Manager Eric Wedge gives his famous 'stache the cut | Mariners notebook
Another casualty of the Mariners' franchise-record losing streak was claimed the night before loss No. 15.
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BOSTON — Another casualty of the Mariners' franchise-record losing streak was claimed the night before loss No. 15.
Mariners manager Eric Wedge had spent a few days thinking of shaving off his famous mustache. On Saturday night, after loss No. 14, he finally got out the razor in his hotel room and did the deed.
"Drastic times, you know?" Wedge said. "Drastic measures, I guess. We'll see. I just wanted to get the reaction out there that I've been getting from everybody and hopefully lighten them up a little bit.
"They've been pressing like hell, wanting to win so bad that they've been getting away from themselves. Last night, I thought it was as evident as ever. So, we'll see. Come out here and relax and play."
But the move didn't have its desired impact, with the Mariners falling 12-8 to Boston on Sunday.
"It wears on you and you carry it around like luggage, like baggage," Wedge said of the streak before the game. "And you just can't do that. You've got to come out here, relax and play. If I can help lighten them up a little bit, get them to smile, release some of that anxiety and stress, maybe that will help us a little bit."
Adam Kennedy was pressed into service at third base after Chone Figgins left the team right before game time for what the Mariners termed "a personal family emergency." There was no word postgame on whether Figgins would join the team in New York.
Kennedy had been part of an interesting play in the eighth inning of Friday's loss. With two on, none out and No. 5 hitter Kennedy up, the Mariners put on a rather surprising bunt play.
The ball went right back to pitcher Daniel Bard, who had the lead runner thrown out at third. But third baseman Kevin Youkilis had his foot off the bag and everyone was safe.
Kennedy said that while the bunt wasn't perfect, he would take the result.
"Sticking your face in there (to bunt), with the guy throwing 98, it's not fun," he said.
• The Mariners were expected to finalize plans Sunday night to have Erik Bedard pitch next weekend against Tampa Bay at Safeco Field. Bedard has missed the past month with a sprained knee, and it's now doubtful he'll be traded before the July 31 deadline.
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