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August 9, 2007 at 10:03 PM

Jonesapalooza

Long, long night at the old ballyard. But an exciting one for the Mariners, who got their first real glimpse of the impact Adam Jones can give them in their 13-8 win over the Orioles.
Make no mistake: Jones can be an impact player. As I said yesterday, if he performs when he gets his chances, the playing time will come. On Thursday, Jones performed, big time. Two singles, a double, a walk, four runs, and a gun of a throw to double off Brian Roberts.
To answer your question, yes, Jones will be playing on Friday. That’s because Jose Guillen’s finger was very sore and swollen after being hit in the first inning by Daniel Cabrera. Man, that must have hurt, because Cabrera throws in the mid-90s. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s out a few days. Hopefully, no bones are broken. Jones will be in right, completing the outfield trifecta in just one week.
Jones boosters might not like this post-game quote from McLaren.
“He knows his role. I’m not going to bump any guy out. He’ll get his playing time. I’ve been very consistent with my comments. We’ll work out different combinations to give guys rest.”
Jones seemed exhilarated after the game, talking about what a confidence boost it was to score four runs, and how his game is to wreak havoc. After his rough game on Sunday against Boston, this is exactly what he needed. A few more of those, and we can all stop debating over his playing time. They’ll have to find a spot for him. I think.
OK, onto Horacio Ramirez. Not too impressive, even though he finally got his road win. Ho-Ram admitted he was ticked not to get the call on Markakis’s checked swing in the third, but he didn’t think he lost his composure against Tejada. I’ll take his word, but the result , a grand slam, was obviously unacceptable. You can’t cough up a four-run lead that quickly. Seven runs in five-plus innings

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