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September 15, 2010 at 12:28 AM

A baker’s dozen post-game observations from Tuesday’s 9-6 M’s loss

And no, I don’t mean Geoff Baker.
1, The Mariners are now 55-90, the fourth time they have lost 90 or more games since 2004 (with 17 games still to play). The only other teams with at least four 90-loss seasons in that span: Pirates (6), Royals (5), Orioles (4), Nationals/Expos (4), Rays (4). Not good company to keep, except for the powerhouse Rays, who dramatically transformed their organization in 2008.
2, Next time Daisuke Matsuzaka is scheduled to face the M’s, I’m calling in sick. Watching him work is excruciating. He’s the anti-Buehrle.
3, It was fun to see the top of the Seattle order “pressurize” the Red Sox, as Don Wakamatsu used to put it. Ichiro and Chone Figgins combined for seven hits, five runs and three stolen bases.
4, Want a race to follow the rest of the year? Figgins and Ichiro each have 39 steals. Who’s going to lead the team? We might be looking back at the ninth inning Tuesday, when Ichiro took second against an inattentive Jonathan Papelbon. Official scorer Dan Peterson originally ruled defensive indifference, then changed the call to stolen base. Could be pivotal.
5, Here’s a race you can follow at your own peril: the Mariners’ RBI leader for 2010. It’s wide open among Franklin Gutierrez (56), Casey Kotchman (51), and Jose Lopez (50).
6, Joe DiMaggio had 53 RBI in August of 1939.
7, Ichiro now has 189 hits. I wouldn’t be surprised if he reaches 200 on this homestand.
8, Speaking of Ichiro, he had scored three runs, total, in his previous 16 games, despite going 22 for 71. He scored four runs tonight.
9, Brandon League on the pitch that David Ortiz hit for the decisive three-run homer in the eighth: “It was a perfect example when your sinker doesn’t sink.”
10, Ortiz had one homer in April. I thought he was done. You probably thought he was done. Well, the homer was Big Papi’s 30th, to go with 91 RBI.
11, The Mariners never should have let David Arias get away.
12, It was kind of sad watching the Mariners run wild on Jason Varitek, but he got the last laugh by nailing Figgins twice, once at third, once at second. Except Figgins was safe the second time.
13, Was that really Rich Hill getting the win for the Red Sox? That Rich Hill? Yes, it was. He faced one batter in his Boston debut – – his first appearance in the majors since July 27, 2009 with the Orioles.

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