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May 9, 2007 at 1:28 PM

Game delayed

UPDATE: (5 P.M. PDT): They tell us tonight’s first pitch will take place at 5:40 p.m. PDT. The tarp is being removed right now, despite a light drizzle still falling. Guess you can all rush home from work to watch it. That’s good news!
The start time for this thing has been pushed back an hour to 5:05 p.m. (PDT) while they wait for this storm system to pass over the city. There is a tarp on the field, but the rain has slowed somewhat.
Looks like the Mariners got rid of Francisco Crucetta just in time. No word on what Curt Schilling or David Ortiz think about it. Don’t think we’ll hear anything more from them for a while now that Ortiz is ducking for cover and Terry Francona and the Red Sox have ordered Schilling to “shut up” and play. Schilling is backpedaling like an NFL cornerback, though he didn’t really reveal anything that someone reading Game of Shadows wouldn’t already have figured out on their own.
Speaking of guys who need to shut up, somebody should put a clamp on this guy. What is wrong with the Orioles’ broadcast crew, anyway? First Gary Thorne with the “bloody sock” stuff on Schilling and now this? Good thing they weren’t around at Yankee Stadium last weekend when Julio Mateo was arrested and charged.
A full lineup tonight, no regulars resting and Richie Sexson is back in the clean-up spot. Whether we see a game played or not is another matter. The rain is still holding steady. They say it should ease up at some point tonight, likely after the scheduled start time of the game. Seattle would really benefit from having this thing called off. A doubleheader would not be played on the travel day tomorrow. Instead, it would be backloaded to September when the M’s next visit here. That would bring a huge bit of relief to Seattle’s tired bullpen. Sean White is here tonight but he’s hardly 100 per cent after a bout with the flu. That means Sean Green would likely get the middle relief call (again) if Cha Seung Baek goes only five innings or so.
Anyhow, interesting that Sexson gets the clean-up nod once again. It’s essentially the same lineup the M’s have used all season, just without Adrian Beltre near the top of the order. He’s in the sixth spot and everyone before that gets bumped up once (except for leadoff man Ichiro, of course).
The lineups:
CF Curtis Granderson
2B Placido Polanco
DH Gary Sheffield
RF Magglio Ordonez
SS Carlos Guillen
C Ivan Rodriguez
1B Sean Casey
LF Craig Monroe
3B Brandon Inge
LHP Nate Robertson
CF Ichiro
DH Jose Vidro
LF Raul Ibanez
1B Richie Sexson
RF Jose Guillen
3B Adrian Beltre
C Kenji Johjima
SS Yuniesky Betancourt
2B Jose Lopez
RHP Cha Seung Baek



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