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Rangers 8, Mariners 3: The right decision, but the wrong result

The thinking behind the decision was right. The execution was fine. And the result?

Well, that pretty much cemented a loss for the Seattle Mariners on Monday night at Safeco Field.

With the Mariners trailing 4-3 in the top of the seventh inning,  manager Eric Wedge had pitcher Joe Saunders intentionally walk the white hot-hitting Adrian Beltre with two outs and a runner on second and first base open.

“It’s the right thing to do there,” Wedge said. “If you have a chance to pitch around Beltre you are going to do it, if he’s not the hottest hitter in

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Mariners 10-1 loss to Cleveland Indians a double-dose of bad news


Seattle Mariners: Hottest team in baseball.

That news lasted until Wednesday afternoon. The unstoppable force that was the Mariners into All-Star weekend and five games into the second half of the season was rocked to a halt in a 10-1 old-fashioned romp at the hands of the visiting Cleveland Indians.

Then the worse news.

Manager Eric Wedge’s “dizzy spell” before Monday’s series opener that kept him in the hospital two nights was revealed by the organization to be a minor stroke. Far more serious than at first thought, but at least by Wednesday afternoon he was back home.


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Position preview: The starting rotation is Felix Hernandez and friends …

Elbow issues or not, contract extension or not, the Mariners’ starting rotation still begins and ends with Felix Hernandez.

The 2010 Cy Young winner is the rock of the rotation. And maybe four other teams in baseball have a pitcher of his caliber to lead their rotation.

“Obviously, it all starts with Felix,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said.

But beyond Felix, the Mariners’ pitching rotation is far from dominant. Many of the candidates are unproven.

Seattle will likely go with Hisashi Iwakuma, the soon to be acquired Joe Saunders, youngster Erasmo Ramirez and probably Blake Beavan to round out the

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A few notes and links on Shoppach, Bourn

Obviously, the major news coming out of baseball today is this very, very lengthy story in the Miami New Times about several baseball players – Melky Cabrera, Alex Rodriguez,Gio Gonzalez Nelson Cruz and others – receiving performance enhancing drugs.

I’m not going to sit here and pontificate about this. Players cheat. They always have. They always will. If a player believes he can gain any sort of advantage, he will take it. Why? The dollars involved are just too great. It doesn’t make it right. But it’s just a fact. I doubt my opinion of Alex Rodriguez will be

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