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July 5, 2010 at 10:34 PM

Royals 6, Mariners 4: bullpen blows one for Felix Hernandez

Not much more to say about this game. The Mariners and Felix Hernandez had a two-run lead entering the eighth that Brandon League frittered away and then failed to score in the bottom of that inning with runners at second and third and none out.
Do that and you won’t win very often. And the M’s did not.
They gave up two runs in the 10th, the first coming on a single by onetime M’s shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt. Yeah, that hurts. Then, a wild-pitch moved the Yuni-Bomber into scoring position and you just knew that the run would score even before Scott Podsednik blooped a ball into center.
You know what? The M’s don’t deserve to contend this year based on all the runs they’ve given up after passed balls and wild pitches. If you’re wondering why the team has been seeking some catching help in the Cliff Lee deal, you’ve had ample examples why.
Yeah, Josh Bard did a nice job earlier in the inning of throwing out the runner on a steal attempt. But too many pitches have gotten by too many catchers this year.
So, in the Lee deal, yes, I could see the Mariners trading for Wilson Ramos if Class A outfielder Aaron Hicks is included in the deal. Who knows? The trade could even get bigger. I keep hearing it could be a three-for-two swap, which would make sense if former No. 1 draft pick, pitcher Kyle Gibson, is thrown in by Minnesota.
You’d expect the Twins to want somebody back and that could be a reliever like David Aardsma or Brandon League. Maybe even Jose Lopez added in there in a 3-for-3 swap.
We’ll see. But this could get very interesting the next 24 hours or so.

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