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May 16, 2007 at 4:52 PM

Mateo placed on inactive list

Julio Mateo is back earning a major league salary from the Mariners. Thing is, he’s being paid to stay at home for now. The Mariners placed Mateo on the Class AAA Temporary Inactive List today once his 10-day suspension for missing a game in New York had ended. Players can be kept on the list indefinitely and right now, all the Mariners want is for Mateo to continue counseling sessions and do his workouts in private — under the team’s supervision.
Mateo will not be joining the Class AAA Tacoma team any time soon. He still faces a June 15 court date in New York to answer to charges of having committed assault in the third degree on his wife, Aurea, in a Manhattan hotel room 12 days ago.
Mariners GM Bill Bavasi said no decision has been made about whether Mateo will ever pitch for Seattle again.
“When we make a decision on that, we’ll be sure you (media) guys know,” he said. “I’m only saying that to point out we haven’t made a decision yet.”
He later went on to say, about a possible parting of ways: “That’s way too far in the future and too hypothetical. I’ll leave that one alone.”

GUILLEN LICKING HIS CHOPS

Just got back up from the clubhouse and let me tell you, if you thought Jose Guillen enjoyed smacking the Angels around last night, just watch him if he does anything at all against John Lackey. Guillen gets along well with Angels starter Kelvim Escobar, the guy he hit a run-scoring single and double off of last night in his first two trips to the plate.
But Guillen is no Lackey fan. Something about the latter running his mouth to the media back when they were in Anaheim as teammates and Guillen was wearing out his welcome. Suffice to say, Guillen is pumped for tonight. So pumped, he had trouble sleeping last night.
He’s hitting .375 off the Angels this season, having hit .385 when facing them two years ago — the last time they went head-to-head.
“I can tell you this, you don’t want to piss me off,” he said. “That’s all I’m going to tell you. You don’t want to piss me off because when somebody pisses me off, I can become the best player I can be that nobody’s ever seen before. That is something that’s always happened to me. It’s better off for you to keep me cool, relaxed. That’s something I don’t really want. I don’t want to relax.”
Lackey, by the way, now writes his own blog. Nothing on Guillen in there, sadly. Now, a Guillen blog, honest and to-the-point, wouldn’t that be an interesting read?
Here are tonight’s lineups:
LOS ANGELES
LF Reggie Willits
SS Orlando Cabrera
RF Vladimir Guerrero
CF Gary Matthews Jr.
1B Casey Kotchman
2B Erick Aybar
DH Shea Hillenbrand
C Mike Napoli
3B Chone Figgins
RHP John Lackey
SEATTLE
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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