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August 7, 2007 at 10:12 PM

M’s win 10-3, Ibanez breaks out

I’m going to keep this fairly short, because it’s almost 1 a.m. and I’m tired.
The game ran so long I ran into deadline issues with my game story for the paper, which doesn’t usually happen in the Eastern time zone. I was planning to do some earlier post-game blogging, but I had to knuckle down and finish my gamer before my editors started yelling at me.
Not surprisingly, Raul Ibanez was the talk of the clubhouse after hitting two homers and a double, driving in four in the Mariners’ 10-3 win. I’d drop some audio here, if I was capable, but I’m not, so here’s a couple of quotes.
From John McLaren: “You could see this coming. He’s been working extremely hard. I had a couple of talks with Raul. My suggestion to him is, don’t work so hard to punish yourself. Do enough work to get ready, but don’t punish yourself because things haven’t gone the way you wanted them to go. Believe in yourself, and keep working with Jeff (Pentland), and good things are going to happen. I believe that.”
From Raul Ibanez: “I work hard. That’s kind of the way I do it. It’s not because I’m really punishing myself, but I do expect a lot out of myself, yeah. I appreciate him talking to me about it.”
The question to pursue tomorrow, and what I’m sure many of you are wondering, is what are the ramifications for further playing time for Adam Jones. Will it be a left-right platoon? That wouldn’t leave many starting opportunities for Jones. He’ll spell Ichiro in center occasionally, and probably Jose Guillen in right at times. It would be nice to get Jones at least four starts a week, and let him earn more playing time with his performance.
In case you were wondering, Richie Sexson left the game for a pinch-runner in the seventh because he was feeling dizzy in the heat, which was oppressive. Guillen hit the bag awkwardly beating out an infield single in the seventh and was feeling soreness in his hip area. But he ran hard several times after that and believes he’s OK.
I just found out that Barry Bonds hit No. 756. I’ll try to watch the replay. I can’t say I’m happy about it, but it’s history, and I want to see it. I have a column in tomorrow’s paper that expresses my feelings more thoroughly about the new record. Check it out.
Good night, all. One down, five to go before Blogs Baker returns.
(P.S.: In a previous blog, I indicated that Horacio Ramirez will pitch Wednesday. Actually, he goes Thursday. Felix Hernandez starts Wednesday).

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