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3/18 Game Thread: Brewers vs. Mariners

If this were the regular season, it'd be a really exciting pitcher's duel: Ben Sheets vs. Felix Hernandez. As it is, perhaps Benny will keep his pitch count low and match Claudio Vargas's six wonderful innings of work from the other day. That would get me excited about the season.

The game is at 3:05 CT, and only available as the audio webcast. I've heard there are other sporting events going on today, such as the men's final of the Pacific Life open between Nadal and Djokovic. So I guess the tv networks have slightly skewed priorities.

In other news, the Red Sox are scouting Turnbow (hat tip, WSB), which allows us to speculate some more about a Turnbow-Eric Hinske trade. At this point, I'd be surprised if Melvin traded Turnbow, though if we could do something like Turnbow and Jenkins for Hinske (where we dump at least a bit of salary), that might be tempting. I don't know why the Sox would do that, though.

Also, here's a comprehensive notes column, including some stuff about the new two-strike approach. I'm at least a few weeks away from accepting that as a legit change, not just random luck over the first dozen games of spring training. Arizona is a hitter's haven, and this isn't the first year the Brewers (or any other team, for that matter) have shown some "real improvement" on offense during March. So let's hold up before declaring our hitters the best in the league, um kay?

Go Brewers!

Update [2007-3-18 16:51:45 by Jeff]: I try not to stray off topic on this blog, but I can't help myself. I'm listening to WTMJ via They just broke in with a breaking news report to announce that a verdict has been reached in the Avery case.

First of all, I don't live in Wisconsin, and while I care a great deal about the Brewers, I don't even know what the Avery case is. But more importantly, they don't have the actual verdict! The point of that breaking news flash is to say that, at 5:30, they will have the verdict. They basically interrupted a show people have tuned in to listen to for an advertisement for their own station.

Weak, dude.