It's been said before -- some of the best moves ever made are the ones that aren't made.
The Mariners' decision not to trade Raul Ibanez on July 31 to either the Blue Jays or the Mets had major consequences for Seattle in the early days of August.
The first nine games of August saw Ibanez average .385 (13-for-36), but that just tells part of the story. He hit three doubles, three homers and drove in 16 runs as a one-man wrecking crew.
Ibanez drove in six runs in the seventh inning Monday against the Twins and came back a night later with a five-RBI game against Minnesota. The 11 RBIs tied the Seattle club record for most RBIs in a two-game stretch, and he had 14 RBIs over three games, and that, too, tied a club record.
"This has got to be a great learning experience for guys like (Wladimir) Balentien, (Bryan) LaHair and (Jeff) Clement," J.J. Putz said. "They come up here and see how good you can be to get locked in like Raul is.
"Now those guys realize someday they could be doing this, too. This is about as locked in as I've ever seen him."
R.A. Dickey gave up eight runs in five innings, the second time in his last four starts that he's allowed eight runs in a start. After a scoreless first inning, Tampa Bay scored at least once in each of the next six innings to put the game away.
--IF/OF Willie Bloomquist went on the disabled list Sunday morning after suffering a strained right hamstring while running to first base in the 10th inning of Saturday's game. Bloomquist had been seeing only sporadic duty before that, because he was having foot problems. Taking Bloomquist's spot on the roster was INF Tug Hulett.
--LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma after three starts with the Rainiers in an effort to convert him to a starter. He joined the Seattle rotation Saturday night and had a 5-1 lead in the sixth inning, before the Mariner defense and bullpen couldn't give him the help he needed. "It was good to get back," Rowland-Smith said. "After a couple of weeks it was good go get back out there. I was pretty excited, and I just wish the outcome was a little bit better. But I was happy with (the way he pitched)."
--RHP Carlos Silva, without naming names, accused some of his teammates of playing selfishly after Friday's game, which dropped Silva to 4-13 in his first year with Seattle. Manager Jim Riggleman wasn't happy to hear that, although he didn't directly refute the charge. "He shouldn't have said it to the writers," Riggleman said. "He should have said it to me, he should have said it to the teammate he's directing it at. I'm going to talk to him and a couple other guys. He said the starting pitchers are focused but some other people aren't. That's ridiculous. When I hear somebody say something about selfish play, I challenge anyone to go in there and look at the tape of every game from March 31 to the present time and show me an example of somebody being selfish. I'll stand corrected if somebody points it out, but if you say someone is selfish you've got to show me something specific."
--RHP Miguel Batista, still struggling with health and command issues, is back in the bullpen. Batista's regular turn would have come Saturday, but the start instead went to LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith. However, as fate would have it, Batista pitched in the 11th inning of the game against Tampa Bay Saturday and wound up taking the loss on a sacrifice fly after giving up a leadoff walk. He also pitched a scoreless inning Sunday.
--RF Ichiro Suzuki singled and doubled Sunday and had six hits for the weekend to give him 1,745 hits as a Mariner, moving him into second place on Seattle's all-time charts, ahead of Ken Griffey Jr. Edgar Martinez owns the club record with 2,247. Ichiro also has a 16-game hitting streak.
--OF Jeremy Reed had two more hits Sunday and has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, during which he is averaging .386 (17-for-44) with eight RBIs.
BY THE NUMBERS: 17 -- Consecutive days with games played for the Mariners through Sunday. Seattle gets Monday off before starting a two-game series against the Angels in Anaheim.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I would like to get to 100 wins before I get to 100 losses. I know I'm getting closer to the wins being the same as losses, and when I got here, it wasn't anywhere close." -- LHP Jarrod Washburn, who comes into the week 98-97 after three consecutive losing seasons with the Mariners.
INF/OF Willie Bloomquist (strained right hamstring) was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 9.
LHP Erik Bedard (sore left shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 5. He was unable to throw July 21, but an MRI the next day showed the same impingement he has had. He started throwing again in early August, but he might not be back with the Mariners before September.
RF Mike Morse (dislocated left shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list April 14. He had surgery April 22 and probably won't play again this season.