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March 22, 2007 at 4:43 PM

Mariners 11, White Sox 6, final score

That didn’t wind up going too badly, given how slowly the game began. The latest four-hit game for Willie Bloomquist leaves him with 21 this spring. He still has another 14 to go if he wants to tie Carlos Guillen’s club record. But considering he’s got nine steals and 16 runs scored already, I’d say he could call it a day now and be mighty pleased with his March effort.
Will this land him a starting job? Should Adrian Beltre, Yuniesky Betancourt, Jose Lopez, Ichiro, or anyone else be trembling? Nope. Manager Mike Hargrove made that much clear a few moments ago on the field, just before the latest downpour began.
“We’re not going to start him,” Hargrove said. “Willie’s our utility man. He’s a very valuable player there. That’s where he’s best.”
Hear that, folks? That’s where things stand for now. They aren’t about to change.
Bloomquist’s uniform was covered in dirt as he walked off the field, looking like he’d just played in a football game rather than a spring training contest.
‘I’m sore,” he quipped.
That much is believable. Bloomquist is now hitting .444. with a .474 on-base percentage. He’d like to play more, but knows his role.
“If he sees me as deserving of more playing time, he’ll give it to me,” Bloomquist said. “I certainly wouldn’t complain if I got more.”
Horacio Ramirez will likely get more playing time down here this spring. After his aborted start here today, he’s got just one more scheduled. But Hargrove mentioned that Ramirez would also pitch in a minor-league game after that. That game would be back here after the team leaves for Seattle.
If we go by the normal four days of rest routine, the minor league contest would be on a Sunday, leaving him set to pitch on April 6 in Cleveland (the team has an off-day on the 5th).
In other words, guess who the fifth starter is? Not much of a surprise to anyone paying attention. The only reason I mention it is because the team still says it might flop around the order of the back three guys in the rotation. Thing is, if Ramirez pitches a minor league game here, without short rest, he has to be the fifth starter. There you go, a little news.

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