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March 24, 2007 at 4:01 PM

Mariners win, announce rotation

Well, that was a rough ninth inning for Chris Reitsma, who pitched better than the results will show in hanging on for a 5-4 win. The Royals scored a run in that ninth, on a nubber up the third-base line by Hernando Coretz. The only hard hit ball was a double to left center by Jason LaRue, who wound up scoring on the Cortez hit. There were two on and two out after an error when Reitsma finally got Mark Teahen to fly out to left to end it after a long at-bat.
J.J. Putz, by the way, throws another bullpen session tomorrow. No correlation, just thought I’d throw that in there. Mark Lowe will also start a much longer road to recovery when he begins throwing again next week after being medically cleared to do so today.
Mariners manager Mike Hargrove just announced his starting rotation and guess who is at No. 5? No, it isn’t Horacio Ramirez, despite the speculation you may have read here the past few days. It’s Jeff Weaver. Guess fifth starters are getting more expensive. Hargrove said earlier this spring that Weaver wasn’t a fifth starter, but Weaver’s results have done something to change all of that.
Weaver sits at 0-2 with an 8.31 earned-run average this spring.
Yes, Hargrove did want to break up the righties by placing Ramirez at No. 4. But the spring results had something to do with the decision.
“A little of both,” Hargrove said.
So, the rotation:
Felix Hernandez
Jarrod Washburn
Miguel Batista
Horacio Ramirez
Jeff Weaver
Let the fun begin!

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