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It's Felix vs. Junior - And, Oh Yes, Mariners Game No. 125

Down Memory Lane ...

Back in the American League, back in center field, Ken Griffey Jr. is batting seventh tonight for Chicago.

He and Felix Hernandez have never faced one another, so it will be interesting to see - scouts say Junior has trouble catching up to a good fastball. Felix throws one.

Should be fun to watch ...

And Round One Goes To ...

Runners on first and third base, no one out, no score. Junior vs. Felix.

Griffey lines out deep to right field, where Ichiro catches it but has no play.

RBI, Junior.

White Sox 1, Mariners 0 ...

Trouble In Center ...

Wladimir Balentien is a better corner outfielder than a center fielder, and he looks uncomfortable at times in center.

In the third inning, he misplayed a line drive by A.J. Pierzynski and it was charitably ruled a double.

That set up an inning in which the Sox scored two runs, then got to the next Junior vs. Felix showdown.

This time, with two on and one out, Junior grounded into a 4-6-3 double play.

White Sox 3, Mariners 0 ...

Man On Third, One Out ...

You know the litany by now. Adrian Beltre doubles, moves to third on a ground ball. With the chance to cut Chicago's lead, Balentien strikes out. Kenji Johjima pops out.

Beltre stays at third.

The Sox come up and Nick Swisher hits a 3-2 pitch out.

White Sox 4, Mariners 0 ...

Run, Lads, Run ...

Even when the Mariners get hits with runners in scoring position, it doesn't always lead to a run.

Twice tonight, they've singled with men on second base - and neither scored.

Miguel Cairo singled in the first inning with Ichiro on second, but he was held at third base. And in the sixth, Jose Lopez singled after a Raul Ibanez double - and Ibanez was held at third.

Both stayed at third base.

Now pitching for Seattle: Mark Lowe.

White Sox 5, Mariners 0 ...

It's Over ...

Another night, another loss - the Mariners are 1-9 in their last 10 games.

They've now been shutout five times.

White Sox 5, Mariners 0 ...

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