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September 19, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Texas Rangers at Mariners: Sept. 19, 2010 game thread

Ryan Langerhans just tripled to right field and came home to score the go-ahead run on a single by Josh Wilson. So, make it 2-1 for the Mariners as we head to the eighth inning. Brandon League is now on after Doug Fister managed to go seven innings, allowing just the one run on nine scattered hits.
So, I’m sitting here in the pressbox covering the game and I get a phone call from my better half, Amy, who is off on a business trip today and was at the Delta lounge at SeaTac Airport.
“Ever heard of someone named Gordie Howe?” she asks.
Uh, yeah, I replied, naming his hometown, the names of his kids, the fact that he was the NHL’s all-time scoring leader until Wayne Gretzky came along, that he played in the NHL into his fifties, etc.
So, she actually puts “Mr. Hockey” on the phone and we start shooting the breeze for the next five minutes about Canada and other stuff. I asked him what brought him to Seattle and he tells me “The pretty blonde who just put me on the phone with you.”
Good to see a guy in his 80s still has a sense of humor. Told him to keep his elbows away from her and he laughed (like he hasn’t heard that joke eight million times). Told me he was in Seattle for a fundraiser.
For those of you baseball purists who can’t stand the thought of anything hockey on someone else’s blog, it was about the equivalent of having Babe Ruth get on the horn.
Anyhow, if nothing else, Jeff at Lookout Landing will appreciate it, even if he is a Senators fan.
Yes, the Mariners, for the seven zillionth time this year, are still scoreless as we head to the bottom of the third.

2:55 p.m.: Seattle tied it up 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth as Chone Figgins singled off the second base bag and then came around to score on a double to left by Franklin Gutierrez. Matt Treanor had the plate blocked as the throw came in and Figgins thought he’d gotten his hand on it as he tried to slide around the Rangers catcher.
The ball rolled away from Treanor as Figgins picked himself off the dirt and prepared to jog back to the dugout.
But when plate umpire Gary Cederstrom failed to make a call, Figgins alertly hustled back and touched the plate. Only then was he called safe.
2:38 p.m.: Texas just took a 1-0 lead in the sixth inning on a solo homer to left by Nelson Cruz. The good news for Doug Fister is that it was only a solo shot. Vladimir Guerrero had led th inning off with a liner over the head of Ryan Langerhans in left that went off the wall. But Langerhans played the carom perfectly and fired a strike to second to nab Guerrero.
That made it only a solo homer for Cruz. Texas followed with singles by Ian Kinsler and Mitch Moreland to put runners at the corners with one out. But Matt Treanor hit a ball right to Jose Lopez, who fired home from third to nab the lead runner. Julio Borbon then grounded out to first baseman Justin Smoak, who flipped to a covering Fister.
The Mariners got a runner to second base with one out in the fifth — the first time today they’ve had anyone in scoring position — but came up empty again.
Fellow Canadian Michael Saunders made a nice, leaping catch at the center field wall. Have a feeling Saunders will like my Gordie Howe story.
1:07 p.m.: Two weeks to go in the season and the Mariners need a 7-7 record to avoid 100 losses. We’ve got Jose Lopez back in the clean-up spot this afternoon, with Justin Smoak again batting fifth.
Russell Branyan is still out. He’ll get tomorrow’s off-day as well as should be ready for the Toronto series. Frankling Gutierrez gets a rest today as the DH, leaving Ryan Langerhans a chance to play in left field while Michael Saunders moves to center.
Had a chance to speak to Sean White, who has been AWOL (from our sightlines, at least) since Sept. 1. White told me he has stiffness in his forearm but was going to play catch today and hopes to see some action before the end of the season.
The M’s have gone eight consecutive series without a series win. It will be nine straight, going back to last month’s trip to Baltimore, if they don’t beat the Rangers this afternoon.

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