MORNING NEWS, MARINERS
The last two Shock games have been interesting – in totally different ways.
Two weeks ago, the Spokane team won 66-63 by scoring on the final play of the night. Last night the Shock pulled out a 52-47 win all because John Koker got his chin strap buckled in time and threw his body in front of Everett's Raymond Little II, who looked to be headed for a go-ahead touchdown. Then they overcame their inability to gain an inch on third down to survive Everett's final scoring attempt on the game's last play.
• For you Cougar fans, we give you two for the price of one today. That would John Blanchette's profile of the Pickler sisters, headed to the NCAA Track and Field championships in Sacramento, where they will compete in the heptathlon.
• The M's will go for three out of four from the Rangers today (1 p.m.; FSN; 920-AM) with rookie lefty Ryan Feierabend (0-1, 5.40 ERA) on the mound. Saturday, the tiring bullpen – that will happen when you play 183 days in a row – almost burped up all of a five-run lead. Miguel Batista had one of his better starts of the year, and turned that lead over to the pen in the seventh. J.J. Putz got the final five outs, but not before Texas closed to 5-4. Here are the game stories from the News Tribune, the Times and the Herald. From Texas, there are these from the Dallas Morning News and the Ft. Worth Star-Tribune.
• Speaking of the M's, the umpires misapplied a ground rule Friday night and it may have cost Seattle the game (at the bottom of the link). Also, Edgar Martinez was officially inducted into the team's Hall of Fame. Should he be in baseball's Hall of Fame? That, for those of you who are paying attention, is your M's question of the day.
• And then there is this incredible news: Lou Piniella has been suspended indefinitely for his tirade Saturday. So baseball won't touch guys using performance-enhancing drugs to set bogus records but it will suspend Piniella for kicking dirt on an umpire's shoes? Nice.
• With UW just a few wins away from a possible national softball title, the Times' Bud Withers has an interesting column on coach Heather Tarr.
• That's it for this Sunday morning. The wife and I are hea