Trout skied a home run to center field in the first inning, Felix Hernandez and the Mariners roared back, shutting down the Angels while pouring in four runs of their own. Newly-acquired outfielder Seth Smith set the offensive tempo for Seattle, going 3-3 — including a pair of doubles and a triple — while driving in two runs.

Felix Hernandez also remained undefeated in openers, picking up his sixth Opening Day win in eight such starts.