Well, a win tonight. And it only took 129 pitches from Joel Pineiro to do it! In fairness, he was working on seven days rest. But 129 pitches? Soriano hasn’t pitched since Sunday. Mateo threw 5 pitches last night. Rhodes only threw 3. Sasaki hasn’t pitched since Friday. Given that it was a save situation, I’m surprised he didn’t use Shiggy. But this is classic Melvin — when something bad happens (like Tuesday night’s loss), he overreacts huge in the opposite direction.
Boston and Oakland both won, so there’s nothing doing in the standings.
Oh, and I think this is about the best news I’ve read all day: “[Mark] McLemore, who is a free agent at the end of the year, has expressed an interest in returning to Texas according to the Dallas Morning News.” So, uh, good luck with that.
Anaheim (Scot Shields; 4-4, 2.97 mostly in relief) at Oakland (Rich Harden; 4-4, 4.80), 12.35pm
Texas (Mickey Callaway; 1-6, 7.28) at Seattle (Gil Meche; 14-10, 4.08), 7:05pm
Boston idle (home vs. White Sox starting Friday)
Yet another botched bunt (two by Wilson — the so-called “best bunter on the team” — in less than a week).
C’mon guys, this isn’t rocket science.
You know, the “power outage” jokes got really old, really fast. Rizzs has just used about 14 variations of it since Boone homered. The power is back! The power outage is over! I’m an uncreative nitwit!
Oh, and, while I’m here, I’d like to let everyone know that we’re sorry if we don’t answer your emails. We currently have 70 emails sitting in our inbox, and we simply don’t have time to respond to them all. They all get read, however, and we try to respond to as many as we can.
Oh, and as to the Mariners thanking “the best fans in baseball” — Seattle doesn’t have the best fans in baseball, as clearly shown every time Alex comes up to bat.