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Seattle Mariners Inside Pitch 2009-05-14

Seattle Mariners Inside Pitch 2009-05-14
Shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt and manager Don Wakamatsu had a long, in-depth conversation before Wednesday's game.

Wakamatsu hasn't been happy with Betancourt's focus while playing defense and with his unwillingness to get deep into the count while at the plate.

So the manager had another in a continuing series of conversations with Betancourt, who then was put on the bench for the game against Texas, replaced at shortstop by Ronny Cedeno.

What Wakamatsu wants is to mine the reservoirs of Betancourt's talents, which he said run deep.

"(He has to) play to his potential," Wakamatsu said. "We're not looking for one day, we're looking at the rest of the season. We'll give him the opportunity. He will be back out there. But Yuni has to adjust.

"Historically, his lack of patience at the plate is something we've talked about. As a coaching staff, we can't hit for him."

Cedeno hasn't been able to play much in the last two weeks because of hamstring trouble, but he's healthy now and beat out a bunt in the 10th inning in an effort to get a Seattle rally going.

RANGERS 6, MARINERS 5 (11 innings): Asked to protect a one-run lead in the 11th inning, RHP Brandon Morrow was stung by a two-run double off the bat of Texas DH Hank Blalock as the Rangers beat the Mariners for the fourth consecutive time this season.

The Mariners took the lead in the top of the 11th on an RBI double by LF Wladimir Balentien, setting up Morrow, who was pitching for the second time since coming off the disabled list Saturday.

A single by 3B Michael Young and a walk to CF Josh Hamilton set up the inning, and one out later Blalock, who was hitless in five previous at-bats, ripped a ball to left-center to win the game.

Seattle, now two games under .500 (16-18) for the first time this season, has lost eight of its last nine games.

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Added: May 14, 2009

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