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7/17: Open Game Thread

First Pitch: 4:05pm PDT


Ichiro RF Damon CF Bloomquist 2B Jeter "SS" Beltre 3B Giambi DH Ibanez LF Rodriguez 3B Sexson 1B Posada C Everett "DH" Williams "RF" Johjima C Phillips 1B Betancourt SS Cabrera "LF" Jones CF Cairo 2B ---------- ----------

Washburn (4-9, 4.58)        Wang (9-4, 4.00)

I don't think there's any way that Jason Giambi doesn't hit at least three home runs in this series.

Also, Wang is a living testament to the power of groundballs - his 3.00 K/9 is godawful, but with two-thirds of all balls put in play staying on the ground, he's been able to maintain a 4.00 ERA and 4.02 FIP. While that works in Ichiro's favor, I'd say the odds are pretty good that he has his way with the rest of the Mariner lineup and ends up completing the game in fewer than 100 pitches. Hope for better, but prepare yourself for a frustrating afternoon.