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Patience wearing thin with Molina

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"Just before Aaron Rowand’s playing time was curtailed, I got the strong sense that patience from the manager’s office was coming to an end. I am getting that same sense with Molina now. Whether it’s because of his ailing left elbow or not, he simply is not driving the ball. And because his running is such an extreme liability, he presents no shortage of lineup problems. You can’t sacrifice him as the No.8 hitter. But you also can’t afford to bat him any higher in the lineup. Molina grounded into a double play tonight. He also had a single, but that would’ve been a double play, too, if Edgar Renteria hadn’t taken off with the pitch, causing Geoff Blum to vacate his shortstop position."

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