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September 6, 2008 at 8:30 PM

New York Yankees at Mariners: 09/06 game thread

Raul Ibanez just gave Seattle its first lead of the night, belting a three-run homer to right center off Sidney Ponson to put the M’s up 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth. Seattle had managed just two hits the first five innings, but strung together three in a row with two out in the sixth off Ponson.
Jason Giambi hit a one-out homer to right center off Ryan Rowland-Smith in the top of the inning to put the Yanks up 2-0. So, Rowland-Smith is now in a position to pick up the win.
By the way, someone auditioning to be Kenji Johjima’s new agent (who wouldn’t want that gig with all the dough flying into his wallet?) phoned me at my office with this little message during last night’s one-hitter by Brandon Morrow to offer her two cents worth on value and contract extensions. I know most of you understand how things work, but for the uninitiated (or just heavy breathers) here’s a helpful hint: if you see me updating with live blogs and photos from the ballpark, the best way to reach me is not by phoning the Times offices. You might also try to do it when there’s something other than a no-hitter going on. Oh yeah, and in that little stats column topped by the letters O, P and S…if the three digit number underneath it begins with a 5, then a catcher can be named Johnny Bench and still wouldn’t be worth $24 million in extra bucks. Other than that, carry on as usual.
Spoke to Jarrod Washburn today. He’s got a torn abdominal muscle, with a hole where the tear is. Wants to try to get back in next week but isn’t sure what’s going to happen. The rotation for now will see Felix Hernandez go Tuesday, followed by Ryan Feierabend and then Brandon Morrow. Depending on what Rowland-Smith does tonight, he would likely go Thursday on regular rest, meaning Washburn could be back in to throw in Anaheim next Friday. But first, he has to be able to throw.
And I don’t know if some of you saw this last night, lost amid all the Morrow hoopla, but Shannon Drayer will be back on the air starting next Friday, filling in on FSN for Brad Adam. It’s for this one road trip only.

8:15 p.m.: Ryan Rowland-Smith has settled down, retiring seven of eight hitters. He’s logged only one strikeout through five innings and has had the ball hit hard off him at times. But he trails only 1-0 on the scoreboard as we head to the sixth. The reason he still trails is that the Mariners keep coming up with new and inventive ways of stranding runners. Yuniesky Betancourt got picked off in the third inning, but made it to second on the ensuing rundown when Yankees pitcher Sidney Ponson interfered with him. But the M’s could not get the run home as Rob Johnson grounded out, Luis Valbuena lined out and Ichiro grounded out, the throw beating him by a step.
A leadoff double by Jeremy Reed went for nught in the fourth as Adrian Beltre grounded out, Raul Ibanez walked and Jose Lopez grounded into a spectacular 5-5-3 double play, with third baseman A-Rod stepping on his bag for one and throwing Lopez out by a whisker.
7:47 p.m.: The sight of pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre out there talking to Ryan Rowland-Smith in the third inning is not exactly following the script of what’s gone on with Seattle starters of late. Rowland-Smith is having some issues tonight. He walked three consecutive hitters with two out in the third, prompting the mound visit. But Rowland-Smith got out of it, retiring Jason Giambi on a groundout thanks to a hefty defensive shift by the M’s — playing Giambi to pull the ball. Luis Valbuena was playing in shallow right field and looked to be halfway towards right fielder Ichiro when he snared the grounder and made a long throw to first. Still a 1-0 game.
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7:35 p.m.: A much cooler night than we had yesterday, with the Mariners trailing 1-0 as we head to the third inning. Ryan Rowland Smith yielded a two-out homer over the center field wall to Bobby Abreu in the first inning. Rowland-Smith has used two doubleplay grounders to erase baserunners the first two innings. Seattle has gone six up, six down against Sidney Ponson.



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