After almost becoming the starting second baseman for Venezuela in the final match of the World Baseball Classic, Jose Lopez has now returned to Seattle, as the Venezuelans lost in the semi-finals to Korea 10-2 last Saturday.
And now that many Seattle Mariners are back from their respected teams, the Mariners can show that with their added players, they can improve on their .500 record, the mark currently sit at after a 5-1 win today against the San Francisco Giants.
It was an interesting game for the Mariners as former ace, Randy Johnson gave up two runs in three innings.
Johnson was followed up by the reigning Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum, who allowed three runs in six innings, including two doubles by Mariner second baseman Jose Lopez.
Lopez hit those two doubles and scored two runs while keeping the same mindset he had for Venezuela when he hit .417 with two home runs in only 24 at-bats.
The Mariners also played Endy Chavez, who played with Lopez for Team Venezuela, as Chavez went 0-3 against the Giants.
Felix Hernandez, Carlos Silva, and Cesar Jimenez are the final three members of Venezuela's roster that play for the Mariners, although only Hernandez and Silva are predicted to make an impact for the Mariners this season.
After today's game between Korea and Japan, the Mariners should be calling back catcher Kenji Johjima and prized right fielder Ichiro Suzuki.