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March 28, 2007 at 4:50 PM

Mariners 11, Rangers 8, final

Thougtht this game would never end and so did Raul Ibanez when I spoke to him moments ago. Ibanez is ready to go, as is most of the Seattle lineup. Richie Sexson had a big day today, with a homer and three hits total, and Ibanez figures his No. 5 hitting teammate has finally flipped that “on” switch this final week. The Mariners held on in the late innings, survived an ejection of Arthur Rhodes for arguing balls and strikes, saw George Sherrill yield two hits in working back-to-back days for the first time, and now — minus Jose Vidro — are off to San Francisco for tomorrow night’s exhibition. The plane leaves tomorrow afternoon. Vidro stays behind to get some DH work.
Turns out Felix Hernandez was starting to stiffen up sitting around during a long bottom of the fifth inning. Rangers righthander Scott Feldman got drilled on his throwing arm by a Vidro line drive and had to be replaced. That took a while. Hernandez had already thrown 82 pitches, so the M’s figured they were better off having him do the remaining 18, to get to the 100-mark, in the bullpen.
Just finished speaking to Rey Ordonez and he’s as excited as a rookie. Hasn’t been told anything yet but feels pretty good about the job he’s done here and is hopeful he can make the club, or at least someone else’s. He’d rather be here, he told me. From what I’m hearing, he will be.
Jamie Burke is still a bundle of nerves since he hasn’t been officially told he’s on the club yet. It appears very much that he will be, though, and that this is simply a case of the Mariners keeping all their options open in the event of a deal or someone being released by another club. Forget that Rob Johnson speculation of earlier. Isn’t going to happen.
As for the pitchers, wait until the weekend. But what I’m still hearing is Brandon Morrow and Sean White heading north, Jake Woods to Class AAA.

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