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4/8: Open Game Thread

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First Pitch: 6:05pm PDT


Kotsay CF Ichiro RF Scutaro 2B Lopez 2B Crosby SS Ibanez LF Chavez 3B Sexson 1B Thomas DH Beltre 3B Bradley RF Everett DH Payton LF Johjima C Kendall C Ballgame CF Johnson 1B Betancourt SS ---------- ----------

Zito (0-1, 47.25??)         Moyer (0-0, 4.05)

Welcome to Dan Wilson Night. Ceremonies are scheduled to begin at 5:15, which leads one to wonder just how they could possibly fill a 50-minute block of time with highlights from Wilson's baseball career. Expect a 37-minute speech from his wife talking about how great Dan is at home and with the kids, a six-minute speech from Dan himself thanking everyone ("especially the city of Seattle") for all they did for him, and another five minutes of Dan crying as he steps down from the podium.

If you enjoyed last night's offense, I have good news for you:

It won't be a quick one day in the lineup and then out for Willie Bloomquist. The utility specialist started at second base Friday. Today Jose Lopez is scheduled to return to second, but Bloomquist will get a second consecutive start, this one probably in center field.

On the plus side, at least this time Hargrove's remarkable lack of imagination will result in Willie batting eighth instead of second. Apparently the solution to figuring out which of Petagine and Borchard deserves to stay after Lawton comes back is to play neither and hope that one of them rapidly contracts some terrifying communicable illness worthy of a stint on the 60-day DL. You have to admire that kind of outside-the-box roster management.

Today's game: predict which Mariner has the best day at the plate, and spell out his line score. I'll take Ichiro to go 3-5 with three singles and a stolen base.