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Seattle Mariners Inside Pitch 2009-05-11

Seattle Mariners Inside Pitch 2009-05-11
With the move to the disabled list of right-hander Carlos Silva, the Mariners are remaking their starting rotation.

Silva, 1-3 with an 8.48 ERA, went on the disabled list Saturday when right-hander Brandon Morrow, the closer, came off the disabled list. The move is retroactive to May 7, so he'll be eligible to come back on May 22 when the Mariners are at home against the San Francisco Giants in inter-league play. The plan is for Silva to remain with the team, to get treatment and begin injury rehabilitation.

Silva's next turn in the rotation was scheduled for Tuesday in Texas. According to the new plan, that start and all the Silva starts while he's on the disabled list will be lefty Jason Vargas.

The 26-year-old Vargas has pitched twice for the Mariners and has yet to give up a run in 3 2/3 innings, and while he's only pitched relief with Seattle, his history is as a starting pitcher. He has been in the big leagues for parts of three seasons with the Marlins and the Mets. He missed all of last season with New York after hip surgery.

"They called me in and said, 'You're starting Tuesday in Texas,'" Vargas said. "I said, 'OK.' They didn't ask my opinion. It's a good opportunity. I've always tried to prepare for whatever role the team needs me in, but I've been a starting pitcher since I was 10 years old. I'm pretty comfortable in that role."

There will be some other changes to the rotation. After Vargas goes on Tuesday in Texas, lefty Jarrod Washburn will throw Wednesday with an extra day of rest. Right-hander Felix Hernandez will come back Thursday on his regular fifth day.

Although he has been rocked lately, rookie Chris Jakubauskas starts the homestand opener against Boston Friday, after which the rotation goes Bedard, Vargas, Washburn, Hernandez and Jakubauskas again.

MARINERS 5, TWINS 3: With the Mariners in danger of stretching their losing streak to seven consecutive games, Ken Griffey Jr.'s two-run homer in the eighth inning triggered a four-run rally that got the Mariners back to .500 for the season.

Seattle got almost nothing off Twins' RHP Nick Blackburn and trailed 2-0 after seven innings. But Griffey's homer off LHP Jose Mijares tied the game and unleashed the struggling Mariners offense.

Seattle scored two more runs on a wild pitch by RHP Jesse Crain and an RBI double by LF Wladimir Balentien that missed being a homer by a foot or two as Seattle jumped into a lead for just the second time on the road trip.

In the ninth, 2B Jose Lopez added a home run for a 5-2 lead.

RHP Brandon Morrow, pitching for the first time in 17 days after a stint on the disabled list for right biceps tendinitis, gave up a run and loaded the bases and threw 35 pitches in the bottom of the ninth, but got the save, his sixth.

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Added: May 11, 2009

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