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July 21, 2007 at 9:20 AM

Mariners vs. Blue Jays, game 2

Seattle has just three hits through 6 2/3 innings here today, two of them by Jose Vidro. When Josh Towers is on the mark, he’s very much like Jarrod Washburn. Will get hitters to mishit the ball into outs. His pitches paint the corners and will be called for strikes if the hitters don’t swing. Two of Seattle’s hits were infield singles so that shows you how effective Towers has been. The good news for the Mariners? Towers is now out of the game after an infield hit by Jose Lopez put two on with two out in the seventh.
Casey Janssen now in the game to face pinch-hitter Ben Broussard. Still just a 1-0 game, but the M’s are running out of time. Better get something done right here.
HITLESS WONDERS
Looks like it’s still 11 a.m. for some of these Mariners hitters, getting mowed down pretty quickly by Josh Towers. Now, Towers is a strike thrower, often up at an over 70 percent efficiency rate. But he relies on pinpoint accuracy, or else has balls ripped over the fence. All or nothing type. But Seattle has just one hit off him, a Jose Vidro infield single, as we enter the bottom of the fifth inning with the M’s trailing 1-0. Jeff Weaver has done a good job so far today, giving up only a flurry of three straight singles in the second — two of them bloopers — to fall behind. Otherwise, he’s held the Blue Jays in check. This game is going much like the others between the teams this season. Very little in the way of hitting going on.
John McLaren had some more to say about Chris Reitsma as an eighth inning set-up man. The next big test, since the M’s are still waiting to see how Reitsma pans out in the role, will be to have him go on back-to-back days.
“At some point,” McLaren said. “It might be today. That’s something we need to do and he needs to find out and we need to find out.”
Hear what McLaren said in this audio clip.
STAIRS HITS LEADOFF?
Good morning to everyone from here in sunny, surprisingly non-humid, Toronto. Hadn’t had my morning coffee yet when I glanced at the lineup card for the Blue Jays and received this jolt: Matt Stairs leading off. Wow. Must be the slowest leadoff hitter in the history of the game. They have some 10-year old throwing out the first pitch here today (the first Canadian to ever win the MLB pitch, hit and run contest) and I bet he’d make a better leadoff man.
Anyway, looks like one team’s getting desperate while the other keeps finding ways to win. All those men stranded on the basepaths by Miguel Batista and the bullpen last night have set off familiar groaning in Toronto, where fans and media have seen the home team pull this stunt many times.
How about those Angels? Getting a little tight around the collar for them.
“There might be a lot of restless nights ahead for all of the Angels,” writes Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. “Their lead in the American League West is down to one game after a sloppy 7-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins.
“The loss was the Angels’ third in their past four games and 12th in their past 19 games. Meanwhile, the Seattle Mariners have won 19 of their past 26 games, going from eight games back on June 22 to one game behind the Angels in just under a month.”
Wow, those Kansas City Royals really did a number on the Angels, didn’t they? May have poked too big a hole in that boat. I still don’t think so, but wow, the tailspin continues.
Here are the lineups:
TORONTO (46-50)
LF Matt Stairs (!!!)
1B Lyle Overbay
RF Alex Rios
3B Troy Glaus
CF Vernon Wells
DH Frank Thomas
2B Aaron Hill
C Gregg Zaun
SS Royce Clayton
RHP Josh Towers
SEATTLE (54-39)
CF Ichiro
DH Jose Vidro
LF Raul Ibanez
RF Jose Guillen
3B Adrian Beltre
1B Richie Sexson
2B Jose Lopez
C Jamie Burke
SS Yuniesky Betancourt
RHP Jeff Weaver
UMPIRES
HP Tim Timmons
2B Chad Fairchild
3B Rick Reed (crew chief)
3B Chuck Meriwether

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