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GAME THOUGHTS: Mariners vs. Tigers, May 20th


9:24 -- This is awful, the Mariners have scratched a few runs on the board to make it somewhat not as embarrassing, but its a bad loss.

9:04 -- Cha Sizzle Baek is anything but, he's getting absolutely rocked. Edgar Renteria has a career high 5 RBI and is a double away from the cycle.

8:53 -- My God, the fans in the outfield should look out for what appears to be baseball-sized hail that's raining down on them.

8:42 -- This may be off topic a little, but it's 8-1, so can you believe that Shania Twain's husband cheated on her?

I mean look at this picture.... or this picture below.

Talk about a guy that clearly married out of his league. Well, I guess Sophia Bush has some competition.

8:30 -- Any suggestions for a lead to my story?

8:29 -- Cha Sizzle Baek enters the game, Cha Sizzle gives up a 371-foot homer to Magglio Ordonez on his fourth pitch.

8:10 -- There's something you don't see every day, Ichiro usually finds a way to get to that ball, but he was playing extremely shallow for some reason. I know McLaren wanted them to play a step closer because of eliminating the runners advancing first to third, but I don't think he was looking for home to third with the bases loaded. It's now 5-1 and safe to say time for me to start planning on writing about a loss.

8:03 -- Baseball America's Jim Callis, who is a MLB draft guru similar to that of Mel Kiper Jr., released this mock draft... which has the Mariners selecting high school pitcher Tim Melville.

7:49 -- What are the odds that Ichiro attempts to steal another base this series after being thrown out?

7:44 -- Mariners now down 2-1 after Renteria's RBI single up the middle.

7:35 -- Well that was apparently an RBI single for Carlos Guillen, but I think we all know that Jose Lopez should have fielded that ball. Even if he doesn't get the out, he keeps it on the dirt and Cabrera doesn't score from second.

First of all Ichiro was safe at second. I love Pudge Rodriguez. He is one of my favorite players to ever put on a uniform. Part of it was because my college coach made me watch videos of him and his catching mechanics. I also love the way he hits to all fields.

With all that being said, Ichiro was safe at second on his steal attempt. HE easily slid under that tag. But Pudge got that call because, well, he's Pudge.

Ultimately it cost the Mariners a run as Adrian Beltre crushed a 3-1 pitch from Justin Verlander over the wall in left. The ball traveled 411 feet according to the press box.

Also the third strike to Raul was not a strike.

Not a good sign for the Ms having issues with the umps in the first inninng