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Seattle Mariners Inside Pitch 2008-06-25

Seattle Mariners Inside Pitch 2008-06-25
Felix Hernandez was moving quite deftly Tuesday for someone wearing a white padded plastic boot from the ankle to the knee of his left foot.

Hernandez suffered a sprained ankle Monday night in a fifth-inning collision with the Mets' Carlos Beltran. X-rays revealed no damage, but the Mariners put Hernandez in the cast just to be sure.

The pitcher said Monday night that he wouldn't have to miss a start, but manager Jim Riggleman is taking a wait-and-see attitude toward that.

"He is OK, and I know he wants to pitch on Sunday, but I don't know that he will," Riggleman said. "We might be more conservative than that. If we can get him back a couple of days later, I would be happy with that. If there are any questions about him making the injury any worse, we're not going to pitch him."

Trainer Rick Griffin, who said the boot was keeping the ankle immobile, said Hernandez would have to prove he can do "everything he needs to do to pitch" or the club will would until he could.

Hernandez didn't talk Tuesday, skillfully avoiding the media whenever approached.

MARINERS 11, METS 0: R.A. Dickey, whose previous two starts had all but forced him out of the rotation, got a reprieve with the rotation in flux and shut out the Mets for seven innings in what was clearly his finest start of the year.

Dickey had allowed 12 runs in a total of just 5 1/3 innings earlier in the month in starts against Washington and Florida, but the Mets were one National League team that couldn't solve his knuckleball.

The Mariners took the lead in the first on the first of two sacrifice flies by Richie Sexson, then added a two-run single by Jose Lopez in the second and a two-run homer by Kenji Johjima to jump to a 5-0 lead that was never threatened.

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Added: June 25, 2008

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