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June 13, 2009 at 5:19 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Rockies, June 13

7:23 p.m. (MIDDLE OF FIFTH): Beltre is torrid right now. Griffey…is not.
7:02 p.m.: (BOTTOM OF FOURTH): Morrow out, Jakubauskas in. Morrow’s line: 3 ip, 3 h, 1 r, 1 er, 4 BB, 4 K.
6:51 p.m.: (END OF THIRD): Morrow’s night is over, I’m sure. He threw 64 pitches, and that got him through only three innings. Morrow yielded three hits and walked four — a real lousy WHIP. But he struck out four, showing that his stuff is electric, if he can just improve his command. I’d recommend a trip to Tacoma to work on that.
6:30 P.M. (END OF 2ND): Rough inning for Morrow, who threw 29 pitches and struggled mightily with his control. There’s no excuse for walking the pitcher with the bases loaded. He has 41 pitches already, which means only 19 left (although there’s probably a little wiggle room). No question the M’s bullpen will be taxed tonight. Jakubauskas will be a true long man.
6:11 P.M. (MIDDLE OF 2ND): Jason Marquis saved a run with a very nice play, coming off the mound to bare-hand Gutierrez’s tapper and throw out Jose Lopez coming home from third. Can’t blame Lopez for trying to score on that one, especially with the pitcher up next. It took a perfect play to nail him.
UPDATE 6:02 P.M.: Remember yesterday’s note about how Morrow had to average 12 pitches an inning to reach his goal of five innings,considering his 60-pitch limit? Well,guess how many he had in the first: 12. And six of those were to the first hitter, Dexter Fowler, who worked the count full before singling. But Fowler was erased on a double play,and Todd Helton grounded out. So far, so good.
UPDATE 5:56 P.M. (MIDDLE OF FIRST): With his double, Adrian Beltre is hitting .376 (32-for-85) over his last 21-plus games, with six doubles and two homers. But he died at second as Griffey grounded out to second. Did you know that Rockies’ starter Jason Marquis is tied for the NL lead with eight wins?
In case you missed it, the game will start at 6;50 p.m. (5:50 Seattle time). The storm has passed, for now.
Ken Griffey Jr. gets the start in left for just the second time in his career. The other one was Aug. 23, 2002, at Houston, while he was with the Reds.
“See how fast they changed that — the next day, I was in center,” he said.
Griffey has played four previous games in the outfield this year, all in right and none since April 12.
“You’re all making too big a deal of this,” he said in mock anger. “I’ve done this my whole life.”
Griffey added that he’s not concerned about his defense.
“Someone in the dirt area has messed up before it got to me,” he joked. “I didn’t have a hand on the ball until I went to pick it up.”
Brandon Morrow will be the one in the “dirt area” tonight, his first start since Sept. 26 of last season, when he beat Oakland. It wasn’t exactly a gem, however. Morrow gave up six runs in five innings, but left with a 10-6 lead and the M’s won 10-8.
Roy Corcoran is active for the first time since April 30, when he strained his neck. The time off allowed his arm to heal as well. He had been suffering from biceps tendinitis since spring training. Corcoran had a 7.27 ERA in eight games when he went on the DL.
“I was just hoping it was going to go away and I’d be able to pitch through it,” he said. “It eventually caught up with me, and there wasn’t much else I could do.”
Except rest, which has helped his arm, as well as his neck.
“It doesn’t even bother me,” he said. “I can go out there with peace of mind.”
Ichiro RF
Russ Branyan 1B
Adrian Beltre 3B
Ken Griffey Jr. LF
Jose Lopez 2B
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Jamie Burke C
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Brandon Morrow P
Dexter Fowler CF
Clint Barmes 2B
Todd Helton 1B
Brad Hawpe RF
Ian Stewart 3B
Troy Tulowitzki SS
Carlos Gonzalez LF
Chris Iannetta C
Jason Marquis P



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