inessential by Brent Simmons


You asked and asked and asked and asked and asked -- and now it's coming. Soon.

We're experiencing intermittent outages, again, on our main California LAN. Sheila has pictorial commentary.

José Mesa, the Mariners' one bad pitcher, blew it.

Gil Meche, 2.08 ERA, starts for the Mariners today in the rubber game of the three-game set against the Tigers in Comerica Park. He goes up against Hideo Nomo. Nomo's been tough this year so far -- in two starts his ERA is 1.93.

Mariners team ERA is down to 2.79, fully a point better than the second-best AL pitching staff (Cleveland Indians, 3.99) -- and better than the NL's best (Arizona Diamondbacks, 2.86).

Looks like the Rainiers (AAA Tacoma) lost yesterday -- but Ryan Anderson went 6 innings, giving up two earned runs, two walks, one home run -- the only hit he gave up. He struck out 10.