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Remarkable how one half-inning can change the feel of an entire season.

I was on the phone towards the end of the game, watching on mute with a passing interest while assuming that Cordero would nail down another quiet loss for the Mariners. The Ichiro HBP took me by surprise, and my eyebrows perked up when Lopez hit the double, but M's fans know better than to ever take the tying run for granted, so I refused to think much of it until Sexson made it six apiece with a single into center. At that point, a big part of me was ecstatic and a bigger part of me wanted to be able to go to bed, so I was looking for Kenji to be a hero.

Close enough.

You don't have to cheer for Carl Everett if you don't want to. If it's that big of an issue, you don't even have to cheer for his dramatic walk-off home run. What you do have to cheer for, though, is the fact that the Red Sox aren't the only team capable of winning these games, and that one big ninth inning might've turned a whole season around.

Biggest Contribution: Carl Everett, +23.3%
Biggest Suckfest: Jamie Moyer, -14.1%
Most Important Hit: Everett homer, +29.2%
Most Important Pitch: Jimenez walk, -10.4%
Total Contribution by Pitcher(s): -18.8%
Total Contribution by Hitters: +68.8%

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Unfortunately, due to present time constraints and a quick trip planned for the weekend, I won't be able to recap last night, tonight, tomorrow, or Saturday's games. I'm sure you'll all manage, though. Games like yesterday's have a way of taking the edge off of everything.

Padilla and Pineiro tonight at 7:05pm PDT.