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Detroit at Seattle - Game 11

Remember the dreaded Carlos Guillen trade? Of course, you do. Well, this makes it even harder to swallow. All these years later, not only is Carlos Guillen still a Tiger, but so is the man the Mariners got for him - infielder Ramon Santiago.

Worse, both are in the lineup tonight.

It's Felix Hernandez vs. Jutin Verlander. And we're off .

Yuni, Yuni, Yuni

Detroit rolled out three runs and made Felix Hernandez throw 36 pitches in the second inning, and Yuniesky Betancourt didn't help his pitcher.

With one out and the bases loaded, Brandon Inge hit a chopper toward the hole a short, and Beancourt - who did not appear to be going full speed - slapped at it with his glove and knocked it into shallow left field.

Two runs scored.

Hernandez seemed a bit unnerved by the non-play, and on an ensuing squeeze bunt, tried to force a play at home and didn't get an out.

It's now the fourth inning, Seattle doesn't have a hit and Felix has thrown 60 pitches.

Uh-oh.

Tigers 3, Mariners 0.

Here comes Seattle

There's a reason Verlander has a 9.35 ERA, and it's not that he's been shutting teams out.

Taking a no-hitter into the fifth, Verlander allowed a double to Adrian Belte and singles by Russell Branyan and Jose Lopez for a run.

Rob Johnson bunted Branyan and Lopez up a base. Betancourt grounded to third, and the throw home skipped, and when Gerald Laird couldn't hold it, Branyan scored.

Franklin Guttierrez then pushed your basic perfect bunt past the mound and no one made a play on it - single, RBI, tie game.

Ichiro singled up the middle - with the runners breaking - for another run, and the Mariners led, 4-3.

Verlander wild-pitched home a fifth run, and the folks at Safeco Field are on their feet.

They're loud, they're proud, they're enjoying the ride.

After five: Mariners 5, Tigers 3

Branyan sits down

After a hard slide home, Branyan's back stiffened up and he came out of the game.

That probably leaves Seattle with its best defensive infield: Lopez at first, Ronny Cedeno at second, Belte at third and Betancourt at short.

Branyan will be re-evaluated Saturday.

Win No. 8, anyone?

Belte just pushed home Ken Griffey Jr. from first base on a double, and it's now 6-3.

Rookie Shawn Kelley pitched a scoreless inning of relief, and David Aardsma followed with another. Figure the ninth goes to Brandon Morrow, who hasn't pitched in a few days.

Morrow math

Morrow threw 12 pitches, 11 strikes, and finished this one up quick.

The Mariners are 8-3.



Final: Seattle 6, Detoit 3

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