Michael Pineda dominates: If you don’t know the name Michael Pineda yet, time to learn. The fireballing Venezuelan beast (he’s 6’5″, 225) began his bid to make the Mariner’s starting rotation on a high note. Pineda threw two perfect innings against the Diamondbacks, allowing only one ball to be hit out of the infield. The M’s 5-3 loss is of far less consequence.
State hoops extravaganza starts today: The WIAA’s new format for state hoops gives us a cavalcade of boys quarterfinal games today at the Tacoma Dome — eight in a row, beginning at 9 a.m. The Tacoma News-Tribune has a nice preview of each 3A boys and girls team, and each 4A boys and girls team.
Pac-10 fires 11 football referees: New head of officiating Mike Pereira is shaking up the monolith of incompetence that was Pac-10 football officiating, firing 11 referees and hiring 16 from other conferences.
Mariners add mediocre lefty: The Mariners traded for Cleveland’s Aaron Laffey, a sinkerballing lefty. Laffey has started and relieved in a sporadic MLB career. The Mariners gave up utility infielder prospect Matt Lawson and cash.
What they’re saying…
“I’m not saying (Pac-10 football officiating) was horrible, but it was not at the level that it deserved to be and that this conference deserves to have.” — Mike Pereira
“I don’t think Husky nation should be worried. We’re going to take care of business.” — Justin Holiday
In other news..
M’s catcher Miguel Olivo will call the pitches this year, not the dugout.
Husky guard Isaiah Thomas has the best GPA on the team.
Former Mariner Carlos Silva got into a fight with Cubs teammate Aramis Ramirez.
Some guy wants to make Sir-Mix-a-Lot’s Sonics’ playoff anthem “Not in Our House” the new state song?
The Sounders signed two new players including Lamar Neagle from Federal Way.
The next seven days in Seattle sports…
State hoops quarterfinals at the Tacoma Dome, first game at 9 a.m., last game at 9 p.m.
Hoops: Washington vs. UCLA at Hec Ed, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
Friday, March 4
Baseball: Mariners vs. Cincinnati, 12:05 p.m. (710-AM)
State hoops semifinals at the Tacoma Dome, first game at 3:45 p.m., last game at 9 p.m.
Cascadia Summit soccer: Sounders vs. Portland at Starfire Sports Complex, 7:30 p.m. (SoundersFC.com video)
Saturday, March 5
Baseball: Mariners vs. Cleveland, 12:05 p.m. (710-AM)
Hoops: Seattle U at Idaho, 7 p.m. (710-AM)
Hoops: USC at Washington, 7:30 p.m. (FSN)
State 3A Girls Hoops Championship Game at Tacoma Dome, 3 p.m. (US-joined in progress)
State 4A Girls Hoops Championship Game at Tacoma Dome, 5 p.m. (FSN)
State 3A Boys Hoops Championship Game at Tacoma Dome, 7 p.m. (US)
State 4A Boys Hoops Championship Game at Tacoma Dome, 9 p.m. (FSN)
Sunday, March 6
Baseball: Mariners at San Francisco, 12:05 p.m. (710-AM)
Cascadia Summit Soccer: Sounders vs. Vancouver at Starfire Sports Complex, 3 p.m. (SoundersFC.com video)
Monday, March 7
Baseball: Mariners at Oakland, 12:05 p.m. (No radio)
Tuesday, March 8
Baseball: Mariners at San Francisco, 12:05 p.m. (No radio)
Wednesday, March 9
Baseball: Mariners at Dodgers, 12:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: Sounders vs. Colorado at Qwest, Community Shield Charity Match, 7 p.m.