Not much to ask of a fellow who's spent the last four or five days talking about whether he was about to be traded, but Jarrod Washburn will try to snap a four-game Mariners losing streak tonight.
During that streak, Seattle has been out-scored, 42-10 - and folks are leaping off the bandwagon in packs.
Washburn has eight wins this season and probably should have three or four others, but none has been any more urgent than this one would be.
He could use a little help, and the lineup is without Russell Branyan and Jose Lopez once again. Both have tight backs.
Ichiro Suzuki had three of the Mariners 12 singles Monday night, and in his career he now has 194 three-hit games.
What the Mariners need tonight might be a three-run game from Ichiro, which would require someone driving him in.
Ichiro leads the American League by a wide margin with 146 hits - but he's not in the top 10 in runs scored.
It's Washburn vs. Marc Rzepczynski.
Who's in left?
First inning, no score, no one on and two outs. Vernon Wells drills a Washburn fastball deep to left field.
Rookie Michael Saunders tracks it, measures it and then leaps - all 6-foot-4 of him - and caught the ball near the top of the wall.
Waiting near the dugout, Washburn high fived the kid. Nicely done.
Ichiro's 147th hit of the season was a ground ball to shortstop that he outran. When Rzepcyznski tried to keep him close to first base, he balked Ichiro to second base.
Franklin Gutierrez bunted him to third. Mike Sweeney aimed a ground ball to the right side of the infield, Ichiro scored and Sweeney had his 17th RBI.
After one: Mariners 1, Blue Jays 0
Pitch count! Pitch count!
For dave and everyone else intrigued by the changing world of pitch counts in baseball, here's a wonderful story examining the topic from Tim Kurkjian.
He talked to quite a few people, including Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu, and comes up with eight possible explanations - including the influence of the media.
Now, back to the game.
Washburn working it
Through five innings and with 63 pitches, Washburn has held Toronto to two hits, making that one run hold up.
The Mariners, of course, haven't added on. With scouts watching, Washburn has given them about all anyone could ask for - high fastballs, the occasional change, a breaking pitch that's been nasty.
And, oh yes, he's throwing a shutout.
After five: Mariners 1, Blue Jays 0
Mariners add on
Ichiro hasn't scored three runs yet, but he's scored two.
After Ichiro opened the sixth with a walk, Gutierrez singled, Sweeney grounded into a force play and Shelton - playing only because Branyan is stiff - doubled home a run.
Jack Hannahan singled home Sweeney.
After six: Mariners 3, Blue Jays 0
Two singles and a walk loaded the bases with birds with one out, but manager Don Wakamatsu left it to Washburn as Mark Lowe warmed up in the bullpen.
Washburn gave up a sacrifice fly to Jose Bautista, got a line drive out from Raul Chavez and was out of it.
In the seventh: Mariners 3, Blue Jays 1
Toronto rallies II
Washburn is done after seven, and with Lowe pitching, the Jays got back-to-back doubles from Marco Scutaro and Aaron Hill for a run.
With Hill on second, Lowe popped up Vernon Wells and Scott Rolen, but Alex Rios doubled to tie it up.
Lowe struck out Lyle Overbay.
If this losing streak is to be stopped tonight, Washburn won't be the one to end it with a win.
In the eighth: Mariners 3, Blue Jays 3
Third baseman Hannahan's third hit of the night opened the ninth, Rob Johnson walked and Chris Woodward was credited with a bunt single that loaded the bases.
Pinch-hitter Jose Lopez forced Hannahan at the plate. With the infield playing in, Ronny Cedeno struck out.
Ichiro looked terrible on a second-strike swing, then blooped a single into short center field for the win.
It's final: Mariners 4, Blue Jays 3