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May 27, 2008 at 11:23 PM

M’s win! M’s win!

Hard to believe, but I called it right. Next stop, Las Vegas.
Yes, I’m going to gloat, because I don’t get the chance very often. I did pick the Mariners to win the AL West in our baseball preview section, after all.
Not surprisingly, it was a very happy clubhouse, with a steady stream of players coming up to hug Jose Lopez at his locker (after nearly burying him in a back-slapping scrum around second base on the field). Yuniesky Betancourt led the line of players sprinting out to congratulate his buddy Lopez, but Betancourt was very clearly not happy when McLaren sent Jeremy Reed up to pinch-hit for him in the ninth.
A lot of praise went to Miguel Batista, deservedly so, and Brandon Morrow, who said the key to his relief effort was getting ahead of both Manny and Mike Lowell on first-pitch sliders for strikes. He blew both of them away with high heat. In case you were wondering, the official word on Daisuke Matsuzaka was that he was experiencing shoulder fatigue when he was taken out in the fifth inning, even though he appeared to clutch his back. No one was saying if he would miss his next start.
I’m tired, it’s almost midnight, and I need to head home, but I’ll leave you with one newsy tidbit. The word on the street is that Cha Seung Baek, who was designated for assignment last week, is going to be traded to the San Diego Padres for reliever Jared Wells. Look for the deal to be announced Wednesday, and for Wells, a right-hander, to be assigned to Tacoma. Considering the proclivity of trading activity between Bill Bavasi and San Diego GM Kevin Towers, it’s not too surprising.

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