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Archives: June 2009

June
27th

Of old cars, goggles and dogs

Southern California has always been home to those who not only see themselves as different but truly are.

Coming out of small restaurant this afternoon, I watched as a couple in their sixties – decked out in riding coats and caps – drove by in a ’30s era convertible.


They hit the ‘ah-ooga’ horn as they went by and the driver tipped his cap.

And that wasn’t even the unusual part.

Sitting in the lap of the woman passenger was a smallish white dog – wearing goggles.

This is what happens to people who

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June
26th

Game 73 – First team to score wins?

Catcher Kenji Johjima is back, but the Mariners lineup won’t have Ken Griffey Jr. or Mike Sweeney in it tonight.

It’s Jason Vargas vs. Clayton Kershaw, and runs may not be free flowing. The Dodgers, like the Mariners, are a bit power impaired with Manny Ramirez out – no one has more homers in their lineup than outfielder Andre Ethier (11).


What they do have is consistent production: five players with 40-or-more RBI. The Mariners have one.

Adrian Beltre talked with doctors before the game about the bone chips in his left shoulder, and repeated what he’s

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June
26th

Life on the bubble: Jamie Burke designated yet again


The Seattle Mariners are making another of their many roster moves today, activating catcher Kenji Johjima from the disabled list.

That means someone must make room for him, so for the third time this season, veteran Jamie Burke has been designated for assignment.


Life on the bubble? Over the next 10 days, Burke will wait to see if any other team in the game wants to claim him, or if the Mariners can trade him – or offer him yet another minor league deal.

Burke is 37, a career

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June
26th

Everyone can look like a star in Los Angeles

No wonder Randy Newman loves this place – no matter what happens in the rest of the world, L.A. remains an island unto itself.

Recession?

At the rental car counter, where the News Tribune in its wisdom had reserved a Saturn vehicle, the clerk tried to pitch mne a yellow Corvette convertile.

“We can put you in that for $75 a day more,” he said.

“No, you can’t,” I said.

No doubt it would have improved my image had anyone I know actually seen me driving that bright yellow beast. But in the current

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June
25th

Mariners 9, Padres 3 — postgame notes quotes


The Mariners finish the homestand 6-1 and and win the series with the Padres. And apparently it was all hugs and kisses afterward. Well, at least we know Carlos Silva is useful for something. The Mariners are now 4-2 against the Pads, 2-1 against the Giants, 3-0 against Arizona, 0-3 against Colorado in interleague play.


A few thoughts …


1. It was a good homestand and the Mariners played pretty decent baseball.

2. The Mariners will not face a starting pitcher as bad as Wade LeBlanc over

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June
25th

GAME UPDATES: Padres vs. Mariners, June 25th

It’s the final meeting between the two bitter rivals. The tension is palpable. It’s like Average Joes vs. Globo-Gym … yes, I watched Dodgeball yesterday — Oh, I don’t think I’m a lot dumber than you thought that I think that I thought that I was once.


Anyway lets get down to business. Today’s starter Wade LeBlanc is, well, according to my Padres compadres — “not good, not good at all.”


LeBlanc pitched in five games last season (21 1/3 innings) and gave up 29 hits, 19 runs and seven homers.


This year

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June
25th

UPDATED: Betancourt placed on the 15-day DL

UPDATE 12:07 — the move was officially made as Lopez was activated from the bereavement list and Betancourt was sent to the DL. He’s eligible to come off on July 10th.


Ok, no more using the blackberry now. As I posted earlier, Yuniesky Betancourt is headed to the 15-day disabled list.


They haven’t made the actual roster move yet, but manager Don Wakamatsu just said that he we’ll likely be placed on there and be out the entire 15 days and possibly more.


“All indications are we will disable him before today’s game,” Wakamatsu said.

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June
25th

Minor League Report: Liddi, Gillies earn spot in Futures Game

The Mariners will have two representatives on the World team in the Futures game over All-Star weekend in OF Tyson Gillies and 3B Alex Liddi.

Gillies, a native of Canada, is batting .325 (79×243) with 54 runs, 8 doubles, 9 triples, 4 home runs, 21 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 62 games. He has reached base safely (H-BB-HBP) in 59 of 62 games. Among California League leaders, Gillies ranks 6th in batting average, 3rd in on-base percentage (.444) and T2nd in runs scored.

Liddi (pictured), a native of Italy, is batting .341 (92×270) with 54 runs, 21 doubles, 3 triples, 16 home runs and 60 RBI in 67 games. Among California League leaders, Liddi ranks 3rd in batting, 3rd in home runs, T1st in RBI, 1st in hits, T3rd in doubles, 4th in slugging percentage (.619), 2nd in extra base hits (40), T2nd in runs scored.

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