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September 28, 2007 at 7:09 PM

Mariners vs Rangers, Game 1

Kenji Johjima delivers the two-run double down the left field line off Edinson Volquez to even things up. Johjima hits the ball hard. That can be both good and bad with the bases loaded, depending on where the ball is hit. He didn’t hit it at anyone this time, so it was very good for the Mariners. Mike Morse then followed with a single to left to put Seattle ahead 3-2. John McLaren talked before the game about all the work Johjima has put in this year both at throwing and receiving the ball. McLaren ought to know since he’s the one who worked with Johjima daily on it after regular workouts at spring training.
McLaren says there has been plenty for Johjima to learn in adapting to a different style of play here in the United States. So much so that not all of the work the team has planned for him was carried out this year. Didn’t want to overwhelm him. They’ll polish up these areas over the winter and then attack some new ones down at spring training. McLaren wouldn’t say which area the new work would be focusing on. Guess he wants to be sure we all show up to cover spring training.
RANGERS LEAD 2-0
Mariners trail 2-0 in the sixth, but have the bases loaded with one out and Kenji Johjima up. They are either going to score a run or hit into a double-play right here. Jeff Weaver has pitched well enough and could have gotten a better call from the umpire on a plkay at the plate in a two-run Texas third inning.
SEXSON DONE FOR THE YEAR
Winding things down here on a chilly night at the ballpark. Richie Sexson is done for the year. The Mariners aren’t going to risk playing him again with nothing at stake. We might have seen the last of Yuniesky Betancourt in the field this season as well. He’s avaliable for pinch-running tonight, pinch-hitting tomorrow and then might play in Sunday’s finale.
Colleague Larry Stone was just down on the field, handing out the local BBWAA awards to the Mariners. J.J. Putz was pitcher of the year, Ichiro was player of the year and Sean Green was the team’s unsung hero. Good choices all around I’d say. But since I get a vote, I’m kind of biased. I also get one of our two chapter votes for American League MVP. My No. 1 pick is going to an ex-Mariner and it’s not Ken Griffey Jr. or Asdrubal Cabrera. Wanna guess who?
Jeff Clement is tonight’s DH. Mariners manager John McLaren says he’s very interested in what Clement’s lefty power bat could bring the Mariners — especially at this ballpark. We’ll see. Jeff Weaver pitches his farewell game tonight…
The lineups:
TEXAS (75-84)
1B Frank Catalanotto
2B Ian Kinsler
SS Michael Young
CF Marlon Byrd
DH Hank Blalock
LF Jason Botts
RF David Murphy
C Jason Saltalamacchia
3B Travis Metcalf
RHP Edinson Volquez
SEATTLE MARINERS (85-74)
CF Ichiro
3B Adrian Beltre
LF Raul Ibanez
RF Jose Guillen
DH Jeff Clement
C Kenji Johjima
1B Mike Morse
2B Jose lopez
SS Willie Bloomquist
RHP Jeff Weaver
UMPIRES
HP Ed Montague (crew chief)
1B Jerry Layne
2B Bill Miller
3B Marvin Hudson

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