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Seattle Mariners Inside Pitch 2008-08-01


Seattle Mariners Inside Pitch 2008-08-01
The Mariners had been expected to make a couple of moves before the trade deadline, but they settled for just one, shipping lefty Arthur Rhodes to Florida for minor league righty Gaby Hernandez.

Lefty Jarrod Washburn, left fielder Raul Ibanez and third baseman Adrian Beltre all had their names in play as the trading deadline approached, but the deal to move the 38-year-old Rhodes was the only time the Mariners pulled the trigger.

For the moment, the Mariners are left with just one lefty in the bullpen, rookie Cesar Jimenez. Unlike Rhodes, who tended to dominate left-handed hitters, Jimenez has had most of his success against right-handers.

The Mariners will make a move to fill Rhodes' spot on the roster Friday, and one of the candidates is lefty Ryan Rowland-Smith, who had been in the bullpen all year before starting a mid-July conversion to the rotation at Class AAA Tacoma.

Hernandez is scheduled to report to Class AA West Tennessee and should make his first start for the Diamond Jaxx on Sunday.

General manager Lee Pelekoudas said the club came close on a couple of other deals and said the Mariners would remain open to working a waiver wire deal if the opportunity arises.

MARINERS 8, RANGERS 5: RHP R.A. Dickey, who spent the first five years of his big-league career with the Rangers, threw shutout ball for seven innings before fading in his first-ever appearance against Texas.

Dickey, propped up by four runs in the first two innings, had a two-hit shutout into the eighth before 3B Ramon Vazquez pounded a two-run homer.

RF Ichiro Suzuki tripled, doubled, scored two runs and drove one in with a sacrifice fly as the Mariners collected 11 hits, their sixth consecutive game with double-digit hits.

RHP Mark Lowe was touched for three runs in the ninth before the Mariners could secure the win behind RHP J.J. Putz.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: August 1, 2008

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