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March 26, 2007 at 5:02 PM

Mariners vs. Rangers

Another gorgeous day down here in Arizona, which yours truly spent feverishly pounding away on a feature story for our upcoming baseball preview section. I’m sure you’ll all love it.
Here are the lineups for tonight’s 6:05 p.m. start:
Seattle Mariners (12-15)
51 Ichiro Suzuki, CF
29 Adrian Beltre, 3B
5 Jose Vidro, DH
44 Richie Sexson, 1B
6 Jose Guillen, RF
23 Ben Broussard, LF
2 Kenji Johjima, C
3 Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
10 Rey Ordonez, 2B
43 Miguel Batista, RHP
Texas Rangers (14-8)
7 Kenny Lofton, CF
27 Frank Catalanotto, DH
10 Michael Young, SS
23 Mark Teixeira, 1B
5 Ian Kinsler, 2B
6 Brad WIlkerson, LF
17 Nelson Cruz, RF
15 Gerald Laird, C
28 Matt Kata, 3B
45 Jamey Wright, RHP
The Mariners go for their sixth win in a row, which sure is better than the way they began the spring. Not sure, though, how much emphasis can be placed on anything right now. In Sunday’s game, for instance, the M’s used a starter, Jake Woods, who won’t be in their opening-day rotation. They used a closer, Jon Huber, who is unlikely to be carried north, judging by how he’s pitched this spring. A few of you thought I was too harsh on Huber yesterday, given how he nearly escaped the ninth on a double-play grounder that went off the glove of shortstop Rey Ordonez.
But the play was ruled a hit. It was Ordonez, and if he can’t stop a grounder, who can? He had to range quite far to his right, and it’s very unlikely he’d have turned the DP. And then Huber went out and made Ordonez pay for it.
Part of getting the measure of a pitcher is seeing how he responds to adversity. Tonight’s starter, Batista, did just that during last week’s trip to Tucson. Facing the Colorado Rockies, he had a slew of plays not made behind him because of excessive wind conditions.
But Batista pulled through what became a four-run inning and kept his team in it for two more frames.
Yesterday’s closer, Huber, did not. I don’t care if he was into his second inning of relief. His job, should he make the team, would call on him to do that from time to time. He didn’t do it successfully this time. The rest of his spring has been very mediocre. Enough said.
Brandon Morrow goes tonight. Excited yet?
No? OK, then. Here’s some food for thought, courtesy of our friendly neighborhood online gambling types over at Bodog.
Who will be the first Manager to be Fired?
Mike Hargrove (SEA) 5/1
Charlie Manuel (PHI) 6/1
Jim Tracy (PIT) 8/1
John Gibbons (TOR) 8/1
Clint Hurdle (COL) 10/1
Ozzie Guillén (CWS) 10/1
Phil Garner (HOU) 10/1
Sam Perlozzo (BAL) 11/1
Fredi Gonzalez (FLA) 12/1
Jerry Narron (CIN) 12/1
Joe Torre (NYY) 12/1
Buddy Bell (KC) 15/1
Joe Maddon (TB) 15/1
Field (Any Other Manager) 4/1
And a Happy Monday to you, Mike Hargrove. Geez. All I can say is, if Hargrove isn’t the first guy gone, a whole lot of folks are going to be out big coin judging by all of these prop bets and prediciton columns I’ve seen lately. Want some more?
Odds to win the 2007 MLB World Series
Boston Red Sox 7/2
New York Yankees 7/2
New York Mets 8/1
Chicago White Sox 9/1
Los Angeles Dodgers 9/1
Detroit Tigers 10/1
Los Angeles Angels 10/1
Philadelphia Phillies 11/1
Chicago Cubs 12/1
Cleveland Indians 13/1
St Louis Cardinals 13/1
Atlanta Braves 15/1
Minnesota Twins 18/1
Milwaukee Brewers 20/1
Oakland Athletics 20/1
San Francisco Giants 20/1
Toronto Blue Jays 22/1
San Diego Padres 25/1
Arizona Diamondbacks 30/1
Cincinnati Reds 35/1
Houston Astros 40/1
Texas Rangers 40/1
Florida Marlins 50/1
Pittsburgh Pirates 50/1
Seattle Mariners 50/1
Colorado Rockies 55/1
Baltimore Orioles 80/1
Kansas City Royals 90/1
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 90/1
Washington Nationals 100/1
Odds to win the 2007 American League pennant
New York Yankees 9/5
Boston Red Sox 3/1
Detroit Tigers 4/1
Los Angeles Angels 5/1
Chicago White Sox 13/2
Cleveland Indians 10/1
Minnesota Twins 12/1
Oakland Athletics 12/1
Toronto Blue Jays 12/1
Texas Rangers 20/1
Seattle Mariners 30/1
Baltimore Orioles 50/1
Kansas City Royals 60/1
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 80/1
Odds to win the 2007 American League West Division
Los Angeles Angels 1/2
Oakland Athletics 5/2
Texas Rangers 5/1
Seattle Mariners 8/1
Wow, gotta look real hard to find those Mariners. Hasn’t anyone at Bodog heard of Horacio Ramirez, Batista, and Jeff Weaver? What’s that? They have? Uh-oh. Good thing they play these games on the field.



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