when will it commence and seal the M's fate?
By the end of this one, there was no question of winning or losing. The only question was what Lackey meant by a couple of pitches that came in the general vicinity of the head of Seattle right fielder Jose Guillen in the eighth inning.
They didn't make contact, but they spun Guillen out of the box. They could have been a message from Lackey that he was upset that Ichiro Suzuki bunted for a hit with the Mariners down 8-0. Or it could have been a reminder that there's still bad blood between Guillen and members of the Angels pitching staff dating to his time with the Angels in 2004.
"The first pitch was OK," Guillen said. "I didn't like the second one. I hope he wasn't trying to say something. He knows me better than that. I hope that's not it. If I find out that he was trying to throw (at me), then we have a problem."