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August 9, 2007 at 2:49 PM

Lineups, more on the trade

Tonight’s lineups
Mariners
Ichiro CF
Jose Vidro 2B
Jose Guillen RF
Raul Ibanez DH
Adrian Beltre RF
Ben Broussard 1B
Adam Jones LF
Jamie Burke C
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Horacio Ramirez P
Orioles
Brian Roberts 2B
Corey Patterson CF
Nick Markakis RF
Miguel Tejada SS
Kevin Millar 1B
Aubrey Huff 3B
Ramon Hernandez C
Jay Gibbons DH
Jay Payton LF
Daniel Cabrera P
Yes, Adam Jones is back in the lineup in left field, and Ben Broussard is back at first base, which should make the blogosphere happy. Jose Vidro back at second base — not so much.
Not surprisingly, McLaren wanted to keep Ibanez’s bat in the lineup, so he’s at DH. And Kenji Johjima gets a day off, which is a wise thing to do considering how hot and humid it has been in Baltimore.
OK, about the trade. For those who haven’t heard, the Mariners acquired left-handed reliever John Parrish (who is 29, not 30 as previously reported), from Baltimore. They’re hoping he’s not fatigued from his long commute down the hall to the visiting clubhouse. Parrish joins the Mariners’ bullpen, and Mark Lowe was sent to Tacoma. The Orioles receive minor-league infielder Sebastien Boucher and the ever-popular “player to be named later.”
Basically, from talking to assistant GM Lee Pelekoudas and McLaren, there are two elements to this trade, from the Mariners point of view. One is to get another veteran arm in the bullpen. They don’t mind that he’s their fourth left-handed reliever.
It also allows them to send down Lowe to get some regular work, a move that he supported. Lowe realizes he’s handcuffing the team because he can’t pitch back-to-back days. The club fears that his sporadic use is keeping him from building up his arm strength after being out most of the season. Now he can pitch regularly in Tacoma (the plan is every other day). The hope is that he’ll work into being able to pitch on back-to-back days, and then they can bring him back as a potentially key bullpen piece down the stretch. It’s a sound strategy, I believe.
“We can get Mark down to Triple-A where he can be used on a regular basis,” Pelekoudas said. “It gives us an opportunity to get him in better shape and get ready for later in year, whether later in August, or September, and gives us some better options to look at in September to reinforce the bullpen.
“At the same time, Parrish gives us a veteran pitcher who has been through the wars, and strengthens the bullpen now. He’s someone that can pitch on a more regular basis.”
McLaren also said the team is scouring the waiver wires for a right-handed “innings eater.”
It’s hard to imagine they’ll stay too long with four lefties in the pen. Now let’s settle back and see how lefty Horacio Ramirez does in the unfriendly confines of Camden Yards (where the skies are blue after a morning rainstorm).

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