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March 5, 2007 at 11:49 AM

Sweet Lou returns

Like an old Mariners reunion here today. Jay Buhner, Norm Charlton, Dan Wilson, and now, Lou Piniella, who arrived less than an hour ago with the Cubs and fielded all types of questions about his team’s winless start (0-3-1) so far. Piniella even had an on-field “chat” with his players back at the Cubs’ complex in Mesa, Ariz. before the bus ride over.
Lots of talk from Piniella about playing the game right when the umpire says “Play ball!”
So, a pair of winless squads with rapidly-swelling payrolls going at it. Should be fun. Good thing the Cubs are planning to use pitchers Mark Prior, Kerry Wood and off-season free-agent signee Ted Lilly today. That’s because their lineup sure isn’t worth the price of admission and barely meets — if that — the MLB requirement for a mandatory minimum of four major league regulars in the starting lineup.
Anyway, here are those lineups, starting with the M’s.
16 Willie Bloomquist, 2B
29 Adrian Beltre, 3B
5 Jose Vidro, DH
44 Richie Sexson, 1B
23 Ben Broussard, LF
2 Kenji Johjima, C
12 Mike Morse, RF
7 Jeremy Reed, CF
3 Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
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43 Miguel Batista, RHP
And the Cubbies…Note the presence of Pie, who could have beem a member of our all-name team from last week’s blog.
17 Felix Pie, CF
29 Angel Pagan, RF
19 Matt Murton, LF
32 Daryle Ward, DH
8 Michael Barrett, C
7 Mark DeRosa 2B
5 Ronny Cedeno, SS
4 Mike Kinkade, 1B
1 Tomas Perez, 3B
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22 Mark Prior, RHP
**************VIDRO A LATE SCRATCH**************
Interesting developments right off the bat for the Mariners as Jose Vidro is scratched from the lineup and Jose Guillen inserted as DH in his place. The scratch came so late that no one was aware of it until Guillen warmed up in the on-deck circle in the bottom of the first inning. We’re waiting for an update.
Another baserunning adventure for Seattle in the first as Bloomquist tagged Prior for a leadoff double to the gap in right center but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple. Prior then got a Beltre groundout, but walked Guillen, then Sexson to bring up Broussard.
That’s when the rally fizzled on a weak Broussard pop-up to third. So, a double, two walks, zero runs.
Mariners starter Miguel Batista had a 1-2-3 top of the first, getting two groundouts sandwhiched around a strikeout of Pagan. (What’s with these Cubs names? They had Buck Coats scheduled to play earlier in the day as well, but changed the lineup).

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