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June 20, 2008 at 4:28 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Braves, June 20

UPDATE 5:39 P.M.: Erik Bedard left the game after three innings because of back spasms. Yikes.
Lots going on today — so much that I’ve got to get caught up with writing it for the newspaper. Lots of reaction to McLaren’s firing in the clubhouse, a lot of puzzlement over John McLaren’s comments about jealousy and friction. The players I talked to said, at least on the record, that they didn’t think there was a major clubhouse problem. More on that later.
Jim Riggleman held his first media briefing. He said he doesn’t plan any major changes in the lineup. He said he wants to change the mentality on the club and make it more positive.
“I think we’ve got to get ourselves feeling like we can win ballgames,” he said. “We prepare hard and work hard, and have meetings and everything you can do before the game starts, and then the game starts. It seems like sometimes we resign ourselves, well, it’s not going our way. We have to be bigger than that. We have to be better than that. That’s a tough challenge.”
Richie Sexson held court today for the first time in a long time. I asked him if a change of scenery might do him good, as McLaren said in his conference call.
His answer: “It’s no secret that it’s kind of a tough environment for me around there. I think you got 30 to 40,000 people that just as soon see me in the electric chair than play first base. It’s no secret.”
Brandon Morrow didn’t make the trip to Atlanta because of back spasms. The medical staff decided that a cross-country flight would be detrimental, so he won’t fly out until they subside, and no one knows when that will be. So the Mariners are a man down today. Riggleman said Miguel Batista is his closer tonight.
LINEUPS
Mariners
Ichiro RF
Jose Lopez 2B
Raul Ibanez LF
Adrian Beltre 3B
Richie Sexson 1B
Jeff Clement C
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Willie Bloomquist CF
Erik Bedard P
ATLANTA
Gregor Blanco CF
Yunel Escobar SS
Chipper Jones 3B
Mark Teixeira 1b
Omar Infante LF
Brian McCann C
Jeff Francoeur RF
Ruben Gotay 2B
Jorge Campillo P

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