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April 22, 2007 at 11:18 AM

Lineup changes

Well, “SB” down in the comments thread of the previous post, you got your wish. Mike Hargrove is trotting out a much different lineup than we’re used to seeing. Much of it has to do with this being a day game after a night game. Here it is. Note where Adrian Beltre is. Don’t get too excited. Hargrove says this is just a one-day thing because he wants Willie Bloomquist higher up.
CF Ichiro
2B Willie Bloomquist
DH Jose Vidro
LF Raul Ibanez
1B Richie Sexson
RF Jose Guillen
3B Adrian Beltre
SS Yuniesky Betancourt
C Jamie Burke
RHP — Jeff Weaver
Jose Lopez did get shaken up going for a pop fly on Saturday, but Hargrove said he was going to get a day off today in any event and is not hurt. Same with Kenji Johjima, who bruised his calf on a foul tip last night, but was going to be off today anyhow. He’ll catch tomorrow when Cha-Seung Baek (still not officially listed by the team) is expected to get called up from Class AAA for the start.
Speaking of Baek and that Monday start, thanks to those of you emailing in your support, but I honestly did not take offense to anything USS Mariner wrote about me in recent days. Any rumors of a rift are just that. As far as I know, neither of us has any problem with the other.
So there.
Time to direct your emotions towards the baseball team. If they lose today, with Baek on the mound tomorrow, this could get very ugly. Don’t be fooled into thinking the Felix Hernandez injury has bought the team unlimited time. I can’t see this losing streak being allowed to hit double-digits without some big changes taking place.
By the way, I’m surprised none of you have written in about this morning’s notebook column about Brandon Morrow. Especially the part where his manager says he doesn’t mind keeping him around in this role all year. I know what some of you think about that. Figured it would create more of a debate.

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