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July 12, 2007 at 5:07 PM

Mariners vs. Tigers, Game 1

Just got back up from the field, where the Mariners did some extra infield and defensive work today to get back into the right mindset after the three-day break. First off, “Matt McMullen” is going to put me out of business if he keeps writing long analysis like he did in the last post. Well done. Not sure why so many of you waste time debating the merits of the Chicago Cubs, but whatever floats your boat. Hi there, “Cubby”, glad to have you back. Let’s all keep things civil. Just an update on our blog numbers for this month: we have already surpassed the total number of hits we had for the month of March. And that’s in the first 11 days of this month alone. If we keep up at this pace, we will match our record for last month’s totals in the next week alone. We have a lot of new community members commenting and reading. On any given day, this is the most read part of the Seattle Times online edition. So, enjoy it. I love the level of debate we’ve managed to keep here.
Here’s some news for you, straight from the clubhouse. Jon Huber is going for an MRI tomorrow. Seems he felt something uncomfortable in his elbow after his second rehabilitation outing last Sunday and pulled himself from the game.
“It felt good the other day on Friday,” Huber said. “The first inning I threw on Sunday felt good too. And then after that, it wasn’t just any pitch that made it get sore. It just kept getting a little more sore, a little more sore.”
Hear the complete audio clip of my interview with Huber here.
Huber is taken anti-inflammatories and is crossing his fingers hoping for good news tomorrow. But this is a setback nonetheless. His return to action will likely be delayed at least a couple of weeks.
Horacio Ramirez is awaiting word on when he’ll be re-inserted in the team’s rotation. Ramirez talked about what it was like to pitch in Arizona the other day, the temperature well beyond 100 degrees.
“I’ve pitched in it before,” he said with a smile. “In the National League, we got to play the Marlins. They had similar weather. Before you go out there for the first, you’re already dripping in sweat.”
Hear the full Ramirez clip here.
Ryan Feierabend is still here, but look for Ramirez to be added in his place tomorrow. Mariners manager John McLaren saw Ramirez pitch in Arizona and is awaiting final word from the team’s medical staff. The pitcher plays catch today and McLaren and the team’s brass want to see how he feels afterwards.
“He had his velocity back,” said McLaren said. “It was very encouraging.”
Listen to all that McLaren had to say about Ramirez a little ways down in this audio clip.
McLaren wouldn’t bite any further when asked when Class AAA outfielder Adam Jones would be up with the club. His response is contained in this clip.
“We have a solid team right now,” McLaren said. “We know he’s there. I think when he comes, he’s going to be an impact type player. When he comes, I can’t answer that. The players we have here, I’m comfortable with, I’m ready to go do battle with tonight. But when he (Jones) does come, he’s going to be a great player.”
Mark this down. The M’s are closely monitoring Jose Vidro. If he doesn’t start hitting more doubles, Jones will be up sooner rather than later.
Spoke to Miguel Batista about his unusual ejection from last Sunday’s brawl. Batista is clearly a more eager scrapper than I gave him credit for. Told me if anyone ever charged the mound on him, he’d make them pay. Once stared down Tino Martinez and dared him to come at him. Said he threatened to throw the ball right at his head if he took a step.
“If I’d done it, I would have killed the guy,” he said. “But you want to go with me, I’ll go with you. Believe me, I’ll go.”
Sounds like a sequel to “The Avenger of Blood” could be in the works.
This from a guy studying saxophone because he likes Kenny G. Who knew? Guess the Dominican Republic can be a tough place to grow up. The parts I’ve seen, anyway. Not like the beaches at Casa de Campo or Punta Cana.
OK, what else do we have. Still no word on the Ichiro press conference. It’s expected to be tomorrow and will likely be on the early side of the afternoon to accomodate his pre-game workout routine.
What else? Oh yeah, don’t start emailing me in a panic when you listen to the broadcast crew tonight. There are wholesale changes all around, but none of them are permanent.
Dave Niehaus is on his regularly scheduled vacation for the next four days. Coincidentally, Mike Blowers also has two days off and Dave Sims is out sick. So, we will have Ken Levine is replacing Neihaus, Dave Valle replaces Blowers and Rick Rizz rounds out the gang.
All set? Here are the lineups:
DETROIT (52-34)
CF Curtis Granderson
LF Marcus Thames
DH Gary Sheffield
RF Magglio Ordonez
SS Carlos Guillen
C Ivan Rodriguez
1B Sean Casey
2B Omar Infante
3B Brandon Inge
LHP Andrew Miller
SEATTLE (49-36)
CF Ichiro
DH Jose Vidro
LF Raul Ibanez
RF Jose Guillen
1B Richie Sexson
3B Adrian Beltre
C Kenji Johjima
SS Yuniesky Betancourt
2B Jose Lopez
RHP Felix Hernandez
UMPIRES (rotation unknown)
Bruce Froemming
Mike Winters
Brian Runge
TBA

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