They've taken off the tarp for the first time in more than 24 hours here, and it's still raining. It's been raining so long here that some Texans are building an ark.
Brandon Morrow's first big-league start in months will be a damp one, with kitty litter covering the mound and the Texas Rangers waiting to see how hard they can hit a wet fastball.
Ichiro needs four hits to reach 200, and the latest question is what the Mariners right fielder weighs soaking wet.
There's a chance this could be a sloppy game, given the field conditions and continuing rain.
Still, it's baseball. Morrow vs. Kevin Millwood. Put on your galoshes, boys!
That was quick
After a 17-minute rain delay, Ichiro slapped the first pitch of the game down the right field line for a double - his 197th hit of the season.
Gutierrez grounded to third, forcing Ichiro to hold. Jose Lopez struck out. Ken Griffey Jr. singled up the middle, scoring Ichiro with his 44th RBI.
In the first: Mariners 1, Rangers 0
That was quick II
Ichiro's second at-bat? Hom run off Millwood, Ichi's ninth of the season.
Lopez singled with one out. Junior doubled him home, his 45th RBI.
In the third: Mariners 3, Rangers 0
Morrow walked a man on four pitches, got an out and then gave up a home run to leadoff hitter Julio Borbon.
After three: Mariners 3, Rangers 2
Jack Hannahan walked and Jack Wilson singled, but with two outs neither had moved up.
Gutierrez went the other way, doubling down the right field line, to get a pair of two-out RBI and give Morrow some breathing room.
Lopez walked and that was it for Millwood, lifted after 69 pitches. With the possibility of a rain-shortened game, neither team is going to have a long leash for pitchers tonight.
In the fourth: Mariners 5, Rangers 2
Five innings in the books, it's an official game. It hasn't been easy for Morrow, but he's still holding a lead.
The pitch limit for him tonight was going to be 100, that out of caution over a tight right forearm he pitched with in Tacoma. With a lead after five, however, the Mariners thought 81 pitches was just fine.
Shawn Kelley now pitching.
In the sixth: Mariners 5, Rangers 3
Adding on in the rain
Raining again, an Griffey walked ahead of singles by Adrian Beltre and Bill Hall, loading the bases.
Hannahan doubled home two runs and, with two outs, the Rangers intentionally walked Ichiro - getting groans from more than 40 foreign correspondents here to watch him hit.
In the seventh: Mariners 7, Rangers 3
And more insurance
Lopez walked and Griffey doubled - his third hit and second double of the night. Beltre singled Lopez home, his 34th RBI.
In the eighth: Mariners 8, Rangers 3
In the end ...
Randy Messenger pitching. After a Marlon Byrd single, Cruz grounded to shortstop, where Wilson slipped and fell flat, tried to roll the ball to second and couldn't - and watched Byrd slid past the bag in the mud.
It was ruled an error, but umpires had seen enough. They ordered the grounds crew to pull the tarp on the field.
We'll all wait awhile, but it's raining harder now that at any point tonight and the field is an absolute mess.
It's a final
Rain delay of 1:06, they call it.
Final: Mariners 8, Rangers 3