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Next Series
When: 4:05 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10:05 a.m. Sunday
Where: Progressive Field, Cleveland
TV: FSN, all four games
Radio: ESPN 710 AM, all four games
Pitchers: Thursday -- Seattle left-hander Garrett Olson (3-2, 4.42 earned run average) vs. left-hander Cliff Lee (4-9, 3.47). Friday -- Right-hander Felix Hernandez (9-3, 2.53) vs. left-hander David Huff (4-3, 6.71). Saturday -- Left-hander Jarrod Washburn (6-6, 2.96) vs. right-hander Tomo Ohka (0-3, 6.40). Sunday -- Left-hander Erik Bedard (5-2, 2.63) vs. left-hander Aaron Laffey (3-2, 4.24).
After the 88th game, the Mariners will rest
A week ago, the Mariners reached the halfway point of the season in Boston. Sunday, they arrived at a more important juncture: the final game before the All-Star break.
As joyous as this season has been for everybody on this team, it's hard to find anyone who's not looking forward to three days off before the real fun begins.
Closer David Aardsma flew home to Scottsdale, Ariz., where he and his wife will spend three days looking for a new house with a bigger yard for themselves and their year-old boxer, Scooby.
Jarrod Washburn will go home to Wisconsin, where he'll check on the herd of deer that he manages on his property, and spend quality time with family and fishing.
Reliever Roy Corcoran and his wife will unwind at a cabin on the Snohomish River.
Ken Griffey Jr. flew to Cincinnati, where his daughter is playing in a basketball tournament, and will meet the Mariners on Thursday when they begin a series at Cleveland.
And manager Don Wakamatsu, pitcher Felix Hernandez and right fielder Ichiro Suzuki left after Sunday's game for St. Louis, where they'll represent the Mariners at the All-Star Game.
What Wakamatsu wants most is for everyone to enjoy the break and that Ichiro, especially, gets some good rest. He needs it badly.
"Ichiro is at the point right now where I hope he's able to relax over the All-Star break," Wakamatsu said. "He's running a little low on energy.
"What we all forget is that this guy is 35 years old and he's still performing at this level. That's what's so amazing."
He's not the only one who is getting a break at the right time.
Griffey's left knee has bugged him most of the season, and so has center fielder Franklin Gutierrez's left knee.
"It's nothing structural," Wakamatsu said of Gutierrez. "But he's been playing hurt."
Silva may throw by late July
Carlos Silva may seem like a forgotten pitcher, having not worked a game since May 6 because of inflammation in his right shoulder. While there's no indication that he'll pitch anytime soon, or even this season, he is getting better, Wakamatsu said.
"He'll probably start to at least play catch at the end of the month," Wakamatsu said. "The rest will be determined by how fast he progresses. He's almost at a point where he's pain-free in his shoulder."
The Mariners also hope to see right-hander Chad Cordero on the mound soon in minor league games.
Cordero, the Washington Nationals' former closer, had labrum surgery last year and the Mariners signed him during spring training on a minor league contract. The hope then was that Cordero could pitch by mid-June, and he was even targeting mid-May.
Despite constant work at the Mariners' facility in Arizona, his velocity hasn't come around and it looks like they're at a make-or-break point with Cordero.
"We want to get him pitching in a game and see where we're at with him," Wakamatsu said. "The thought process is to ... see if the velocity picks up a little bit more in a game situation."
Of note
Jack Hannahan, obtained Saturday in a trade with the A's because of his stellar defense, hardly lived up to his slick-fielding-third-baseman label Sunday. He made two errors in a game for the first time in his career, and his double-clutch after catching a grounder in the fifth wiped out any chance of a double play. However, he started a double play in the second inning and fielded a hard grounder by Marlon Byrd to get the first out in the ninth. ... The Mariners are 25-15 when Rob Johnson is the starting catcher. ... DH Mike Sweeney, on the DL with back spasms, began hitting off a tee Sunday and the Mariners continue to hope he'll be able to play at Detroit in the second series after the All-Star break. ... Third baseman Adrian Beltre, who had surgery to remove a bone spur in his left shoulder, is progressing well and could be back with the team in about five weeks, Wakamatsu said.
Kirby Arnold, Herald writer
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