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September 18, 2010 at 8:31 PM

Rangers 6, Mariners 1: Cliff Lee his usual self at Safeco Field

The good news in this one? Um, the M’s finally gave Cliff Lee some run support?
Yeah, too bad he pitches for the other guys now! But six runs off Mariners pitching was going to be more than enough for Lee on a night he struck out eight, walked only one and scattered six hits over eight innings.
Yes, Lee appears to be peaking again at just the right time. This was his second consecutive outing of eight innings. He’d gone five starts in a row without going eight — only one of those starts being seven innings or more — before being sidelined with back issues. But an injection appeared to take care of that. And Lee took care of the Mariners.
OK, some good news. Uh, Justin Smoak. He nearly tore Lee’s head off with a line drive single. Good confidence booster for Smoak against the guy he was traded for.
Hey, the M’s had their chances, putting runners at second and third with none out in the fifth inning of a 3-0 game. As Daren Brown likes to say, he wants his team putting itself in a position to do something in games. The M’s did just that. No, they didn’t finish. But they haven’t finished all year.
Otherwise? You were better off watching football.
No, seriously. You were.

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