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Can Seattle Avoid A Sweep? Game No. 126

Fight, fight, fight ...

Mariners have been swept nine times this season and are trying to avoid another today.

Last-minute lineup change for White Sox - Jim Thome scratched, and Ken Griffey Jr. now batting fourth.

And we're off ...

Ichiro Leads Off ...

With a ground ball single, his 164th hit of the season. Every year about this time, Ichiro says, his stomach begins to hurt as he worries about getting 200 hits.

After today, the Mariners have 36 games remaining and - as of this moment - Ichiro needs 36 more hits.

Jeremy Reed followed Ichiro with a single, but a double play grounder and a strikeout left Ichiro at third base.

Here Come The Sox ...

Advantage, Chicago ...

Sox open up with a single and double, then an R.A. Dickey knuckler gets by Jeff Clement for a passed ball and a run.

Junior shoots a single into right field for another run an the Sox just keep building their lead - getting a three-run home run from Alexi Ramirez.

After one inning:

White Sox 6, Mariners 0 ...

Junior Marches On ...

Griffey hit a two-run home run, the 609th of his career. That ties Sammy Sosa for fifth on baseball's all-time list.

White Sox 8, Mariners 0 ...

Chicago Marches On ...

Dickey is gone after two innings and 53 pitches, giving up eight runs.

The Sox didn't seem to notice he'd left - they've pushed home two more runs against Jake Woods.

Seattle, meanwhile, got an RBI single from Raul Ibanez, who now has 22 RBI in 17 August games. If he doesn't drive them in, it seems the Mariners don't score.

With all that production, the Mariners have won five times this month.

Whie Sox 10, Mariners 1 ...

Ibanez Marches On ...

Raul's two-run home run is his 20th of the season, gives him 87 RBI this year. On the current Seattle roster, hitters have a combined 32 homers against Chicago.

Ibanez has hit 16 of those.

White Sox 10, Mariners 3 ...

Who's That Lefty ...

The Mariners are being buried, and have been out-scored in three games here, 33-8.

Now, the Sox are adding to the Mariners woes - they've brought in Horacio Ramirez in relief.

Yes, THAT Horacio Ramirez.

White Sox 15, Mariners 3 ...

Limping Home ...

Not the finest six games ever played on the road, and the Mariners went 1-7 against the Angels, Twins and White Sox.

Now they come home to face Oakland in a four-game series, with lefties Ryan Rowland-Smith,

Ryan Feierabend and Jarrod Washburn starting the first three games and Felix Hernandez the last one.

Can Seattle (46-80) gain ground on Oakland (57-69)?

Meanwhile, it's final.

White Sox 15, Mariners 3 ...

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