Latest rumor to surface about the Mariners is this: Detroit is asking for shortstop Jack Wilson, the veteran who has one year and $5 million left on his Seattle contract.
Wilson isn't playing today, but that's more to get Josh Wilson his first at-bats since the All-Star break. Jack is batting .252 in 43 games this season, has spent much time on the disabled list and hasn't played particularly well or consistently.
Of course, the same could be said of most of the Mariners. The team has lost 12 of 14 games and is 21 games under .500 as play begins, dropping them behind Cleveland for the American League's second-worst record.
Thank God for Baltimore! Now there's a battle cry.
- They may not have much of an offense, but you can't say the Mariners aren't trying to make the most of what they have. In the first inning, Franklin Gutierrez drew a two-out walk and immediately stole his 12th base to get into scoring position. Cleanup hitter Jose Lopez then flied outl. No score.
- The problem with trying to be aggressive on the bases? Being two aggressive. for the third time in this series, the Angels picked a runner off first base, this time getting Milton Bradley, who'd walked.
- Mike Napoli hit a two-out home run, his 16th, and the Mariners are behind again. In the second: Los Angeles 1, Seattle 0.
- Jose Lopez singled with two outs in the fourth - the first hit against Santana. Bradley grounded back to the mound.
- After Torii Hunter's one-out single, Jason Vargas balked him to second base. vargas then struck out Juan Rivera - getting him way out front on a changeup - and got a broken-bat grounder from Hideki Matsui. Nice pitching. In the fourth: Los Angeles 1, Seattle 0.
- Ryan Langerhans rarely plays, but that doesn't mean he can't. He drew a one-out walk, then stole second base. Rob Johnson singled him to third, and Langerhans scored on a wild pitch. In the fifth: Seattle 1, Los Angeles 1.
- Howie Kendrick, designated Mariner killer this week, tripled leading off the sixth. Bobby Abreu grounded to first, Kendrick holding. Hunter lined into a double play .... still tied.
- Here's your seattle offense: Johnson reached base on a two-out strikeout/wild pitch and Wilson singled. Ichiro? He tapped back to the mound. Yikes!
- Vargas pitched a great game, as did Santana. Neither will get a decision. Extra innings and the game belongs to the bullpens.
- Ichiro walked leading off the 10th inning and Figgins bunted him to second. When Gutierrez grounded to shortstop, Ichiro inexplicably tried to go to third and was thrown out in a rundown. Gutierrez stole second, his 13th of the season. Lopez singled home Gutierrez and took second on the throw home. In the 10th: Seattle 2, Los Angeles 1.
- David Aardsma pitching. Napoli singled and was bunted to second ase. Paul McNaulty walked. Erik Aybar struck out. Kendrick struck out. It's a final: Seattle 2, Los Angeles 1.