Sorry for the lateness of the pregame post. There's a good reason, the Mariners were late getting here. Even though the clubhouse opens around 3:40 p.m. on most days, the players and coaches didn't arrive till around 4:30 p.m.
Was it the NY traffic? No. Did they go see the Book of Mormon? Nope.
The Mariners intentionally didn't show up till later. They have cancelled on-field batting practice as well. Players were hitting in the cages instead.
Well, why not. Manager Eric Wedge is trying to do anything that might break the monotony of this losing streak (see video above).
"I feel like they are all carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders," he said. "Sometimes you need to mentally remove
So did the players go do anything special with the extra time?
No, most of them went and had lunch or hung out in their hotel rooms.
"I'm a dull guy," said outfielder Greg Halman.
Other notes ...
You'll notice below that Chone Figgins is back in the starting lineup today after being away from the team for a few days with family reasons.
Justin Smoak has moved up in the lineup to fifth. Wedge talked more about the thumb bruise, admitting they were trying to hide it.
"We tried to keep it on the down low for obvious reasons because if you let that out and somebody will exploit it," Wedge said.
Talked with Brandon League and he doesn't follow any trade rumors.
"The only time I hear about them is through you guys," he said. "I have an agent, but he knows better to come at me with that kind of stuff.
League knows his name is out there, but he hopes to stay in Seattle.
"I like it here," he said. "I think I've made it clear that I like it here. But it's something I have no control over so we'll see what happens in the next five days."
Hopefully League throws once in the next five days. He's pitched only once since July 16.
"I'm just throwing a lot of bullpens to stay sharp," he said.
Obviously the bullpens can't replicate a game situation, but that's all League has right now.
- 51 Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
- 26 Brendan Ryan SS
- 13 Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
- 30 Miguel Olivo C
- 17 Justin Smoak (S) 1B
- 21 Franklin Gutierrez CF
- 20 Mike Carp (L) DH
- 56 Greg Halman LF
- 9 Chone Figgins (S) 3B
58 Doug Fister RHP
- 11 Brett Gardner (L) LF
- 2 Deret Jeter SS
- 14 Curtis Granderson (L) CF
- 25 Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
- 24 Robinson Cano (L) 2B
- 33 Nick Swisher (S) RF
- 20 Jorge Posada (S) DH
- 12 Eric Chavez (L) 3B
- 17 Francisco Cervelli C
52 CC Sabathia LHP