ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- With the regular season winding down and
the Angels' first playoff appearance in 16 years coming soon,
Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia sent out a vastly different lineup
against the Seattle Mariners.
Seattle beat the new crew 7-6 Friday night on Edgar Martinez's
home run leading off the 12th inning.
"We were trying to win, but with different guys,'' Scioscia
Although it was Jarrod Washburn's turn to pitch, the Angels' ace
got the night off, along with many of his teammates.
Washburn is expected to pitch Tuesday when the AL wild card
winners begin the playoffs at New York against the Yankees.
"We talked after we clinched it and Jarrod felt better about
throwing in the bullpen tonight rather than being in the game,''
"I was interested in getting guys off their feet and getting
some other guys playing time,'' Scioscia said. "We'll definitely
have everybody back in there Sunday so they don't lose their
Seattle manager Lou Piniella also missed the game, but for a
different reason. He served a one-game suspension for a
base-throwing tantrum in a Sept. 18 loss to Texas.
Bench coach John McLaren filled in against the Angels and said,
"The guys went out and played hard and played to win. It's just
another example of a Lou Piniella team. We keep playing until the
"He told me to have fun, and I did. We played aggressive, like
his style of ball, and it was a fun game. I've been with Lou 11
years, and that's just a trademark of his ballclub -- play hard
until the last out. I've never seen a game where we haven't played
hard,'' McLaren said.
The defending AL West champion Mariners were eliminated from the
postseason when the Angels beat Texas on Thursday.
Martinez's 18th homer came on Lou Pote's first pitch of the
inning. Pote (0-2) shut out the Mariners for two innings before
Martinez's shot into the seats in right-center.
John Halama (6-5) blanked the Angels on two hits over the final
Orlando Palmeiro tied it at 6 with an RBI single off Aaron
Taylor during a three-run Anaheim rally in the eighth. Brad Fullmer
led off the inning with his 18th homer, and Benji Gil singled in
another run to cut the deficit to one.
Playing before a loud and lively sellout crowd of 43,452 mostly
clad in Angels' red, Anaheim's Scot Shields started in place of
Washburn and gave up two runs on four hits in three innings.
Seattle starter Freddy Garcia allowed three runs on seven hits
in seven innings.
Fullmer also doubled in a run for Anaheim, and Jose Molina was
3-for-3 with a sacrifice fly.
The Angels' scheduled workout Monday at Yankee Stadium is
tentative, depending on whether the Yankees have to play a makeup
game Monday to determine the AL's best record. Scioscia wouldn't
mind, saying, "These guys could probably benefit as much from not
having a workout.'' ... Suzuki will be among major league All-Stars
who will participate in a seven-game, four-city tour in Japan Nov.
9-17. He played against the major league All-Stars in 1996 and 1998
during his nine-year career with the Orix Blue Wave. ... LF
Podsednik got a shower in the sixth inning when, going after a foul
in the seats, he crashed into a fan holding a cup. ... In a pregame
ceremony, Scioscia presented Anderson with the Gene Autry Trophy as
the Angels' 2002 MVP.