Aug. 13 at Cleveland. That streak ended with his eighth-inning double Friday. At the time of his last big hit, the Rangers were 4 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Angels. Let's refer to them as the good old days.
This is fan appreciation weekend for Seattle, and the word THANKS was written in the infield dirt behind second base. But thanks to some handy footwork by Omar Vizquel and Ian Kinsler, the T and the S have been erased, leaving HANK in the dirt. Blalock, of course, may have played his last game for the Rangers.
Anthony Andro sends word from the visitor's clubhouse at Safeco Field that Julio Borbon will be making his first career start in center field tonight against the Mariners. Marlon Byrd is back in the lineup in right field, but Hank Blalock is not returning after taking a Derek Holland knee to the head a few nights ago. Mr. Andro will post the rest of the lineup later.
Ron Washington's lineup today looks like something from a spring training game back in March.
Hank Blalock, Marlon Byrd, Nelson Cruz, Josh Hamilton and Jarrod Saltalamacchia are all out with injuries, of course, so today's lineup against the Angels includes four rookies, a veteran playing out the string and a 42-year-old utility infielder. Michael Young is getting a day off because it's a day game after a night game and Washington doesn't want to push his hamstring.