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Seattle vs. Minnesota - Game #112

Who needs the outfield? ...

Two of baseball's fastest men are playing at Safeco Field tonight - the No. 1 and No. 2 players in the American League in infield singles.

Twins center fielder Carlos Gomez leads the AL with 41 infield singles, and Ichiro Suzuki is second with 31. No one else has more than 25. ...

How Not To Pitch ...

Hey kids, don't try this at home. Miguel Batista needed 23 pitches to get through the first inning - and 13 of those were balls.

Batista, working deliberately, walked two and gave up an RBI double, and didn't seem to want to challenge many of the first six men he faced.

First inning walks to get into the heart of the order? Batista knows better.

Twins 1, Mariners 0 ...

Morrow's Future Is TBA ...

Manager Jim Riggleman admitted tonight that he may have spoken too soon when he saw reliever Brandon Morrow would soon be starting in Tacoma.

The organization hasn't determined just where Morrow is best suited, or where his highest value to the team lies.

"He started in college, but that doesn't really count," Riggleman said. "J.J. (Putz) started in college, too."

There are many cases of great relievers coming out of poor starters - everyone from Mariano Rivera to Goose Gossage.

Where Morrow's long-term future lies, the Mariners have not yet decided. ...

How Not To Pitch, Part 2 ...

Batista got ahead of Nick Punto, 1-2, then threw a waist high fastball that became a home run.

Two singles and a walk later, he was in trouble neck deep - and the Twins burned him with a pair of sacifice flies.

Heading for the bottom of the third:

Twins 4, Mariners 0 ...

How Not To Pitch, Part 3 ...

Before getting an out in the fourth inning, Batista gives up a double and a walk and is lifted.

In all, he ot nine outs, allowed seven hits and four walks, six runs. Batista threw 82 pitches - 41 strikes.

Don't be surprised if Ryan Rowland-Smith is brought up from Tacoma to make a start in Batista's place.

It's August, and Batista's ERA is 6.80.

Twins 6, Mariners 0. ...

Patience Needed ...

The Mariners have talked and talked to Yuniesky Betancourt about learning the strike zone, but at the plate he remains one excited puppy.

If the pitch is in the air, he's swinging.

Fifth inning, one out, Kenji Johjima at second base. Rather than work the count for a hitter's pitch, Yuni swung at the first pitch Glen Perkins threw - a fastball about eye high.

He flied out. The Mariners didn't score.

After 5:

Twins 6, Mariners 0 ...

You Can't Shut Out These Guys ...

Raul Ibanez, Adrian Beltre and Jose Lopez singled to load the bases with no one out, so of course it seemed likely they might even chase Perkins.

They didn't.

Instead, Jose Vidro grounded into a double play, with Ibanez scoring, and Bryan LaHair flied out.

Twins 6, Mariners 1 ...

Look Up 'Scrappy' - It's a Mariners Team Photo ...

Bases loaded, one out, Raul Ibanez hits the seventh grand slam of his career. Beltre doubles, Lopez singles him home, tie game.

Spotting the AL Central's first place team six runs, then coming back for the tie?

Priceless. ...

The Way It Was Envisioned ...

Pinch-hitter Jeff Clement singled home the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Down in the Seattle bullpen, Brandon Morrow is warming up for the eighth. That means almost certainly that J.J. Putz - so effective on Sunday - will have the ninth inning.

Mariners 9, Twins 6 ...

Reaching double figures ...

A 10-run inning can do a lot of things, and this one did. Morrow sat down, J.J. is probably napping.

Cesar Jimenez is in and will likely finish.

Mr. Ibanez has driven in six runs - all in the same inning.

Mr. Batista will not lose.

Amazing.

To the bottom of the eighth:

Mariners 11, Twins 6 ...

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