Not going to make excuses for some prolonged absences on here. But hopefully that will change in the near future.
Here's Susan Slusser's story from the SF Chronicle. The M's will face Justin Duchscherer, who returns to the mound for the first time since 2008.
The lack of offense didn't surprise me. It's going to happen at times this season. The lack of a decent approach at the plate from certain hitters was an issue. Rookie Adam Moore saw about pitches total in his four at-bats. And look at this Jose Lopez at-bat with Franklin Gutierrez on first in the ninth inning.
"The story comes down to not scoring runs," manager Don Wakamatsu said after the game. "When you get into that situation, you need to manufacture runs and we weren't able to get on base to do with it. We have to be a little more patient and lay off that change-up."
I did like what I saw from Ian Snell (above). Obviously you aren't going to get that type of start from him every outing, but I think he has a better understanding of how to pitch in the AL. And his fastball command has been better than at any point last season.
The Rainiers open the season on Thursday. Yesterday they had banquet for fans and media. Here's a notebook I wrote from there, one thing I failed to mention in there was the sweet, white or cream colored Miami Vice suit that Halman was wearing with a black t-shirt underneath. I swear I could hear THIS every time he walked by. Marc from USS Mariner even got a picture of it with is iPhone.
Columnist John McGrath also was there and wrote this column about the Rainiers opening the season.
If you are looking for some additional Rainiers info as well some interesting insight. Check out Mike Curto's blog -- Mike ... off Mic. The voice of the Rainiers is posting thoughts, news and plenty of other observations.
Jon from Proball NW takes a look at the rosters for Class A Clinton and High Desert and offers some notes and thoughts for Lookout Landing.
Elsewhere around the AL West and baseball
The Angels set a Guinness (mmm Guinness) book of world record for most fans wearing snuggies at a game. They also lost the game as well. Torii Hunter is taking Brandon Wood under his wing to help him have success this season.
Tim Lincecum has worn the same hat for every start of his big league career -- That is awesome.
David Ortiz isn't pleased with the Boston media criticizing his hitting after two games.