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September 10, 2007 at 7:03 PM

Mariners vs. A’s, Game 1

Not much happening on the site tonight, I see. Hey, it’s my night off. I’m doing my expenses over at the Times. Yes, my life right now is about as dull as watching Horacio Ramirez and the M’s get walloped 5-0 by the Oakland A’s. You know what we all need? A rally cry. Something to fire us all up.
This call came to our offices moments ago, from a fan, and I’ll tell you what, someone ought to go play it for HoRam between innings. Heck, play it for the entire lineup. if this doesn’t get them started on an eight-game win streak — it will have to be a nine-gamer now, don’t you think? — then I don’t know what else to tell you.
And no, to answer the reader who asked, I don’t get paid extra to sit here and write these things.
OTHER SUZUKI GOES YARD
I’m sure that when folks around baseball see that a Suzuki hit a grand slam homer in the Seattle game they’ll be thinking it was Ichiro. Well, OK maybe not. They’ll probably just gasp at the thought of either Ichiro or Kurt Suzuki doing it, but well, we’ve seen Horacio Ramirez yield some bombs before. Yes folks, the season very likely ended last Wednesday night in New York.
SAME OLD
Seattle opens this homestand with essentially the same lineup it used all of last week. When you score 14 runs, you tend to stick with much of the same. Only difference is that Jose Vidro has been dropped further back in the lineup, reflecting his recent power slowdown at the plate and Adrian Beltre’s surge. Joe Blanton faces the M’s for the first time since that bench-clearing incident in Oakland two months ago. My how things have changed since then. Remember all that stuff about the team “coming together” and embarking on something special? Well, they did just that for six weeks until it all came undone. This homestand is the team’s final hope. Do something special like winning the first eight games or so and it gets you right back in it. Easier said than done. The M’s can start by winning this Horacio Ramirez start.
Daric Barton makes his MLB debut for the A’s tonight. He’s the team’s top prospect, an Adam Jones type if you will.
OAKLAND (69-75)
LF Shannon Stewart
SS Marco Scutaro
CF Nick Swisher
RF Jack Cust
2B Mark Ellis
DH Dan Johnson
3B Jack Hannahan
1B Daric Barton
C Kurt Suzuki
RHP Joe Blanton
SEATTLE (75-66)
CF Ichiro
3B Adrian Beltre
DH Jose Vidro
LF Raul Ibanez
RF Jose Guillen
1B Ben Broussard
DH Jose Vidro
C Kenji Johjima
2B Jose Lopez
SS Yuniesky Betancourt
LHP Horacio Ramirez

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