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Seattle Mariners Notes, Quotes 2008-05-28


Seattle Mariners Notes, Quotes 2008-05-28
--LF Raul Ibanez doubled in the first inning, chasing home the second Seattle run of the inning. For Ibanez, the hit ended an 0-for-16 slide. The RBI was the first of two on the night for Ibanez, who leads the Mariners with 34.

--RHP Cha Seung Baek has been traded to the San Diego Padres for RHP Jared Wells, although the deal isn't likely to be announced until Wednesday. Baek was designated for assignment Thursday when the Mariners needed to make room on the roster for RHP R.A. Dickey.

--RHP Brandon Morrow took over in the eighth inning with two on and no one out and the middle of the Boston lineup facing him. He used his 99 mph fastball to strike out LF Manny Ramirez and 3B Mike Lowell before RF J.D. Drew flied out. Morrow said the key was the decision to throw first-pitch sliders to Ramirez and Lowell, both of which were strikes.

--C Kenji Johjima surprised the Red Sox and maybe a few of the Mariners by stealing third base in the sixth inning. It was the fourth steal of Johjima's big-league career and his first of third base, although he'd been caught at third in one previous attempt.

--RHP Miguel Batista threw a shutout for five innings and gave Seattle a seven-inning start. It was the second time in as many games that a Mariners starter had gone at least seven innings. Seattle hadn't gotten back-to-back seven-inning starts since May 1-2, when Batista and LHP Erik Bedard did it.

--1B Richie Sexson wasn't in Tuesday's lineup with 1B Miguel Cairo getting the start instead. Seattle manager John McLaren said it wasn't because Sexson's batting average is .200 "This was a way to get Cairo into the mix," the manager said. "It has nothing to do with Richie hitting .200. He's struggling like a lot of our guys, but he's working hard."

BY THE NUMBERS: 9 -- Seattle pitching allowed nine runs or more in five straight games Tuesday through Saturday. That's the second longest such streak in Seattle history.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'm a tough guy. I feel I'm at my best with my back to the wall." -- Manager John McLaren.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 28, 2008

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