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Archives: March 2008

March
31st

Opening day lineups

Texas Rangers (0-0):

12 Ramon Vazquez 2B

10 Michael Young SS

32 Josh Hamilton CF

9 Hank Blalock 3B

21 Milton Bradley DH

22 Marlon Byrd RF

7 David Murphy LF

15 Gerald Laird C

23 Ben Broussard 1B

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33 Kevin Millwood RHP



Seattle Mariners (0-0):

51 Ichiro Suzuki CF

4 Jose Lopez 2B

28 Raul Ibanez LF

44 Richie Sexson 1B

29 Adrian Beltre 3B

6 Brad Wilkerson RF

3 Jose Vidro DH

2 Kenji Johjima

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March
30th

You make the predictions … with 50 questions to answer.

We’re coming live to you from the Las Vegas airport as I await to catch a late flight back to Seattle on Sunday evening. Gambling report: (down about 600), thanks to some idiot who didn’t know how to be the black jack anchor and a few hours to kill today. Sleep report: about eight hours in two days.


UPDATE: the good folks of that airline that rhymes with Who Us Care just informed me our flight is delayed. What’s the over/under on the number of times I fly with said company in the future —


First

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March
29th

The roster is set — Mariners go with 11-man staff (updates in progress)

It’s a good thing I didn’t make a bet on how the roster would shape out because I would have lost plenty of money like any fan who’s team played Davidson in the NCAA tournament.


OK, here’s what happened….. McLaren will go with an 11-man pitching staff. Greg Norton and R.A. Dickey have been sent to Triple A. In order for the Mariners to send Dickey down, they had to trade Jair Fernandez to the Minnesota Twins, since Dickey was a Rule V Draft pick up. Mike Morse, Charlton Jimerson and Cha Seung Baek are on the team.


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March
28th

Morrow, Reed optioned out.

McLaren announced that reliever Brandon Morrow and outfielder Jeremy Reed will be optioned out immediately. Morrow will be sent to Double A West Tennessee with its warmer climate, while Reed will be sent back to Triple A Tacoma for the second consecutive year.


"Morrow is just not quite ready yet," McLaren said. "He hasn’t pitched back-to-back yet. His velocity is great, but he’s having problem with his delivery."


Indeed, McLaren saw first hand on Thursday night in San Francisco when Morrow walked the bases loaded to start his only inning of work. And while he got out of

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March
28th

Viva Mac Vegas!!!!!!! (Updates in progress)


Well, I made it here finally. I just want to give a big thanks to the people of the airline that rhymes with Who Us Care? Actually, you probably save me at least 200 or 300 on the black jack table.


Also, they caused me to miss the McLaren pregame meeting, which the lovely Shannon Drayer told me “Mac didn’t say anything.” And apparently he didn’t. But he did hint that possibly there could be roster moves tonight, but most of us don’t think the final roster won’t be decided till the

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March
28th

A programming note — and you make the call.

Alright, I’m sitting here in the San Francisco airport, since my flight this morning to Vegas was cancelled.


I’m not going to name air line, but it rhymes with Few S Care. It’s also the same airline that will be charging people 25 bucks for checking in a second bag, starting in May. Needless to say, I won’t be flying Pew S. Hair, anymore.


I’ve gotten a few questions from some people that I plan on answering, and no I won’t be doing it on video. No need to frighten people with my massive cranium on video.

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March
27th

We’re live from AT&T Park in San Francisco!!!!


For Snydro, I wasn’t in Peoria this morning to see the game or meet with McLaren, I flew out this morning at 7 a.m. and got to San Fran around nine. Like some of the other writers, I’m trying to finish up some stuff for our special baseball preview that kind of took precedent over blogging at the time, plus I knew I’d be blogging from the game. It’s not a question of being lazy, it’s a matter of prioritizing.


Anyway, I posted some pictures of AT&T Park. I have to say

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March
27th

Wei Wang going to High Desert

There’s pretty much no way I could write that headline without drawing smirks or comments from people so why even bother.


Here’s the release from the Mariners…


PEORIA, Ariz. – Seattle Mariners Director of Player Development Greg Hunter announced today that catcher Wei Wang has been assigned to the High Desert (A) Mavericks club in the California League.


Wang, who was signed as a non-drafted free agent on June 20, 2007, will report to High Desert for the start of the season.


The Mariners have also already granted permission for Wang to re-join the Chinese

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