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GAME THOUGHTS: Twins vs. Mariners, August 6th (game #114)

So a few of us writer types were sitting around the table at the Safeco Press Dining Room wondering about whether or not Washburn could still be traded and how it all works.

We all believed it was a distinct possibility considering that the Yankees just watched Joba Chamberlain leave his last start with a sore shoulder. Chamberlain is going to miss his next start for certain, but perhaps more frightening as to the severity of Chamberlain's injury is that he is meeting with Dr. James Andrews, and that's not usually a good thing.

So the need for Washburn could be possible. But how much will his last start - a disaster - and to start influencetheir decision. That's a good question. Do the Yankees 6 1/2 out again want to try youngster Ian Kennedy again, or do they bring in a veteran like Washburn on a waiver trade?

2:01 -- Well it doesn't look like Washburn is helping his chances any. He gave up a single to Randy Ruiz and then Adrian Beltre booted a ball at third to start the problems. Light-hitting Adam Everett delivered an RBI single to score Ruiz. Washburn then loaded the bases with a walk to No. 9 hitter Carlos Gomez. It looked like he might get out of it, but Denard Span took advantage of a poorly executed 0-2 pitch, lacing a triple to right to score all four runs. Twins 4, Mariners 0

2:20 -- Jeff Clement leads off with a single but he is quickly erased as Wlad Balentien hit into a 6-4-3 double play.

I talked with Balentien a little and he knows the scouting report on him: Soft breaking pitches away and then fastballs on his hands once he's down in the count.

"I've been getting better at laying off that pitch and waiting to get better pitches to hit," he said.

As for still trying to be aggressive at the plate Balentien said he just needs to be aggressive on good pitches, and he thinks he's been better at recognizing good pitches.

This will be his second time around this season. And for many players it does get easier. Balentien admitted that the circumstances surrounding his first call up were far different.

"The first time when I came up, the team was struggling and I wanted to do so much to help out," he said. "I kind of created more pressure that I put on myself. Now it's a different situation. I just have to play the game, do what I do and try to be myself."

2:40ish -- Mariners get a run as Jeremy Reed walks and then later scores on Beltre's RBI single. The Mariners are now down 4-1.

3:01ish --- the Mariners get two more runs as Yuni was hit by a pitch and Ichiro singled. Jeremy Reed drove in Betancourt with a single, while Ichiro scored on a fielder choice. Twins 4, Mariners 3.

3:21 -- Jarrod Washburn just worked himself out of some self-imposed trouble. He walked Brendan Harris and Adam Everett after getting two outs quickly in the sixth. But he was able to come back and strike out Carlos Gomez to end the threat. Washburn is at 102 pitches, Twins lead 4-3.

4:00 -- Just when it looked like the Mariners might have a chance to pull it out late, Mark Lowe gives up back-to-back singles and then a two-run double to Brendan Harris. It is now 6-3. It would be easy for a pessimist to say -- "Well this is what happens when you don't have Brandon Morrow." You won't hear that from me. The season is a wash, and what does one win mean any way? Morrow is where he should be at. Sure the relievers the Mariners send out there aren't as good, obviously, but its time to start thinking about next season. Twins 6, Mariners 3 still in the eighth.

4:13 -- The eighth is finally over. Jared Wells, who made his Mariners debut, didn't have the easiest of times. The Twins executed a nice squeeze to score their seventh run of the game. Wells then walked Nick Punto to load the bases. But he struck out Mike REdmond on a nasty 3-2 slider and then got Justin Morneau to fly out to end the inning. Twins 7, Mariners 3, to the bottom of the eighth we go.