Seattle Mariners

McLaren benches Ramirez

Less than a day after manager John McLaren pulled Horacio Ramirez from the game before he got an out, he yanked the left-hander from the starting rotation.

"Maybe he needs to take a step back, take a deep breath, whatever," McLaren said Sunday after talking with Ramirez. "The Yankees did it with Mike Mussina and it worked out for him."

McLaren hadn't decided who would start Thursday at Anaheim when Ramirez's spot in the rotation comes up. The most likely choices are Jorge Campillo, who relieved him Saturday, Ryan Feierabend and Ryan Rowland-Smith.

Ramirez clearly wasn't pleased to see Campillo warming up in the bullpen after just two hitters. McLaren pulled him after his fourth hitter, the seventh time in Mariners history that a starter hasn't recorded an out.

"The reason we had Campillo up so early is that he's a starting pitcher and he takes a long time to get ready," McLaren said. "I respect Horacio. I know it's not a good feeling seeing someone warming up after two hitters but I had to do that in order to get Campillo ready. The more I saw, I had to make a move."

There's a chance Ramirez, who is signed through this season, has played his last game in a Mariners uniform. McLaren wouldn't say if he would work out of the bullpen.

n DRESS-UP DAY: Sunday was dress-up day for the Mariners' young players, traveled to the Bay Area in costume. When they came back to the clubhouse after the game, the clothes in their lockers had been replaced by outfits that would be a hit at any Halloween party.

Ryan Rowland-Smith was a cowboy complete with a horse to ride.

Wladimir Balentien was a clown with a red nose, floppy red shoes and, of course, sunglasses and his Bluetooth attached to his ear.

Rob Johnson was a 1960s go-go dancer with skin-tight leggings, top and a bare midriff.

Jeff Clement was slightly less appealing than Barbara Eden of I Dream of Genie; Brandon Morrow was Scooby Doo and proud of it; Sean Green a baby with pink jammies and a huge rattle; and Sean White was Buzz Lightyear from the movie Toy Story.

Sunday night in downtown San Francisco, they were on full display when the team bus stopped a few blocks from the hotel and the players were forced to walk the rest of the way.

Closer J.J. Putz, the team prankster who learned his craft from Eddie Guardado, denied any connection of the costumes for the second straight year. Then Green blew Putz's cover.

"Hey J.J.," Green called from across the clubhouse. "Where did you put our suits?"

Of note: Ichiro Suzuki's 2-for-2 day gave him a nine-game hitting streak and kept him in the thick of the American League batting race with a .352 average. Magglio Ordonez of the Tigers leads the league at .357. … Mariners hitters struck out 23 times in the past two games. … Adrian Beltre's fourth-inning homer was his 25th this season, matching his total from last year.

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