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Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He provides daily coverage of the team throughout spring training, and during the season.

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June 30, 2008 6:54 PM

Game thread, 6-30, Mariners vs. Blue Jays

Posted by Larry Stone

Pretty decent crowd here today. Must be all those Blue Jays fans coming down from Canada, eh?

Jim Riggleman handled the Mets' Jerry Manuel in the interim manager showdown in New York. Now he has a new challenge in Cito Gaston, who took over for John Gibbons the same week John McLaren was axed.

It will be interesting to see if R.A. Dickey follows his last gem with another good outing. If so, I'd guess that he'll stay in the rotation at the expense of Miguel Batista. I was surprised to see that Batista denied ever saying, after his last start, anything about other pitchers on the Mariners going on the disabled list when they felt pain. Since I was one of the writers quoting him, I took that personally. Just to be sure, I listened to the tape again. He said it.

With David Eckstein starting for Toronto and Willie Bloomquist for Seattle, I'll bet the shortstop position has never witnessed so much grit in one game.

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