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May 14, 2009 at 10:56 AM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Rangers, May 14

UPDATE 1:05 P.M.: Yes, here come Morrow — and the first man he’ll face is Hank Blalock. Baseball’s a beautiful sport.
UPDATE 1:03 P.M.: In case you’re wondering, Brandon Morrow is warming up right now and apparently will work the ninth.
UPDATE 12:12: Felix might not be lighting up the speed gun — nothing over 93 mph all game, according to the scoreboard — but he’s been very effective. He’s retired 10 in a row and thrown 15 pitches total over the past two innings. Overall, he’s thrown 69 pitches through five.
UPDATE 11:55 A.M.: The two runs by the Mariners in the third broke Matt Harrison’s consecutive scoreless innings streak at 22 — the same as Felix had earlier in the year. It’s the second-longest of the season this year, behind Zack Greinke. Wlad Balentien had a big two-out double. I have a feeling he’s going to be in the lineup for awhile.
UPDATE 11:43 A.M.: Ryan Divish of the TNT is reporting that catcher Adam Moore has been called up to Triple-A Tacoma and will be in the Rainers’ lineup tonight. Veteran Guillermo Quiroz has been sent down to Double-A West Tennessee, Divish said. My first thought, of courwe, was to wonder if this means Jeff Clement is coming to Seattle. But apparently Clement’s left knee is aching, and he’ll be DH’ing for awhile.
UPDATE 11:39: Felix hasn’t given up a run through two, but he sure doesn’t look sharp to me. His velocity is down, and he’s bouncing his breaking pitches.
UPDATE 11:15 A.M.: Inauspicious start for the Mariners. Jose Lopez rips an opposite-field double with one out, but Mike Sweeney and Adrian Beltre both whiff. Jim Street of unearthed these numbers: Going into today’s game, M’s three and four hitters were hitting .246 with two homers and 7 RBI on this road trip; opponents’ three and four hitters were at .360-7-17. Draw your own conclusions.
.Today’s another one of those days the Mariners need Felix to pitch like an ace. They are in danger, at 1-6, of having one of the worst road trips in club history. On trips of eight or more games, they’ve failed to win at least two games just eight times. The worst-ever trip was 0-11 in both 2008 (Sept. 11-21) and 2006 (Aug. 10-20). Ah, yes, the memories.
The Rangers’ Michael Young grumbled a bit when the club asked him to move to third to make room for rookie shortstop Elvis Andrus. But after watching Andrus in Seattle and here in Texas, you can understand the move. He’s sensational, with tremendous range and a rocket arm. Reminds me of a young Omar Vizquel, his current teammate. Or a young Yuni Betancourt. Whatever happened to that guy, anyway?
Oh, and Ken Griffey’s not sitting out today after all. He’s on the field right now — taking out the lineup card to the umpires.
Ichiro RF
Jose Lopez 2B
Mike Sweeney DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Russell Branyan 1B
Wladimir Balentien LF
Rob Johnson C
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Ronny Cedeno SS
Felix Hernandez RHP
Ian Kinsler 2B
Michael Young 3B
Josh Hamilton CF
Hank Blalock DH
Nelson Cruz RF
David Murphy LF
Chris Davis 1B
Taylor Teagarden C
Elvis Andrus SS
Matt Harrison LHP



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