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July 28, 2009 at 6:50 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Blue Jays, July 28

UPDATE 8:46 P.M.: The Mariners knocked out Rzepcyznski (my fingers thank them) and have given Washburn a bit of a cushion with two here in the sixth, and one more in scoring position with just one out. Chris Shelton had an RBI double, and Jack Hannahan an RBI single.
UPDATE 8:23 P.M. (BOTTOM OF FIFTH): One run might have to be enough for Washburn. Rzepczynski has retired 11 straight, seven by strikeout. 1-0 Mariners.
UPDATE 8:07 P.M.: Zeppy strikes out the side for Toronto — that’s seven whiffs through four innings for a guy that had struck out 22 in 22 1/3 innings coming in. Overall this season, including the minors, he has fanned 104 in 87 innings, so it’s clear he’s got the ability to rack up the Ks.
UPDATE 8 P.M. (MIDDLE OF FOURTH): Washburn: four innings, 42 pitches. He could pitch 11 innings at that rate. 1-0 Mariners.
UPDATE 7:49 P.M. (MIDDLE OF THIRD): Washburn certainly isn’t doing his trade value any harm. On top of the seven scoreless (two hits) he had last time out in Detroit, he’s added three more shutout innings (one bloop hit). He’s working on a streak of four straight starts with one or zero earned runs allowed in 9, 7, 6.2 and 7 innings of work. Impressive. 1-0 Mariners.
UPDATE 7:41 P.M. (BOTTOM OF SECOND): Nice bit of pitching by Zeppy, striking out
Michael Saunders and Ronny Cedeno with one out and runner on second and third. 1-0 Mariners.
UPDATE 7:23 P.M. (BOTTOM OF FIRST): The M’s score a classic small-ball run — infield single by Ichiro,balk, sacrifice, and ground out to the right side by Mike Sweeney. The 1965 Dodgers would be proud. 1-0.
By the way, game time temperature was 87 degrees, which doesn’t crack the Safeco Field top 10 heat index. But tomorrow should be No. 1, if the forecasts are accurate. The Mariners say they will keep the roof open, because it’s actually cooler with it open than closed.
UPDATE 7:12 P.M., MIDDLE OF FIRST: Michael Saunders just turned in the first “web gem” of his major-league career, leaping high over the left-field wall to rob Vernon Wells of a home run. 0-0.
Lots of scouts in attendance today — the Twins, Phillies, Yankees, Brewers, and Rangers are represented, among others.
The last name of Blue Jays pitcher Marc Rzepczynski, for the record, is pronounced Zep-Chin-Ski. Just the way it looks. Former lightweight boxing champ Greg “Mutt” Haugen is throwing out the first pitch. In a touching tribute to Tony Bernazard, he’ll do it shirtless.
All’s quiet on the Roy Halladay front, by the way. On the surface, anyway. I’m sure it’s very loud behind the scenes. But it doesn’t sound like anything will get done today. J.P Ricciardi, the Toronto GM, has backed off of having today be the deadline to get a deal done. I have a feeling this one will go down to the wire.
Blue Jays
Marco Scutaro SS
Aaron Hill 2B
Vernon Wells CF
Scott Rolen 3B
Alex Rios RF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Kevin Millar DH
Jose Bautista LF
Raul Chavez C
LHP Marc Rzepcynski
Ichiro RF
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Mike Sweeney DH
Chris Shelton 1B
Jack Hannahan 3B
Rob Johnson C
Chris Woodward 2B
Michael Saunders LF
Ronny Cedeno SS
LHP Jarrod Washburn

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