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August 16, 2008 12:39 PM

Game thread, Aug. 16, Mariners vs. Twins

Posted by Larry Stone


They just had a softball home-run hitting contest, in which the contestants stood near 2B and aimed for the outfield fence. Finishing second was Jeff Cirillo, now a Twins' broadcaster. Finishing first was T.C., the Twins' mascot -- someone in a bear suit. The dude (or dudette) could really stroke. T.C. was ripping balls into the upper deck, including one off the Kent Hrbek banner above the upper deck! In a bear suit! With a big hear head! I suspect T.C. got doctored baseballs, but I'm a cynic.BTW, he was a southpaw. And when I saw paw, I mean paw.

Not much going on with the Mariners. Raul Ibanez is at DH to save wear and tear on the Metrodome field turf. It's not as bad as the hard stuff that used to be here, but it still takes a toll on older legs.

The Mariners will announce a roster move after the game to make room for the expected activation of Ryan Feierabend to start on Sunday. Maybe they should activate T.C., too.

Lineups

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
Ryan Rowland-Smith P

Twins

Denard Span RF
Nick Punto 2B
Joe Mauer C
Justin Morneau 1B
Delmon Young LF
Randy Ruiz DH
Brendan Harris 3B
Adam Everett SS
Carlos Gomez CF
Scott Baker P

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