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8/26: Open Game Thread

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First Pitch: 7:05pm PDT


Crisp "CF" Ichiro CF Loretta 2B Lopez 2B Ortiz DH Beltre 3B Ramirez LF Ibanez LF Lowell 3B Sexson 1B Hinske 1B Perez DH Lopez C Johjima C Cora SS Betancourt SS Kapler RF Bohn RF ---------- ----------

Wells (2-3, 5.40)           Meche (9-8, 4.66)

Gil Meche sucks. Sucks sucks sucks. And yet, thanks to David Wells' 5.65 FIP, the Mariners have a decent chance at their third win over a pitcher with 200+ career victories in three nights. Manny Ramirez will supposedly be in the lineup, but he's hurting, and this being a road game for Boston means we won't have to worry about any David Ortiz walk-off heroics (although, with the Red Sox being out of the race, he's probably had the last of his "clutch" at bats this year anyway).

Today's Fun Fact: Ortiz is 6-12 in his career against Meche, with four home runs.

Today's Bonus Fun Fact: the Red Sox and Mariners will both be watching the playoffs on TV. Haha.