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June 27, 2009 at 6:53 PM

Game thread, June 27, Mariners vs. Dodgers (with Bedard update)

UPDATE :9:31 P.M.:(MIDDLE OF EIGHTH): Joe Torre just intentionally walked .121 hitting Ronny Cedeno. Will wonders never cease. Felix Hernandez is coming to the plate.
UPDATE 9:30: P.M. Felix is in the on-deck circle, so it looks like he’s staying in for the eighth.
uPDATE 9:16 P.M.: Just crossed paths with Vin Scully in the restroom. Thought you’d want to know.
UPDATE 9:10 P.M.: (MIDDLE OF SEVENTH): Beltre just grounded a single to left, moving Ichiro to second. It could be his final hit for awhile.
UPDATE 8:55 P.M. (MIDDLE OF SIXTH): Cedeno is up with two outs and Gutierrez on second. I wonder if the Wakamatsu took a page out of Tony La Russa’s book and batted Felix Hernandez eigthth and Cedeno ninth if Joe Torre would have walked Felix intentionally to get to Cedeno. He is absolutely lost at the plate — striking out to end the threat. The average is .117.
UPDATE 8:45 P.M. (BOTTOM OF FIFTH): A nice 11-pitch inning for Felix. He has 81 total through five. James McDonald is on the mound for the Dodgers. And word from P.R. director Tim Hevly that outfielder James McOwen wasted no time, doubling in the first inning to run his hitting streak to a California league record-tying 35 games.
UPDATE 8:41 P.M. (BOTTOM OF FIFTH): Eric Milton is out of the game. Brad Ausmus is pinch-hitting to start the inning.
UPDATE 8:34 P.M.: Correction of the item that said Griffey tied Thome for most interleague homers with 55. Thome snuck in No. 56 yesterday.
UPDATE 8:32 (END OF FOURTH): Great 1-2-3 inning by Felix, aided by a nice diving catch by Franklin Gutierrez on James Loney’s sinking liner.
UPDATE 8:21 P.M.: My mistake: There were two outs on Blake’s ball, so scratch the double play. Felix got out of the jam without further damage. 4-1 Mariners.
UPDATE 8:18 P.M.: Tough break for Felix as Ichiro can’t grab Casey Blake’s sinking liner while on his knees. The ball glanced off his glove for an error. If he had caught it, it was an easy inning-ending double play, because Orlando Hudson, the runner at first, had already rounded second. But a run scored and runners are on the corners with one out. 4-1 Mariners.
UPDATE 8:01 P.M.: Ken Griffey just blasted career homer No. 620 to right, on a 1-1 pitch from his former Reds’ teammate Eric Milton. Tomorrow, I’ll blog about Griffey and my shirt — trust me, it’s amusing, at my expense. This was Griffey’s 55th interleague homer, tying him with Jim Thome for the all-time lead. It’s 4-0 Mariners, and Milton is getting battered.
UPDATE 7:56 P.M. (MIDDLE OF THIRD): Branyan delivers his first triple of the year, and eighth of his career, into the right-field corner to score Ichiro. 2-0 Seattle. The game was delayed because James Loney apparently had something in his eye.
UPDATE 7:52 P.M.: Ichiro singles to center, and now has seven consecutive multi-hit games, matching his career high (2007, 2003, and 2001). He’s now hitting .375.
UPDATE 7:40 P.M.: (MIDDLE OF SECOND: Eric Milton has four strikeouts through two innings, but at least the Mariners have the lead, 1-0.
UPDATE 7;37 P.M. (MIDDLE OF SECOND): The very last thing the Mariners need is for Franklin Gutierrez to get hurt. The trainer went out to look at him after he stumbled going around second on an RBI double, but he stayed in the game. And looked fine taking third after Rob Johnson’s fly to third.
UPDATE 7:25 P.M: Jack Zduriencik and scouting director Tom McNamara are sitting in the first row behind home plate, which is not news. The news is who is sitting with them: Agent Scott Boras. Zduriencik mentioned before the game he was having dinner with Boras. He said he had been expecting the topic of conversation to be No. 1 draft pick Dustin Ackley, a Boras client, but noted that now they will also discuss the status of Adrian Beltre, who is going to undergo shoulder surgery.
UPDATE 7:20 (MIDDLE OF FIRST): That wasn’t an auspicioius start. Ichiro led off wtih a double down the first-base line, and he didn’t move. Beltre crushed a ball to the center, but Matt Kemp (I start to type Shawn Kemp EVERY SINGLE TIME) hauled it in at the wall. Griffey struck out looking to end the inning.
Erik Bedard, out since June 7 with shoulder inflammation, threw a bullpen session before today’s game. He threw 40 to 45 pitches.
“He said he felt as good as he has in a long time,” Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said.
Rather than have Bedard throw a simulated game,as originally planned, Bedard will instead throw another bullpen session in a few days, raising his pitch count. Bedard is scheduled to return to the rotation in Boston, but Wakamatsu left open the possibility that he might be pushed back — again — until he can go deeper in a game. They apparently don’t want another Brandon Morrow situation.
“We have to decide whether we want to piggy-back him in Boston on a 60-pitch count, or stretch him out further so we don’t have to do that,” Wakamatsu said. “We still have to discuss that some more.”
Here are the matchups for the Yankees’ series: Brandon Morrow vs. Joba Chamberlain on Tuesday, Jarrod Washburn vs. Andy Pettitte on Wednesday, and Jason Vargas vs. CC Sabathia on Thursday.
Enjoy Adrian Beltre tonight. You won’t be seeing him again for a long time.
Ichiro RF
Russell Branyan 1B
Adrian Beltre 3B
Ken Griffey Jr. LF
Jose Lopez 2B
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Rob Johnson C
Ronny Cedeno SS
Felix Hernandez P
Juan Pierre LF
Rafael Furcal SS
Orlando Hudson 2B
Casey Blake 3B
Andre Ethier RF
James Loney 1B
Russell Martin C
Matt Kemp CF
Eric Milton P



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