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August 28, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Twins, Aug. 28: M’s fall 1-0

MARINERS NINTH:Twins win 1-0. Blackburn walked Chone Figgins with two outs to end his string of 22 straight outs,and Ron Gardenhire called on Brian Fuentes — acquired yesterday from the Angels — to face Russ Branyan. Good call. Fuentes fanned Branyan on four pitches.
TWINS NINTH:League has an easy 1-2-3 inning. M’s have been shut out 11 times this year, tied for most in the AL, but they haven’t yet been blanked 1-0. Let’s see what happens in bottom of ninth.
MARINERS EIGHTH:More of the same: 1-2-3. Blackburn has now recorded 20 straight outs (starting with a double play to end the second after a Ryan Langerhans walk. 1-0 Twins.
TWINS EIGHTH: And another 4-6-3 double play gets White out of a jam. That’s four 4-6-3 DPs today. Try to contain yourself. 1-0 Twins.
(Sean White takes over for Fister in the eighth).
MARINERS SEVENTH:Yawn, 1-2-3 for Blackburn. He’s thrown 72 pitches through seven. The Mariners haven’t had a hit since the first, or a baserunner since the second. 17 in a row retired by Blackburn. 1-0 Twins.
TWINS SEVENTH:Fister rolls through another inning. Delmon Young got a broken-bat single with one out, but two force outs on grounders to Jose Lopez (who barehanded the first one) ended the inning. Fister has allowed six hits and struck out six through seven. It’s 1-0 Twins.
TWINS SIXTH: Fister is pitching a nice game. He walked Jason Kubel with two outs, but got Cuddyer on a dribbler to the mound. Earlier in the inning, he fanned Joe Mauer looking. He has five strike outs. But it’s still 1-0 Twins.
MARINERS FIFTH: Another 1-2-3 inning for Blackburn, who entered the game with a 6.49 ERA. He’s allowed two hits, both in the first inning. He’s retired 11 straight. The only other time he faced the M’s this year, Blackburn gave up 10 hits and five runs in 3 2/3 innings on June 1. 1-0 Twins.
TWINS FIFTH: Delmon Young leads off with an infield single, but Fister retires the next three with no problem. 1-0 Twins.
MARINERS FOURTH: Blackburn has thrown 39 pitches through four innings, which tells you all you need to know. 1-0 Twins.
(For Walla Walla Girl: The game is on FOX).
TWINS THIRD: Fister gives up a run but does a nice job minimizing the damage after a single, double and RBI single by Span to open up the inning. He struck out Tolbert looking, and got the always-dangeorus Joe Mauer to ground into a double play — the third of the game so far. 1-0 Twins.
MARINERS SECOND: Equally quick for Nick Blackburn, as a one-out walk to Langerhans is ereased on a Josh Bard 4-6-3 DP. 0-0.
TWINS SECOND: A very quick inning for Fister, as a leadoff single by Michael Cuddyer is erased by a double play,and Delmon Young is retired on a comebacker. 0-0.
MARINERS FIRST: The M’s rally with two outs but — stop me if you’ve heard this one — they can’t score. A double by Branyan and single by Jose Lopez put runners on the corners,but Kotchman flied out to left for the third out. 0-0.
Update: Hudson’s injury is being called a right ankle strain. He’s day to day.
TWINS FIRST: Orlando Hudson draws a one-out walk but is stranded there by Doug Fister. Hudson injured his right foot or ankle trying to get back to first after a pitch. He stayed in the game, but has just been replaced defensively by Matt Tolbert. 0-0
One quick health update: Milton Bradley, who underwent right knee surgery on Aug. 17 to repair torn lateral meniscus, is progressing well with his rehab, Daren Brown said. There is an outside chance that Bradley could return for the final week of the season, but that’s a longshot. The original prognosis was a four- to six-week recovery.
“Four weeks would put us with about a week left,” Brown said. “If he’s feeling good and everything, you’re looking at maybe four, five, six games. At that point, we’ll have to assess if it’s worth it, or just go into the winter and know he’s healthy. That’s kind of where we’re at with him. To sit here and say, ‘Yeah, he’ll be back the last week,’ I don’t think that’s fair. We still have a long ways to go as far as the rehab process. As I sit here, my thoughts would be probably we’re looking at just making sure he’s healthy going into the winter.”
And one quick anecdote: As the Mariners headed out onto the field for batting practice, Felix Hernandez passed the media in the dugout and said, “Listen, listen” while he ran past. As Felix stood on the field smiling a few moments later, the PA system boomed audio of his grand slam off Johan Santana at Shea Stadium in 2008.

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