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M's Notes: Hargrove still mad over call

Seattle Times staff reporter

NEW YORK — It may have been a new day, but it was only a handful of hours since he watched in disbelief as umpire Mike Reilly missed the call at first base that became crucial to the Yankees' 5-4 win, and Mariners manager Mike Hargrove was still steamed Wednesday.

"I'm usually pretty good at letting things go, but this one ... " he said. "I'm probably madder today than I was last night."

Jose Lopez threw out Jorge Posada at first, but Reilly called him safe. Bubba Crosby advanced to third on the play, eventually scoring the tying run.

When Hargrove came out of the dugout for his angry protest, Reilly told him, "I don't want to have to throw you out." The response: "Well, you're going to have to because I'm staying out here on that crap call."

So Hargrove got tossed for the third time this year.

"I watched the replay three times last night on TV," Hargrove said. "The call never changed. It was wrong the first time, and [Posada] was out every time I saw it after that. There was a stadium full of people who saw the play, and he [Reilly] was the only one who didn't see it right."

Not the first time

A Mariners game has turned on an umpire's call in the ninth inning at least once before.

On July 1, 1991, in Toronto, umpire Ken Kaiser had a direct role in the Blue Jays' 4-3 comeback win, a game in which Randy Johnson took a two-hitter and 3-1 lead into the ninth.

Mookie Wilson led off the inning with a double. Devon White hit a chopper back to the mound. Johnson threw to first, where the ball came at Pete O'Brien out of the sun; he missed it.

The play left runners on second and third, and Mike Jackson was summoned to face Roberto Alomar. Alomar's two-run double tied the score at 3. After Alomar stole third, all that was left with no outs was to walk Joe Carter and pinch-hitter John Olerud and set up a force play.

Left-hander Rob Murphy came in to pitch and got the force, Rance Mulliniks grounding to shortstop Omar Vizquel, who threw home to catcher Dave Valle, who took the throw and threw to first for a double play.

But Kaiser ruled that Valle had pulled his foot too soon.

"It wasn't even close, which is why I called it," Kaiser said of his rare call. "But because of the game situation, I wanted to be sure it was right. I came in and looked at the replay, not because I had doubts, but because I wanted to be sure. He was off the plate by a yard."

Valle made no complaint. But Mariners manager Jim Lefebvre argued.

"How often do you see that? Once a year at most," the manager said. "First basemen come off early, fielders make quick tags and phantom double plays. And now we're going to make that call?"

This one's for Mom

Adam Jones had good reason to be careful with the inscription he printed Wednesday on the ball he lined into center field for his first major-league hit in the seventh inning Tuesday.

"It's going to my mom, Andrea Bradley," the rookie said. "It better be neat, too. She's the one who made me write clearly. I used to scribble and thought that was fine, and I'd tell her, 'You can read it.' She'd say, 'No way, you learn to write properly like your brothers, so everyone can read it.' "

Even before that hit and his second single that came in the ninth, Jones has looked comfortable, striking out only once in 13 plate appearances leading up to the hits.

He struck out on Randy Johnson's 95 mph heat his first time up Wednesday, then on the Unit's noted slider his second time. But thus far Jones has largely followed the instructions he was given when he came up last week.

"I told him I don't care how many hits he gets, I don't care if he doesn't get a home run all year," Hargrove said. "We wanted him to have good at-bats, work the count, stay under control, make contact. He's done all we've asked of him, and he'll be fine."

Hargrove praised the work Tacoma hitting coach Terry Pollreisz did with Jones, and noted that major-league hitting coach Jeff Pentland has also worked well with the youngster.

"They want me to make contact and use my speed," Jones said. "But I've been surprised at how many breaking balls I've seen. I expected to get nothing but fastballs at first, but I've seen it all. Maybe they heard I'm a good fastball hitter."

Notes

• First baseman Roberto Petagine cleared waivers and was sent outright to Class AAA Tacoma, where he is expected to report Saturday.

• The Mariners signed 12 international undrafted free agents, including their second player from South Africa, 16-year-old infielder Anthony Phillips. Each of the players signed is under contract for the 2007 season. They range in age from 16 to 19.

Copyright © 2006 The Seattle Times Company

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