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May 26, 2008 at 6:53 PM

Game thread, Red Sox vs. Mariners, May 26

UPDATE 8:05 P.M. Ichiro couldn’t get the run home in the third, but he just made up for it with arguably the catch of the year in the fifth. With a runner on first and one out, Jason Varitek hit a bomb to center. Ichiro raced back, and with his back to the plate hauled in the ball at full sprint just as he crashed into the wall. Who says Ichiro doesn’t ever bang into walls? This was a solid blow,and he appeared dazed, but he held onto the ball, and stayed in the game. The crowd gave him a huge standing ovation, and another one when Hernandez got out of the inning.
UPDATE 7:52 P.M. I should have waited a couple more minutes before talking about how dynamite Felix looks. He does, but David Ortiz’s bat must have had some dynamite in it as he just crushed a home run to center field on a 1-0 pitch. It’s 1-0 Boston.
UPDATE 7:45 P.M.: The Mariners’ third inning was a case study of how you lose six games in a row. They get a nice rally going, first and third, one out, on a double by Kenji Johjima and a single by Yuniesky Betancourt. But Ichiro can’t get the run home, popping out to shallow center, and Lopez’s grounder to the hole on the right side is smothered by a diving Dustin Pedroia, who threw him out. You’ve got to get that run home in a tight game like this.
Felix looks dynamite through a perfect three innings.
Can Felix step up? Can the Mariners finally win a game? Will anyone get a vote of confidence today? It should be fun. Jeremy Reed is starting in right, Richie Sexson is batting seventh, and Bartolo Colon is making his second start for the Red Sox. Talk to you later.
LINEUPS
Boston
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Manny Ramirez LF
Mike Lowell 3B
Kevin Youkilis 1B
J.D. Drew RF
Jason Varitek C
Julio Lugo SS
Bartolo Colon P
MARINERS
Ichiro CF
Jose Lopez 2B
Jose Vidro DH
Raul Ibanez LF
Adrian Beltre 3B
Jeremy Reed RF
Richie Sexson 1B
Kenji Johjima C
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Felix Hernandez P

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