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Archives: April 2008

April
27th

GAME THOUGHTS: A’s vs. Mariners, April 27th

I will say that my recliner is a little more comfortable than the press box.


3:14 — Snydro, Felix was at 115 pitches and scuffling a little. he’d walked a couple guys and gave up a cheap broken bat hit.


3:07 — When the Mariners lose this game, they will look at the first three innings where they got only one run but had runners on every inning as the reason for it.


2:35 — Another butchered ball by Jack Cust in left field and more improbably they give Wilkerson a hit on it, no word

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April
27th

Lineups and pregame thoughts, April 27th

We’re coming to you live from Casa De Divish – a disaster of epic proportions. Doug Pacey is giving me a day off as I prepare for my sojourn to Cleveland and New York next week.


So like some of you, I’ll be watching the game on FSN today. But I’ll still be posting some thoughts from home. Doug is going to e-mail a few notes from the game and I’ll post them since he doesn’t have access to this blog for some reason. That will change in the future.


If you look at today’s line-up, Greg

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April
26th

GAME THOUGHTS: A’s vs. Mariners, April 26th

Well, we’re coming live from Safeco, albeit a little delayed. We were plagued by some slow internet connections in the press box. They’ve rebooted the system and hopefully it’s moving along a little faster.



Things to get to before game updates, Greg Norton replaced Jose Vidro in the lineup at DH. I think this could be happening more and more as the season goes on. Jamie Burke is in for Kenji Johjima. Joh was going to sit either today or tomorrow. But since he got hit in the forearm last night with a pitch, Mac is

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April
26th

Pregame thoughts and linkage, April 26th –

I got to the field early, and got to see two groups of people on tours roll through, watch Rich Harden throw his simulated game – he didn’t get hurt throwing – but you never know about showering or getting onto the team bus. Right now, Richie Sexson, Brad Wilkerson and Willie Bloomquist are taking extra batting practice. I don’t see Jose Vidro. Maybe he doesn’t think he needs it. I think there might be a few people that disagree.


I didn’t do it on my postgame blog, but last night as I sipped on a few cocktails

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April
26th

Postgame thoughts at 1 a.m.

From stevejulio: Is McLaren even able to stay awake until the 9th inning?? It seems to me that on Wednesday vs. the Orioles and Friday against the A’s we were down 1 in the bottom of the 9th with Ichiro getting on to lead off the inning. He says Ichiro can steal 80 bases so why dont we steal and then have Lopez bunt him to third?? Then we can hit our trademark sac fly to tie it. Am I the only one thinking this??


No Stevejulio. Almost all of us were wondering what was going on. With the

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April
25th

GAME THOUGHTS: A’s vs. Mariners, April 25th

Another crisp night at Safeco Field, and I’m trying to get some blog thoughts on the Johjima signing, along with my game notebook and other stuff. But I will still be offering up my thoughts for whatever they’re worth.


GAME UPDATES START HERE:

9:58 — Joh signs a 24 million dollar contract earlier in the day and gets pinch hit for later that night. Runners first and second, one out and Wilkerson up, any thoughts of what might happen??? I’m guessing 4-6-3, or 6-4-3, I just can’t decide the order.


Ok, if I’m Bob Geren

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April
25th

What does the Johjima signing mean …


For Kenji, according to the AP, it means eight million a year over the next three years.


On the surface it also appears that Jeff Clement is not going to be the everyday catcher of the future. And I guess on some level that’s correct.


Does it mean that Clement is not part of the Mariners immediate plans? Not hardly. During the press conference, general manager Bill Bavasi maintained Clement’s importance to the Mariners.


“This doesn’t change Jeff’s track to the big leagues much, because Jeff’s track to

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April
25th

Johjima signs 3-year extension

The Mariners announced today they have agreed to terms with catcher Kenji Johjima on a three-year contract extension.


Johjima, who was eligible for free agency at the end of this season, is now signed through 2011. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.


“As an organization, we view quality Major League catching as a scarce commodity,” general manager Bill Bavasi said in a statement released by the team. “This extension allows us to feel very comfortable with our catching depth for the foreseeable future.”


Johjima, 31, ranked third in hits (139), fourth in average

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