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March 26, 2009 at 2:57 PM

Kansas City Royals at Mariners: 03/26 game thread

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The Mariners just scored five runs in the sixth to tie things up at 7-7 in a game that’s deteriorating rapidly. Russell Branyan got things started with a two-run homer off Sidney Ponson. A bloop single by Mike Sweeney and another by Kenji Johjima brought up Yunieksy Betancourt, who lined one past Willie Bloomquist at third and down the left field line for a two-run double. Franklin Gutierrez then drilled one off the foot of the Royals pitcher Victor Marte, and had it bounce into center for a two-run single that tied it.
Just curious, I wrote a lengthy post earlier today about how catcher Adam Moore might start the year in Class AA because of the logjam at his position. Moore was sent to the minors today, but has yet to be assigned a level. No one has any thoughts on that? Not telling you to, just surprised.


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2:37 p.m.:Felix Hernandez is making up for all those runs he didn’t allow in the WBC. A three-run homer to right by Mike Aviles in the sixth made it 7-2 for the Royals. Hernandez gave up a dozen hits in an outing I suspect might be over at this point. We’ll see. He’ll be happy with the innings he worked, but not the 14 base runners allowed.
The Royals have had a hit in every inning so far. Willie Bloomquist just came in the game at third base for the Royals and got a warm round of applause.
Ken Griffey Jr. singled home an unearned run for the M’s in the third inning, when two Royals errors — one by Jose Guillen — prolonged the frame.
1:46 p.m.: Ichiro leads off with a single to center off Royals pitcher Sidney Ponson in a Japan-Netherlands matchup we never saw at the WBC. But Ichiro got a poor jump afterwards and was thrown out at second on a stolen base attempt.
It’s 2-0 Royals after Felix Hernandez gave up an RBI single to Coco Crisp in the third inning. Ken Griffey Jr. did a nice job of cutting the ball off as it bounced up the left field line and making a strong throw to second to prevent a double.
1:22 p.m.: Felix Hernandez loaded up the bases with none out on two walks and a single in the top of the first. Jose Guillen then knocked one run in on a sac fly, but Hernandez fanned Mike Jacobs, then saw Mark Teahen get caught leaning off the first base bag. The runner on third, David DeJesus, broke for home but was thrown out.
So, it’s 1-0 for the Royals heading to the second.
12:22 p.m.: Felix Hernandez takes the mound today for what looks like an Opening Day lineup for the Mariners. Jose Lopez is in the No. 2 spot. Based on what we’ve seen out of Yuniesky Betancourt this spring, that looks like the same spot Lopez will be in at the Metrodome. Betancourt is hitting eighth. Wow, the season is getting close. Can you feel it?
Kansas City Royals (14-9-3)
2 Coco Crisp CF
9 David DeJesus LF
24 Mark Teahen 2B
11 Jose Guillen RF
17 Mike Jacobs 1B
16 Billy Butler DH
4 Alex Gordon 3B
21 Miguel Olivo C
30 Mike Aviles SS
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47 Sidney Ponson RHP
Seattle Mariners (13-12-2)
51 Ichiro Suzuki RF
4 Jose Lopez 2B
24 Ken Griffey Jr. LF
29 Adrian Beltre 3B
30 Russell Branyan 1B
5 Mike Sweeney DH
2 Kenji Johjima C
7 Yuniesky Betancourt SS
21 Franklin Gutierrez CF
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34 Felix Hernandez RHP

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