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Bobby Crosby

Maybe Bobby Crosby should just skip all future Opening Days.

I mean, can you remember when one guy was so snake-bit by a single contest? Last year, he injured his finger against the New York Yankees. Two years ago, he hurt his back swinging-and-missing against the Baltimore Orioles and missed six weeks.

Now? Well, he’s made two errors, the second of which opened the door to a four-run Seattle Mariners explosion that has broken a scoreless tie in the sixth inning at Safeco Field.

Dan Haren, who had pitched so well, allowed a pair of singles with one out, then coaxed a soft grounder back to the hill from Jose Vidro. Haren made a perfect throw to second to start a 1-6-3 double play, but the ball glanced off Crosby’s glove for an error. Two batters later, Richie Sexson belted a three-run home run (a sac fly by Raul Ibanez followed the error) to center on the one awful pitch Haren has made.

Crosby’s first error occurred when a routine grounder scooted underneath him. Replays showed his footwork was not the best. Bad habits developing in the wake of infielder coach Ron Washington? Just something to think about.

At least Crosby is healthy to this point. So, too, is Haren, but not without a scary moment. He slipped and fell following one pitch and landed hard on his right knee. Of course, that pitch, like the one to Sexson, he would not have been making had Crosby turned the double play. And have we mentioned he’s hitless against Felix Hernandez (OK, let’s let that one slide).

Oh well, for Crosby, there’s always 2008.

rhurd