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May 3, 2007 at 2:39 PM

Mariners get hosed on make-up dates

This really isn’t what the Mariners were hoping for make-up date-wise. MLB is expected to announce the new dates for Seattle’s games with the Cleveland Indians at some point in the next 24 hours. But here are the ones I’ve been told about, which should be the same ones MLB announces.
May 21 in Cleveland
June 11 in Cleveland
August 30 in Cleveland
Sept. 26 (doubleheader at Safeco Field)
Some will argue that the Mariners are getting the advantage of playing one of their “road” games at home. While that much is true, the team just lost yet another off-day, since Aug. 30 was the in-between date for a home game with the Angels and a road game in Toronto. Seattle players had wanted one of the games to instead be played the day after the regular season ended — and only if necessary. Not going to happen. So much for giving the team time to cross over to the Eastern time zone. No such luck there, just as there’s little to be had this week, with the team hosting the White Sox, then playing here against Boston tonight.
The May 21 date means the Mariners will have to play 23 consecutive games without a day off. The Aug. 30 clash gives them 20 consecutive games without a break. Nice. Like I said, it isn’t official yet. But it should be soon.
J.J. Putz won’t be available tonight, having closed the past two games. The Mariners instead will likely use Brandon Morrow in a ninth inning save situation, preceded by Chris Reitsma. Manager Mike Hargrove told us not to hold him to that — since the situation could change depending on the hitters due up — but that’s the plan for now.
“He does have that 97 mph fastball,” Hargrove said of why Morrow would get the call. “You throw strikes with that, that’s pretty good.”

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