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March 19, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Mariners at Texas Rangers: March 19, 2011 game thread

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Well, Justin Miller was almost out of the eighth, but Omar Quintanilla — a former University of Texas star — hit a two-run, two-out homer to center off him to give the Rangers an 8-6 lead.
Here’s a Doug Fister pitching line from a Class AAA game against the Padres today. Fister allowed four runs — two earned — on five hits with five strikeouts, two walks and two hit batters in a 90-pitch effort.
Some bad news to report on the pitching front as far as prospects go: Mauricio Robles will undergo elbow surgery on Tuesday to remove loose bodies from it. The elbow bothered Robles this spring and he was clearly not what the team expected.
Robles will have to wait four weeks to start throwing again. Expect him to start being effective in games by late May or early June.

3:23 p.m.: Seattle entered the eighth inning without an extra base hit all day, but just made up for it in a big hurry to score four runs and tie the game 6-6. Adam Moore led off with a double and then, with two out, the M’s hit three consecutive home runs in a five-pitch span.
Adam Kennedy drove the first pitch by Darren O’Day over the right field wall for a two-run homer. Then, Mike Wilson hit the very next offering over the center field wall. Finally, Jack Cust worked the count to 2-0, then powered the next offering over the right field fence.
That’s what power can do for you. I’d say O’Day had some location issues as well.
2:58 p.m.: Make it a 6-2 lead for the Rangers after Kevin Cash came into the game and hit a solo home run off Cesar Jimenez in the bottom of the sixth. I remember covering Cash with the Blue Jays when he broke into the majors a decade ago. He’s a pretty small, not very muscular guy, but used to hit a ton of batting practice home runs. None during games, mind you.
This was his first homer of the spring. The M’s have five hits through six innings, none for extra bases and three by Jack Wilson.
2:41 p.m.: Still a 5-2 lead for the Rangers as we enter the sixth inning. Tom Wilhelmsen got through the fourth unscathed and Cesar Jimenez allowed just a Michael Young single in a scoreless fifth. Jack Wilson just opened the sixth with his third single of the game.
2:14 p.m.: Midway through the fourth, we have the M’s trailing the Rangers 5-2. Seattle got a pair back in the third inning after a leadoff walk to Luis Rodriguez, a single by Michael Saunders and then a walk to Adam Moore loaded the bases with none out. Jack Wilson singled (again) to drive in one run and then a sac fly by Brendan Ryan brought another in.
But Franklin Gutierrez grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end things there.
Texas scored a run off Tom Wilhelmsen in the bottom of the frame. With two out and none on, Michael Young walked and Nelson Cruz doubled to the left field corner to bring him home. It took Saunders some time to get to the ball.
1:49 p.m.: Well, so far, “Bullpen Day” this afternoon is looking a lot like “Bullpen Day” in yesterday’s ninth inning. Fabio Castro retired the side in order in the first inning, but got pounded for four runs on five hits in the second — including two doubles and a triple.
Adrian Beltre led off with a single, Michael Young walked and then Castro appeared to have his escape hatch when Nelson Cruz grounded into a 1-4-3 double-play. But alas, David Murphy doubled to left past a diving Michael Saunders, Matt Treanor tripled past diving right fielder Ryan Langerhans, Mitch Moreland blooped a single to center and Ian Kinsler doubled past diving center fielder Franklin Gutierrez.
At least the M’s will have some grass stains to show for the inning. They trail 4-0.
Saunders just lined a single to left to put two on with none out in the third, Saunders needs all the hits he can get to still have a shot at making this team out of spring training.
1:16 p.m.: Jack Wilson led off the game with a single up the middle, but then was caught stealing. Brendan Ryan struck out and Franklin Gutierrez popped out foul down the right field line. Rangers now coming up against Fabio Castro.
12:59 p.m.: Happy Bullpen Day! The Mariners will throw Fabio Castro and a bunch of other bullpen arms at the Texas Rangers today as they try to figure out exactly who belongs in the relief corps other than Brandon League.
The lineups:
SS Jack Wilson
‘2B Brendan Ryan
CF Franklin Gutierrez
DH Jack Cust
1B Justin Smoak
RF Ryan Langerhans
3B Luis Rodriguez
LF Michael Saunders
C Adam Moore
LHP Fabio Castro
DH Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
CF Josh Hamilton
3B Adrian Beltre
2B Michael Young
RF Nelson Cruz
LF David Murphy
C Matt Treanor
1B Mitch Moreland
RHP Neftali Feliz

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