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June 9, 2009 at 2:29 PM

Humidity no longer a problem in Baltimore

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That’s right, all that humidity from an hour ago has vanished, replaced by a mass of cold air that hit the humid wall and created — you guessed it — a nice mass of thunderclouds, accompanied by rain and lightining and thunder.
The good news is, I’m told, by Brad Adam of FSN, sitting to my left, that his network honchos have assured him there is nothing behind the current storm system. Meaning, they should get the game in tonight. If they don’t, blame it on him. Nah, just kidding.
By the way, Roy Corcoran could be back up with the team later this week. The Mariners want to see Corcoran get at least one more rehab outing in for Class AAA, then could bring him up on Thursday. Corcoran still has work to do, but if he’s used in Denny Stark’s former mopup role for now, he can pitch sparingly and get that added improvement in on the side.
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There is a corresponding move the Mariners want to make, and would have by now had the catching situation not gotten all cluttered up. So, once Corcoran is ready, they will make that move and send someone down to work on some long-term changes. That’s all I can say for now. Sorry to be vague.
I asked Don Wakamatsu about the decision to bench Yuniesky Betancourt yet again and — after trying to term it a “reward” for Ronny Cedeno working hard — the manager stated that Betancourt flat-out has to come to the park “ready to play” on a daily basis.
Does that mean doing things like taking extra BP?
“I think it’s everything,” Wakamatsu answered.
Then, he threw Betancourt a bone.
“I think he’s made changes where he’s been better,” he said.
Just not good enough to get back in the lineup tonight.
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Jamie Burke is in, again, as we mentioned. Wakamatsu said that backup Guillermo Quiroz is still making mechanical changes to his swing. I caught up with Burke a few moments ago and asked whether he was surprised to get the call so soon after being told the team was calling up Quiroz and going “younger” in its approach.
“I didn’t think I was going to get that call,” Burke said. “But again, the game is wierd that way. You never know what’s going to happen.”
The conversation with Wakamatsu two weeks ago in Oakland, about the team going younger, did give Burke reason for pause.
“I started to understand that I’m getting older,” he said. “Obviously, youth is important to teams. I sat back and thought about it. It made me think about it. Also, the age I’m at, you realize you might only have a couple of good years left, so you can’t waste time sitting around and moping about things.
“With my body, I feel I can still play,” he said. “I feel I’ve really matured in my career and can help a team with things I do as a backup. I just try to focus on my preparation, to do the things I have to in order to be ready when I do get that call.”

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