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June 17, 2009 at 10:55 PM

Closing the book on an eventful Wednesday

To start things off, here’s Ryan Rowland-Smith’s pitching line from his rehab start in Portland: 6 1/3 innings, 9 hits, 5 runs, 5 earned runs, 1 BB, 4 K. Will that finally earn him the call? I don’t know. With Garrett Olson’s strong outing tonight, there doesn’t seem to be an rotation opening for him, even with Erik Bedard going on the DL. We’ll see what Wakamatsu says tomorrow.
Having walked back to my hotel and reflected on what I wrote, I want to clarify. There is a potential rotation opening, of course — the one currently belonging to Brandon Morrow. No doubt his performance Thursday will go a long way toward determining what step the Mariners take next with Morrow — keeping him in their rotation, or sending him to Tacoma, as once was the plan.
I’m going to keep this very brief, because it’s going to be a quick turnaround (tomorrow’s getaway-day game starts at 12:35 p.m.
Wakamatsu said that he thought Ken Griffey Jr. took some of the best swings he’s taken all year. He said Griffey made an adjusment that helps him use the whole ballpark, witnessed by his opposite-field double. He believes that bodes well for Griffey’s future performance.
Mike Carp admitted he was going for broke on that big swing he took 1-0 in his major-league-debut. He figured the pitcher didn’t want to fall behind 2-0 and would come in wtih a fastball.
“I was trying to lose one real fast there,” he said.
The Mariners have now beaten the Padres 10 straight games in San Diego. The Padres have lost 13 in a row in interleague. It will be Brandon Morrow against Josh Geer — yes, THE Josh Geer — tomorrow as the Mariners go for the sweep.,
And that’s it for me tonight. See you in a few hours.

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