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GAME THOUGHTS: Tigers vs. Mariners, July 3rd

What I wouldn't give to be in Bigfork, Montana for the Fourth of July. But you know what, Safeco Field is a close second. I can still remember the beating that Tigers put on the Mariners, particularly tonight's starter Carlos Silva in Detroit.

In four games,



Here's a link I forgot to put on the earlier post from a Phillies story
, but the Phils were scouting Erik Bedard on the last trip and the Mariners had scouts looking at one of the Phillies' top prospects.

GAME THOUGHTS START HERE:

9:01 -- Sorry for the long lapse, but I had to finish the game notebook. Anyway, Silva kind of got nicked and dimed to death with a bunch of singles. Nothing that was hit overwhelmingly hard. And he also lost an out, on a terrible call at home by Mike Winters. Clement did a nice job blocking the plate and Ichiro's throw was right there, Carlos Guillen was out, but he called safe.

7:55 -- Three straight singles lead to a run for the Tigers but Carlos Silva gets out of the jam with a 4-6-3 double play, including an impressive turn by Yuni Betancourt, who did a nice job of handling a low throw from Lopez and still making a good throw to first.

7:31 -- Let's see, Verlander just walks two of the last three guys he faces to load the bases, the Tigers call time and meet with Verlander, who's clearly scuffling, and then he gets in and throws one pitch to Richie - and what does he do? Swing. Grounding out meekly to third. Wasn't he watching the previous three at-bats?

7:27 -- Somebody should tell Beltre that just because he hit home run while swinging and falling to a knee, that doesn't mean it works every time.

7:22 -- a good start for the Mariners. Ichiro rips a single through the right side and then advances to third when Verlander tries a pick off throw and the player that appears to have eaten Miguel Cabrera couldn't reach it. Jose Lopez drives him in to give the Ms a 1-0 lead.

LINEUPS

TIGERS (42-42)

28 Curtis Granderson CF

14 Placido Polanco 2B

9 Carlos Guillen 3B

24 Miguel Cabrera 1B

20 Matt Joyce RF

3 Gary Sheffield DH

36 Clete Thomas LF

7 Ivan Rodriguez C

46 Michael Holliman SS

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35 Justin Verlander RHP

MARINERS (33-51)

51 Ichiro RF

4 Jose Lopez 2B

28 Raul Ibanez LF

3 Jose Vidro DH

29 Adrian Beltre 3B

8 Jeremy Reed CF

44 Richie Sexson 1B

9 Jeff Clement C

5 Yuniesky Betancourt SS

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52 Carlos Silva RHP

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