SEATTLE (AP) -- Kelly Shoppach hit a ball off the top of Safeco Field's new fence. Michael Saunders ran right into the old one.
Shoppach had a home run and just missed another Wednesday night for the Seattle Mariners in an 8-3 loss to the Houston Astros that began with an injury to Saunders.
The right fielder sprained his right shoulder crashing into the outfield wall to make a catch in the first inning. He will be re-examined Thursday.
"It's a right AC sprain," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "He's going to have to miss some time. It's just a matter of how much time. It could be a DL situation. We're working through everything right now."
Rick Ankiel and Chris Carter each hit a two-run homer in Houston's second straight offensive outburst. This one came before a crowd of 10,493, the smallest at Safeco Field since the ballpark opened 13
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