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March 26, 2007 at 9:23 PM

Rangers 10, Mariners 6, final

This was one ugly game from a pitching standpoint where the Mariners are concerned. Their winning streak is over, as is Brandon Morrow’s streak of consecutive scoreless innings. Morrow had tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings this spring before giving up a run one out into the seventh inning here in Surprise, Ariz.
The good news for Morrow is, it really didn’t matter. Manager Mike Hargrove dragged out his 1-to-10 “scale of importance” once again and rated this outing — in terms of Morrow making or not making the club — a four. In other words, he said, it really doesn’t matter.
Hargrove said he was interested in seeing how Morrow worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam. The pitcher wound up getting two ground balls, one of them scoring a run. But it could have been a lot worse.
“It was something that was good to see,” Hargrove said. “But it’s not something that I think I had to see.”
Hargrove is sounding very much like a man who has made up his mind about Morrow. “He didn’t hurt his chances with tonight’s performance,” Hargrove said with a smile.
Morrow seemed unfazed by his outing. That may be one of the most impressive things I’ve seen in him. His poise and maturity in handling a situation that would have most young pitchers quaking at the knees. And this isn’t just talk about maturity beyond his years. He really is handling this like a guy who has played pro ball at several levels — not just Class A.
What a week this could be.

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