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August 17, 2011 at 11:01 PM

UPDATED: Brandon Morrow makes triumphant return to Seattle

If you missed Geoff Baker Live! earlier (see video replay above), we gave you a rundown of today’s Safeco Field visit by draft picks Danny Hultzen and Brad Miller, as well as the arrival of Chance Ruffin from Detroit as the player-to-be-named in the Doug Fister deal. Someone wanted to know whether Ruffin’s inclusion changed my view of the Doug Fister trade. Somebody asked me who my biggest “surprise” player is from 2011. Here’s a hint: the guys with a 17-game hitting streak.
Brandon Morrow owned the Mariners tonight, striking out 12 batters in six innings while allowing just a run on three hits.
He also hit Casper Wells on the tip of the nose with a pitch up and in. X-Rays taken found no broken bones in the nose but there is no word yet on when Wells will be able to play again.
“It just felt like my nose fell off pretty much,” said Wells, who is listed as day-to-day. “I had a little bit of a headache. I couldn’t see, which was scary. My eyes got all watered up and I couldn’t see what was going on. It felt like it squared me up right in the face. But watching the replay, I kind of got out of the way.
“It was just really scary more than anything. Coming right at my face and I just couldn’t get out of the way of it.”
This 5-1 game was over pretty early.


The Blue Jays tagged Blake Beavan for three home runs in the first four innings to go up 5-0. By that point, the way Morrow was pitching, the M’s looked done.
Morrow had the M’s guessing on his pitches for most of the night and swinging through the ones they actually made an attempt at.
Franklin Gutierrez had some solid at-bats and drove in Ichiro with a double in the sixth for the only Seattle run. The Mariners also got a look at newcomer Chance Ruffin in a perfect eighth inning.
But these last two nights were a little too easy for the visitors. Seattle didn’t get much from their starters on either night.
Beavan was especially displeased with the 0-2 pitch that Adam Lind jacked over the left field wall for a three-run homer in the third inning.
“It was just a terrible pitch,” Beavan said. “I did him a favor by giving him a fastball right over the plate instead of hitting my spot. That’s kind of been the case my last two starts. Just missing location too much.”
Anyhow, the Blue Jays wind up taking two of three. The Mariners get a needed off-fay tomorrow before beginning a series in Tampa Bay. We’ll see whether Wells is in the lineup, or needs a few more days off.

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