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Seattle Media loves Pineiro.

From the M's website:

SEATTLE -- The final numbers don't necessarily show it, but Joel Pineiro pitched well for the Mariners on Friday.
Nick at Nite says:
Pineiro allowed three runs over his first seven innings, though the bullpen let him down as Seattle fell, 6-1, to Detroit.

Pineiro (6-8) allowed six runs on 10 hits in 7 2/3 innings -- his longest outing since May 6. Julio Mateo allowed two of Pineiro's runs to score during a three-run eighth inning.

For as well as Pineiro pitched, it wasn't nearly enough to keep up with Bonderman (8-4).

Reminds me of the "story" I wrote (pre 8th inning implosion for Joel)

SEATTLE - (AP) Joel Pineiro wasn't sure he had what it took to win anymore.  That all changed on Friday night against a potent Tigers lineup.

Joel Pineiro worked seven masterful innings, striking out two, walking two, and giving up three earned runs.  He got into trouble early, allowing a first inning run, but hits and runs were few and far between after that.

One of those came on Craig Monroe's monsterous homer to left field, into the upper deck.  Pineiro wasn't fazed.  "I let one bad one go by," Pineiro said.  "I think I had my best stuff today, and if it's good enough to hold the Tigers to three, I feel I've really proven myself."

Manager Mike Hargrove agreed.  "Joel ran into some problems early, but he's a gamer.  He's got a never-say-die attitude and never gives up.  He's a good guy to have on the roster."

The problem today was the offense.  "I pitched good enough for the win, they just couldn't score for me," Pineiro said.  "I did my job.  It's time for them to start doing theirs."  The Mariners were shut out for the 11th time this season, and they let another gem go to waste today.  Seattle pitchers, especially those as talented as Joel Pineiro are all starting to feel the offense needs to come out and play.  After all, the pitchers can only do so much.  Even stars like Joel Pineiro.

Seattle General Manager and Vice President of Baseball Operations Bill Bavasi stated after the game that Pineiro will take over the #1 spot in the rotation following the All-Star Break.

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