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June 1, 2009 at 6:55 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Orioles, June 1

UPDATE 9:02 P.M. (MIDDLE OF EIGHTH) : Pretty nifty 3-6-3 double-play turned by Branyan to end the inning. He made a smothering stop of a smash by Mora to start it, scrambled back to the bag for the relay and made a sprawling short-hop. Jakubauskus gets a scoreless innning in his return to relief. Correction: Double-play ball was hit by Huff.
Jim Johnson has taken over for Hill on the mound.
UPDATE 8:36 P.M. (MIDDLE OF SIXTH): The Orioles pushed across a run, and it might be enough. Balentien did not play Jones’ line drive well. It sailed over his head for a double. Jones went to third on Markakis’s single and scored on Huff’s sac fly. Now we’ll see if the M’s can mount something — anything — against Rich Hill.
UPDATE 8:23 P.M. (END OF FIFTH): I hope this doesn’t turn into Texas vs. Boston College in the NCAA regionals. But at this rate, we might be here for 25 innings. It’s still 0-0.
UPDATE 8:06 PM. (MIDDLE OF FOURTH): Washburn is rolling. His four scoreless innings gives him 10 straight innings without allowing a run over his past two starts. He left his last game against Oakland with a 3-0 lead after six. It didn’t end well.
UPDATE 8 P.M. (BOTTOM OF THIRD): That’s five baserunners through three innings for the Mariners, and no runs. 0-0.
UPDATE 7:50 P.M. (MIDDLE OF THIRD): Betancourt just made his ninth error of the year on a bad throw to first, but Washburn pitched out of it by getting Huff to foul out. You’ve got to wonder, yet again, about Betancourt’s focus when he makes a careless play like that. It’s still 0-0.
UPDATE 7:42 P.M. (BOTTOM OF SECOND): As usual, Mariners are giving Washburn no run support. And it’s not like Rich Hill is Cy Young. He brings a 6.14 ERA into the game. He walked two in the second, but Jose Lopez hit into a room-service double play,and Rob Johnson struck out on a feeble swing.
UPDATE 7:24 P.M. (BOTTOM OF FIRST): Terrible display by the Mariners, who can’t get Ichiro home from third with no outs. Betancourt popped to second, Beltre struck out and Sweeney popped to first. That’s pretty weak.
UPDATE 7;20 (BOTTOM OF FIRST): Ichiro took the suspense out of his hitting streak, lashing a double to left leading off the first to extend it to 25. That matches his franchise record, set in 2007.
UPDATE 7:18 P.M. (MIDDLE OF FIRST): Adam Jones did a nice job of running up Washburn’s pitch count with a 12-pitch at-bat that resulted in a walk. But Washburn escaped trouble when Franklin Gutierrez made a nice running catch on Aubrey Huff’s drive to the warning track for the third out.
A few stray Mariners’ notes:

  • Ryan Rowland-Smith (left triceps tendinitis) will throw a bulllpen tomorrow prior to making one final rehab start in Tacoma on Friday. He is slated to return to the rotation June 11 in Baltimore against the Orioles.
  • Roy Corcoran (strained neck) will throw a simulated game on Wednesday.
  • Shawn Kelley (strained left oblique) is still “probably a couple of weeks before he’s back on the mound,” manager Don Wakamatsu said. “We thought sometime this homestand, but we’re still pushing that a little. He’s doing extremely well. There’s no setback. We just talked a little more about being intelligent with him.’
  • According to Wakamatsu, “Carlos Silva is still progressing. He’s feeling a lot better, but he’s still a couple weeks away before he’ll resume anything.”
  • David Aardsma, having worked four days in a row — including Sunday’s disastrous stint against the Angels — is out of commission today. Mark Lowe will get the call if the Mariners are in a save situation.
    “We’d like to give him (Aardsma) two days, but he might come in tomorrow and say, ‘I feel 100 percent,’ ” Wakamatsu said.

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