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Archives: June 2010

June
30th

GAME UPDATES: Mariners vs. Yankees, June 30

Another day at Yankee Stadium, and no new news on Cliff Lee.

Let’s see on June 30, 1953, the first corvette rolled off the assembly line.

Also on this day, baseball players Tony Fernandez (Blue Jays) and big leaguer Mitch Maier were born.

Also on June 30, 2006, the Mariners were part of the fastest game in the then-seven-year history of Safeco Field when they were beaten by the Rockies 2-0 in 1 hour and 52 minutes. Rockies starter, the illustrious Josh Fogg, faced the minimum of 27 batters, allowing two hits. He beat Jamie Moyer, who also pitched

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June
30th

Pregame notes, quotes & lineups – Bedard in Tacoma on Thursday, Jack Z comments

Erik Bedard is one step closer to returning to the Seattle Mariners rotation. And the final step may come on Thursday when he pitches in what the Mariners hope will be his final rehab start in his long recovery from offseason shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum. His last big league start was July 25, 2009.

Manager Don Wakamtsu said that pitching coach Rick Adair talked with Bedard earlier today and the lefty is all ready to make his start at Cheney Stadium against the Portland Beavers at 7 p.m.

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June
30th

A little bit of justice for the latest fan plague

You’ve seen them before when you watch games on TV. You’ve sat next to them at games and wanted to deliver a rabbit punch to the backs of their skulls. They are annoying. They are growing in numbers. They’ve almost become an epidemic.

They are …

Idiot fans talking on their cell phones.

Really there are two types of categories of people that commit this fan faux pas.

1. The guy that is on his cell phone because he’s telling his friends who are at home watching TV that he’s on TV. You see them usually behind home plate or

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June
29th

Cliff Lee takes care of Yankees, takes care of trade questions

AP photo

I’m going to miss Cliff Lee. I will admit it. I know he hasn’t been traded yet. But he will be. It’s pretty much a matter of fact at this point in time

Think about this, he gave up four runs tonight and the Mariners scored seven runs and the game still lasted about two hours and 30 minutes and pitched his third straight complete game.

“Just a phenomenal outing,” manager Don Wakamatsu said.

He’s the first major league pitcher to throw three consecutive complete games since his former Indians teammate and current Yankee C.C. Sabathia did it for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2008.

“I always have,” Lee said about wanting to throw the first and last pitch of the game. “It’s nothing new. I have always tried to go right at guys and go as deep into games that I can. Obviously, the ultimate goal is to throw the whole game for sure. But you can’t do that without throwing strikes, working ahead and going right at guys.”

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June
29th

GAME UPDATES: Mariners at Yankees, June 29

Is this Cliff Lee’s last start? I really don’t think it will be. I think he has one more after this one.

First inning

Phil Hughes is 10-1 and will likely the make the all-star team. The M’s are not good on offense. This should be interesting. Russell Branyan’s first at-bat since his return ….  is a soft looping single to left — just what everyone was expecting. But he’s stuck there.

Cliff Lee shows that he is human by giving up a solo homer to Nick Swisher. Lee threw him all fastballs – all at 91 mph, but the last one was out over the plate and Swisher drove it left. Lee has given up four homers this season. That ties the number of walks he’s given up.

Second inning

The M’s answer as Jose Lopez doubles down the left field line just past a diving Chad Huffman (yeah, I hadn’t heard of him till today either) and then Franklin Gutierrez singled to center. Curtis Granderson bobbled the ball a few times allowing Lopez to hesitate twice and then take a whole bunch of little steps home to score. Gutierrez did not get an RBI on the play.

Later in the inning Guti has some sort of mental mistake as he takes off on steal of second but then lets up right before the base and is thrown out, snapping his streak of 12 straight steals. Tie game 1-1.

Well that’s it, the apocalypse is upon us. Cliff Lee walked a  hitter. What’s next? A gigantic meteor hurling toward earth? Lee then gave up a single to Curtis Granderson – basically destroying any trade value he had. But he manages to get the aforementioned, but still unknown Huffman to ground into a 5-4-3 double play.

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June
29th

Pregame notes, quotes & lineups: Bard back up, Alfonso DFA’d, Jack Z talks with media

It was an extremely busy pregame at Yankee Stadium. Lots of little things going on with the albatross that is the speculation of Cliff Lee being traded looming over the Mariners constantly, but particularly large since he starts tonight … in New York.

GM Jack Zduriencik was engulfed  by the media, hoping to get a hint about where Cliff Lee might be going and where.

But likes he’s done since becoming GM, he stayed tight lipped.

“I don’t have much to say,” he said. “We are just trying to win baseball games, improve this record and see what happens, you

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June
28th

The Cliff Lee countdown continues …

Well technically it’s Tuesday here in Manhattan.  And that means, Cliff Lee is starting on the mound for the Mariners later today against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

Will it be his last start as a Mariner?

My guess is no. But it’s a complete guess. I have nothing to base it on. But it sounds as though GM Jack Zduriencik has finally come to the understanding that the Mariners are done and this move needs to get done. So now he has to deal Lee.  And that isn’t exactly simple.  Sure he’s been listening to offers

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June
27th

Game #75: Brewers stretch their lead to 3-0

Hard to keep track of the first basemen employed by the  Seattle Mariners – let’s see, there’s Casey Kotchman, Mike Sweeney, Mike Carp, Russell Branyan, Ryan Langerhans and today’s starter – Josh Wilson.

Start scratching off names, fans. Once he’s here, Branyan becomes the Mariners regular first basema, with Kotchman as the late-inning defensive replacement.

Mike Sweeney is back on the disabled list, Carp is headed back to Tacoma.

Wha’s Branyan do for this lineup? In theory, he’s the one bat with legitimate power on a team whose leading home run hitter – with seven – is M ilton Bradley.

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