Big thanks to T.J. Cotterill for filling in yesterday. The TNT gave me a day off after eight straight on, and I golfed Chambers Bay.
No comment on what I shot other than it was less than a 100 and more than 80.
The Mariners will look to start a new streak today under interim manager Robby Thompson, who is going with what appears to be their every day line-up. The Mariners will send Hisashi Iwakuma to the mound tonight. The last time he pitched against the Twins this season, he threw 7 2/3 shutout innings, giving up seven hits and striking out five while walking two.
Quick reminder that Saturday's game is at 1:10 p.m, and will not be televised. The game was moved to a day game because of the Seafair Torchlight Parade through downtown later that night. Because the time is in the FOX national broadcast window, Root Sports is not allowed to televise the game. It's the only game that will not be televised by Root or FOX. If you have mlb.tv, you can watch it. There will be a group here to broadcast for the online product.
Fill-in manager Robby Thompson talked with Eric Wedge a little today, but didn't talk much about baseball. He said Wedge was in good spirits.
“He’s doing real well," Thompson said. "He sounded great. He’d just gotten back from one of his therapy things and said it went very well. Obviously those kind of things are going to continue as the process of him getting better and moving forward with it. But he sounded really good.”
Thompson is going to talk with Wedge consistently, but it won't always be about team management.
"We really didn’t today at all," Thompson said. "He basically said, hey, he trusts in me and knows what I’m all about. Myself and the rest of the staff will daily piece together our lineup. As of late, it’s been pretty easy. The lineup has been fairly steady each and every day, with maybe a change here or there. Hopefully that continues. I will definitely be in touch and talk with Eric, pretty close to every day, whether it be on the lineup issue or baseball or just talking and seeing how he’s doing. And I’m sure he’ll want to know how we’re doing and how the players are doing.”
Michael Morse is getting very close to returning.
"I hear he’s feeling really good," Thompson said. "I believe he has nine innings in right field in Tacoma tonight. So we’ll see how he comes out of that. I talked to him briefly today and he’s champing at the bit. He says he feels real good."