We're dividing our assets today, with the Whirling Divish in Scottsdale watching Ichiro, Kenji and team Japan while the Mariners are here in Surprise against the Royals.
Gil Meche just worked a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Willie Bloomquist is the second baseman behind him and Tug Hullet caught the cermonial first pitch.
Out in the bullpen, another ex-Mariner, Horacio Ramirez.
Chris Jakubauskas started for the ailing Erik Bedard and his strained behind, and stuck out Bloomqist in the first inning on a brutal breaking pitch.
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After one, no score.