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Dave Niehaus Honored, Erik Bedard Played Catch & Game No. 111

Dave Niehaus Day ...

Hall of Fame broadcaster Dave Niehaus is drawing standing ovations and lots of old friends - Edgar Martinez, Jay Buhner and Dan Wilson among them.

The grounds crew raked 'My Oh My' into the infield and the team dedicated the 'Dave Niehaus Broadcast Center.'

Mostly, it was the chance for the home crowd to cheer a man many consider part of their family.

Congrats, Dave. ...

Meanwhile, About That Lefty ...

Erik Bedard played catch for the first time since a tender left shoulder sidelined him a month ago.

It was nothing too strenuous - 30 throws from 60 feet - but there was no discomfort. The plans are for Bedard to play catch daily, expanding the effort until it's determined he can throw from the mound.

Will he pitch again this season? Neither Bedard nor the team is certaibn of that.

Still, it's a start. ...

Speaking of starting pitchers...

For all the hue and cry about not dumping Jarrod Washburn last week, today's starter - Carlos Silva - may be a bigger issue, long term.

Silva's the first to admit this is the worst season he's been through. With two months left, starting today, Silva needs to show the competitiveness - and the sinker - that made him an attractive free agent.

Silva is signed through 2011, and if he's not an effective starter he has no role.

What does he need today? Innings. He hasn't gotten past the third in either of his last two starts, and has one victory since April.

A 1-2-3 first inning for Silva. ...

Now Playing Center Field ...

He's not Junior and he's not Mike Cameron, so who is Jeremy Reed and what are his chances of playing center for Seattle next season?

Reed hit .346 in the Pacific Coast League and started the day batting .260 with the Mariners - then doubled home a run and scored another in the first inning.

An able defensive outfielder, Reed is a line drive hitter. He doesn't have home run power or a great arm, and his career average is .254.

Given the chance to platoon with Willie Bloomquist, Reed is trying to prove he's better than the player Seattle thought it got in that 2004 Freddy Garcia trade.

Top of the 2nd:

Seattle 2, Baltimore 2 ...

Lucky LaHair ...

Rookie first baseman Bryan LaHair came into the game batting .306, and two of his first 11 hits were infield singles.

"If Bryan gets an infield hit, it's probably not because he's doing something right," joked manager Jim Riggleman.

LaHair has two home runs and 10 singles in his big-league career - and has a little bit of luck working for him.

LaHair's fourth-inning single was an opposite field bloop that dropped just in front of a diving Luke Scott.

They all count.

To the bottom of the sixth:

Baltimore 4, Seattle 3 ...

A New Streak ...

Jose Lopez lost his 19-game hitting streak Saturday, so he started a new one with a game-tying sixth-inning home run.

Lopez has become a dangerous man at the plate - he leads the American League with a .286 average with two strikes.

Bottom six:

Seattle 4, Baltimore 4 ...

The Silva Lining ...

Silva left after 6 2/3 innings, and while he gave up four runs, leaves with the game tied.

It's his best start in weeks.

J.J. Putz, who hadn't pitched since Wednesday, came into the game in the seventh and got a quick pop up.

Still tied ...

A Mariners Rally ...

The team without an identity has charged into the lead with a rally that included two walks, an infield single and a fielders choice - then a Raul Ibanez two-run single.

Excuse the Orioles for wondering what just happened to them.

On Jeff Clement's infield single and Ichiro's fielders choice, Brian Roberts fielded the ball cleanly but couldn't get an out.

Bottom 7:

Seattle 7, Baltimore 4 ...

Speed Wins Games ...

Jose Vidro singled, stole second and scored on a Jeff Clement single. It was Vidro's second steal of the season.

For those worried about Vidro getting enough at-bats to kick in his '09 contract option, relax. He has 303 at-bats and needs 600 plate appearances to force the option.

He won't get them.

Seattle 8, Baltimore 4 ...

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