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May 8, 2008 at 5:28 PM

Clement out, Lopez to DH

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Jeff Clement is getting the night off tonight after striking out 13 times in his last 23 at-bats. Jose Lopez (showing off his dance moves to Lee Elia above) moves over to the designated hitter’s spot while Willie Bloomquist plays second base. I’m sure Jose Vidro would be the DH against lefty Kason Gabbard if he was healthy. But he’s still out with back spasms and this is the best the M’s can do for a backup at the moment. Clement hits righties and lefties with fairly good numbers, so you know that his sitting has everything to do with performance.
“I think he might be pressing a little bit,” Mariners manager John McLaren said. “He’s trying to get his feet on the ground. They’re making some pitches on him and he’s pressing, so we’ll just let him take a deep breath.”
It was bench coach Jim Riggleman who made the call to pinch-hit for Clement in the ninth inning last night, figuring the Rangers had gotten the better of him on consecutive strikeouts. McLaren had been ejected in the second inning and was watching the game on TV from the clubhouse, trying to pick up on something he could relay to hitting coach Jeff Pentland if need be.
“It looks like a lot of our guys are trying to do too much,” McLaren said. “Last night, I thought we had a lot of wild swings. It could be a frustration thing. The game plan they had, they weren’t applying it last night. I mean, Padilla throws so hard and when you try to do that little extra you’re either going to miss it or you’re going to swing and miss. It looked like, to me on TV, that they were swinging too hard and too wildly.”


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Richie Sexson is back in the lineup tonight.
The lineups:
RANGERS (15-20)
5 Ian Kinsler 2B
12 Ramon Vazquez SS
32 Josh Hamilton CF
21 Milton Bradley DH
7 David Murphy RF
41 Brandon Boggs LF
27 Frank Catalanotto 1B
15 Gerald Laird C
6 German Duran 3B
13 Kason Gabbard LHP
MARINERS (14-21)
51 Ichiro CF
4 Jose Lopez DH
28 Raul Ibanez LF
29 Adrian Beltre 3B
44 Richie Sexson 1B
5 Yuniesky Betancourt SS
50 Wladimir Balentien RF
2 Kenji Johjima C
16 Willie Bloomquist 2B
34 Felix Hernandez RHP

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