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June 24, 2008 3:36 PM

Game thread, 6-24, Mariners vs. Mets

Posted by Larry Stone

Felix Hernandez was walking around in a walking boot, which was a little alarming, but it's purely precautionary. The outlook on his sprained left ankle is still promising, and the team is holding out hope he'll make his scheduled start Sunday in San Diego. Felix says he will, but my hunch is that the Mariners will err on the side of caution and hold him back for a few extra days.

The best solution would be for Erik Bedard to come back and pitch Sunday, but no one knows if that is going to happen.

With the bullpen a bit depleted, Jarrod Washburn volunteered to work out of the pen tonight on what is his normal day to throw between starts. Ryan Rowland-Smith is probably not available, so Washburn could be used. Brandon Morrow is back and will be the closer.

To those who were wondering why Rowland-Smith got the win last night instead of Corcoran, the rulebook says that when the starter doesn't go five innings, the official scorer may use his discretion to award the victory to the most effective reliever. Considering that Rowland-Smith retired all six batters he faced and struck out three, it's hard to argue with that call. Corcoran didn't give up a run or hit either, but he worked only 1 1/3 innings, and walked two.

Richie Sexson is back out there at first base. I will be shocked if he is still on the team when they open their next homestand on Monday. My belief is that the Mariners are making one last-ditch effort to convince a team that he might be a worthwhile pickup. I doubt if anyone would pay a penny of his salary, but if they could get a prospect, that would be better than an outright release. So far, he's not helping his value, going 0-for-9 with four strikeouts on this trip. I don't know how much longer they can go with a non-hitting first baseman.

LINEUPS

Mariners

Ichiro RF

Jose Lopez 2B

Raul Ibanez LF

Adrian Beltre 3B

Richie Sexson 1B

Yuniesky Betancourt SS

Kenji Johjima C

Willie Bloomquist CF

R.A. Dickey P

METS

Jose Reyes SS

Luis Castillo 2B

Carlos Beltran CF

Carlos Delgado 1B

Trot Nixon LF

Fernando Tatis 3B

Brian Schneider C

Endy Chavez RF

Oliver Perez 1

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