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March 26, 2007 at 6:46 PM

Mariners 4, Rangers 3, top 4th

Tried to spare you the gory details for as long as I could. Things weren’t initially going all that well here in Surprise, Ariz. Then again, considering how badly Miguel Batista is getting pounded, it’s a miracle the M’s are actually ahead by a run. They were getting outhit 7-1 heading into the third, but scored three to take the lead. This rope-a-dope strategy by Batitsa has to stop, though, because his offense can’t keep finding itself in such early holes when he’s on the mound.
After an Ichiro single scored Yuniesky Betancourt to get the Mariners within a run, Adrian Beltre walked and Jose Vidro bounced a ball to first baseman Mark Teixiera, who fielded and flipped it to covering pitcher Jamey Wright at the bag. Problem is, Wright forgot to squeeze the ball. Everyone was safe to load the bases with one out and bring up Richie Sexson. Drumroll please. Sexson lifted his bat, swung a mighty swing and — what do you know? — connected on a hard single to left that scored a pair of runs! Wow.
Manager Mike Hargrove got ejected in the bottom of the first inning — if you can believe that in spring training — for arguing balls and strikes on Batista’s behalf in a Nelson Cruz at-bat. Batista trailed 3-0 after one (no, he can’t blame the wind this time), but got a run back in the second as Jose Guillen tagged a Wright pitch to deep right center for his fourth homer of the spring.
Betancourt led the third inning off with a double to left center, advanced to third on a Rey Ordonez groundout to the right side (situational hitting!) and scored, of course, on the Ichiro hit.
Some of you may have noticed I’ve been easing back on the game detail a bit as the spring progresses and more and more games are televised, like tonight’s. Plenty of you have emailed to ask whether we will continue this blog all season and the answer is most certainly, yes, especially with the breaking news events and tidbits you expect.
What we won’t be doing is a running play-by-play, since most of you (hopefully, since it is 2007) have access to a radio, a TV or the internet (you’d better have the latter if you’re reading this). Instead, we’ll look to inject some in-game analysis or commentary to supplement what you’ve already seen or heard. That’s the plan. Stick with me, though. This will be the spot to go on a daily basis during the regular season — that much I promise.

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