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May 27, 2008 at 6:50 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Red Sox, May 27

UPDATE 8:44 P.M. Weird happenings hear in the fifth. First, Dice-K went out to warm up, threw two pitches, and the trainer was summoned. He was removed from the game and replaced by David Aardsma, the only player in baseball history ahead of Hank Aaron alphabetically. No official word on Matsuzaka’s injury, but it looks like his back to me.
Then, with Jose Vidro on first and Raul Ibanez at the plate, Boston shortstop Julio Lugo went inexplicably bonkers on a checked swing that was ruled no swing on the appeal to third-base umpire Angel Hernandez. Lugo sprinted over to argue, Terry Francona came out to push him away and take up the argument, and both Lugo and Francona were ejected. I’m not quite sure why the vehemence of the protest, since it looked like a borderline call.
McLaren said before the game he hasn’t given any thought to moving Miguel Batista to the bullpen. His ERA in his last four starts is 10.69, and he’s gone 2.1 innings, 5.1 innings, 5.1 innings, and 3 innings. Another game along those lines, and they will have to start thinking about it.
In honor of Dice-K pitching for the Red Sox tonight, I’m going to drag out my all-time favorite Ichiro quote — and there’s been some beauties over the years. This one was in the Seattle Times last April in a piece by Brad Lefton, an American writer who speaks Japanese. We ran the story right before the Mariners faced Matsuzaka for the first time (it was Dice-K’s Fenway debut, and Felix upstaged him with a one-hit shutout). Anyway, here’s Ichiro’s epic quote about how he felt facing his countryman for the first time in America:
“I hope he arouses the fire that’s dormant in the innermost recesses of my soul. I plan to face him with the zeal of a challenger.”
I think Richie Sexson expressed similar sentiments about facing Detroit’s Nate Robertson on Friday.
LINEUPS
Boston
Coco Crisp CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Manny Ramirez LF
Mike Lowell 3B
J.D. Drew RF
Jason Varitek C
Sean Casey 1B
Julio Lugo SS
Daisuke Matsuzaka P
Mariners
Ichiro CF
Jose Lopez 2B
Jose Vidro DH
Raul Ibanez LF
Adrian Beltre 3B
Kenji Johjima C
Wladimir Balentien RF
Miguel Cairo 1B
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Miguel Batista P

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