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May 18, 2008 at 12:10 PM

Sunday’s lineup

1. Ichiro, CF
2. Adrian Beltre, 3B
3. Jose Lopez, 2B
4. Raul Ibanez, DH
5. Kenji Johjima, C
6. Richie Sexson, 1B
7. Wladimir Balentien, RF
8. Willie Bloomquist, LF
9. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
No Jeff Clement as he’s out of the starting lineup for the second consecutive game.
Before the game, manager John McLaren said that Jose Vidro is getting close to be ready to return.
“He’s been getting better every day,” McLaren said. “He feels like he’s close to 100 percent.”
He will start out as DH, and McLaren was asked how he figures to balance that spot in the lineup.
“We’ll keep him in the mix,” McLaren said. “We’ll keep him in the mix.”
That will be an interesting situation, especially considering Clement’s role and his struggles since being called up. But McLaren said it’s really the fact of having three catchers — Kenji Johjima, Jamie Burke and Clement — that forces some tough decisions.
“It’s even tougher having three catchers really,” McLaren said. “I’ve been told he [Clement] hits better when he catches or is in the field. You’ve got Joh starting to swing the bat and we have Burke, who has done a pretty good job every time he’s caught. That has been a lot of discussions, too. How do we use these guys?”

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