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Mariners turn triple play, win Daren Brown's first game as skipper

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Well, that was a fine how-do-you-do the Seattle Mariners gave to interim manager Daren Brown in his first game at the helm Monday night.

The M's played so well — turning a triple play and winning 3-1 against the Oakland Athletics — that even Brown (no relation) might be wondering why general manager Jack Zduriencik fired Don Wakamatsu.

"Well, everything looks OK up here. Time to go back to Tacoma and get Wak back in Washington state. See ya', guys!"

Seriously, Brown's first time as a manager in the major leagues was an all-around treat after managing in the minors for 1,485 games.

From the Associated Press:

"If I was going to sit down and draw it up, that's how I would have done it," Brown said with an Oklahoma drawl.

The triple play came in the second inning with Oakland's Mark Ellis(notes) batting against right-hander Doug Fister(notes). Ellis hit a grounder to Jose Lopez(notes) and the M's went around the horn, 5-4-3; Lopez at third, to second baseman Chone Figgins(notes), on to first baseman Casey Kotchman(notes).

It was the fourth triple play in the majors this season and M's first triple-dip since 1995. SABRmagicians say 684 triple plays have been turned since 1876. Great stuff, right?

Watch the triple play

If the replay looked a little funky, in that it appears Ellis beat the throw, you have a keen eye, my friend.

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It was no worse than a tie, which is supposed to go to the runner. You didn't notice it, did you? That's good, because we're just going to let the sorry Mariners win this one thing this one time.

"I was safe," said Ellis, who argued as much with first-base umpire Cory Blaser. "There's not really much else to say."

Being that type of guy, A's manager Bob Geren took Ellis' word.

"He was safe," Geren said. "I didn't see it, but I was told he was safe. Obviously, it ended the inning. It was hit fairly decent. Another foot to the left, and it could have been a double."

Fine, don't play along, guys. Blaser, by the way, is a vacation replacement ump, temporarily promoted from the minors. Hey, that's where Deren Brown is from!

The previous time the A's hit into a triple play, back in April, it was Alex Rodriguez(notes) who started turning it. A-Rod also, more famously, violated the sovereignty of Bradenia in the same game.

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