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May 27, 2007 at 10:48 AM

Rain, Ichiro

It is raining in Kansas City, though they’ve yet to announce whether we will have a delay. The tarp has been rolled off the infield, but is still sitting in the outfield just in case it starts pouring. Driving in here, a real thunderstorm belted down on my car. It has slowed and we supposedly have a window to get the game in. But no one is really certain.
As for Ichiro, this is getting beyond ridiculous. What made me write that he seemed pleased? The smile on his face when he talked about the hit and his hitting streak. Sorry, no racism intended. Or implied. As for his quotes, just read them and tell me they make sense. So, the fact I threw them out there should be taken for what they were. Comic relief. Even Ichiro seemed to understand that, which is why I wrote them down in the blog with anything but a “soft heart.”
As for his infield hit, I thought it should have been an error. The infield was in, Grudzielanek got his glove on the ball. It would have been a tough play to get Ichiro throwing across the body. But he had a potential fielder’s choice force out option as well. A close call and Ichiro got a break. Rookie pitcher on the mound, the scorer sacrificed his ERA at the expense of a Gold Glove veteran’s fielding percentage and error totals. That’s my take. Everyone gets a break or two during an epic streak. Ichiro got robbed of an infield hit on a bad umpire’s call in Tampa Bay. Stuff happens.
As for Brandon Morrow, yes it was a save situation. But as a poster mentioned, the Mariners already had Putz warmed up. He hadn’t thrown in a few days so the idea was to get him some work. Once you get a guy up, it’s best to use him. Pitchers hate the other thing.
Raul Ibanez is not 100 per cent. His back still twinges from time to time. Not the same as being hurt. He feels he is able to play through it and obviously is doing a good job of it. We’ll see if he gets another rest after the Angels series. Might not be a bad idea with the awful Rangers heading to Seattle.
Jose Lopez is in the lineup after manager Mike Hargrove had an overnight change of heart about sitting him. Kenji Johjima is already out (day game after a night game). You know what? It looks like Hargrove understands what a must-win game this is for his team. The M’s cannot, under any circumstances, head to Anaheim 5 1/2 games back. Do that and a sweep all but ends any hope at a division title.
Guess what? The rain has almost stopped and they are taking the tarp away from the outfield. Looks like we’re going to play.
The lineups:
DH Esteban German
CF David DeJesus
2B Mark Grudzielanek
RF Mark Teahen
LF Emil Brown
C John Buck
3B Alex Gordon
1B Ryan Shealy
SS Tony Pena
LHP Odalis Perez
CF Ichiro
DH Jose Vidro
RF Jose Guillen
LF Raul Ibanez
1B Richie Sexson
3B Adrian Beltre
SS Yuniesky Betancourt
2B Jose Lopez
C Jamie Burke
LHP Jarrod Washburn



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