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August 10, 2008 1:00 PM

Game thread, 8-10, Mariners vs. Rays

Posted by Larry Stone


Update 2:30: Interesting development here, with Tug Hulett pinch-hitting for Jose Lopez in the fourth, after Lopez had hit a home run his previous at-bat. There doesn't seem to be any injury to Lopez, so this could have something to do wtih the throw to second base on Iwamura's stolen base in the top of the inning. Jeff Clement's throw was good and seemed to beat Iwamura, but it went off Lopez's glove and into center, and Iwamura advanced to third. It was originally ruled an error on Clement's throw, but the official scorer just changed that to an error on Lopez.

(OK, I was in a hurry when I typed the lineup. Ichiro is in right, Balentien in center, Reed in left. The Mariners are not going with three center fielders).

Both sides have some bad injury news today, but Tampa Bay's has more serious ramifications for the pennant race. Carl Crawford, their outstanding outfielder, was placed on the DL with a finger injury, and there is some fear that he might be out for the remainder of the season. Obviously, that's a huge blow for the Rays, who are battling Boston and New York in the AL East. They activated Rocco Baldelli today and put him in the lineup in right field,, but there is no guarantee that Baldelli, battling his own medical condition -- something called mitochondrial disorder -- will be able to produce. Crawford apparently hurt himself on a check swing against J.J. Putz on Saturday. The official term is a subluxation of his right middle finger tendon.

Meanwhile, Willie Bloomquist was put on the 15-day DL with a right hamstring pull he suffered running out a double-play ball in the 10th last night. Tug Hulett was called up from Tacoma to take his roster spot. Jim Riggleman said before the game, "It's a very significant pull. I don't know if we'll see Willie the rest of the year."

If that's the case, that could be the end of the Willie Bloomquist era in Seattle. He is a free agent after the season and has made noises about exploring an opportunity in the National League, where playing time might be more plentiful.

Rays

Akinori Iwamura 2B

BJ Upton CF

Carlos Pena 1B

Rocco Baldelli rf

Cliff Floyd DH

Ben Zobrist SS

Eric Hinske LF

Willy Aybar 3B

Shawn Riggans C

Edwin Jackson P

Mariners

Ichiro RF

Jeremy Reed LF

Raul Ibanez DH

Adrian Beltre 3B

Jose Lopez 2B

Jeff Clement C

Wladimir Balentien CF

Bryan LaHair 1B

Yuniesky Betancourt SS

R.A. Dickey P

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