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April 22, 2008 5:32 PM

Tuesday tidbits

Posted by Larry Stone



Brian Roberts 2B

Melvin Mora 3B

Nick Markakis RF

Kevin Millar 1B

Luke Scott LF

Aubrey Huff DH

Adam Jones CF

Ramon Hernandez C

Luis Hernandez SS

Jeremy Guthrie P


Ichiro CF

Jose Lopez 2B

Raul Ibanez LF

Adrian Beltre 3B

Jose Vidro DH

Richie Sexson 1B

Brad Wilkerson RF

Kenji Johjima C

Yuniesky Betancourt SS

Felix Hernandez P

Lots of Hernandezes in this game! Hi, Larry Stone here at Safeco. Just to amplify on the roster moves, as Geoff mentioned R.A. Dickey went down to Tacoma to make room for the activation of Putz. The poor guy has been on a real roller coaster. He was devastated to be sent down two days before Opening Day, then ecstatic to make his first start in two years against the Angels. Today was...I wouldn't say devastation, but clearly extreme disappointment. He said the hardest part was that his family had flown in to spend the homestand with him, and now Tacoma is leaving on a road trip to Tucson. The Mariners are letting him stay back in the Seattle area with his family until his turn to start, which probably will be during the weekend.

"It's been tough,'' he said. "I'm thankful I'm a little older. I'm able to deal with it.''

Speaking of Tacoma, just had a chance to talk to Adam Jones. The Orioles arrived in Seattle on Monday early enough that Jones went down to Tacoma to see old friends like Matt Tuiasosopo and Charlton Jimerson (the game was rained out). Jones said he doesn't expect tonight to be too emotional because he didn't play long enough up here with the Mariners for the fans to form a real bond with him.

"It's not really as touchy-feely or emotional as it shoud be,'' he said.

Sherrill, on the other hand, said that he is indeed having some emotional tugs. Someone asked him if noted practical joker J.J. Putz had given him a special welcome.

"No, he didn't pee in my shoes or anything. That's good,'' Sherrill said with a laugh. "I'm glad he's back off the DL. Good luck to him. Hopefully, he does well, except in this series.''

Bedard will indeed start Saturday. He threw a 45-pitch bullpen session today that went very well, apparently. McLaren said, however, they want him to throw another bullpen session on Thursday before his Saturday start against Oakland. This gives them a chance to restructure the rotation a bit. Washburn will pitch Thursday against Baltimore, and Batista Friday against Oakland. That splits up the two left-handers, Washburn and Bedard.

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