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June 21, 2008 at 3:46 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Braves, 6-21

UPDATE 4:15: The Mariners revised their lineup at the last minute, scratching Adrian Beltre because of a bruised left index finger, with Miguel Cairo taking his place at third. See, I knew it was too early to say no injuries. The batting order was scrambled a little bit, so I’ll fix it down below.
All’s quiet here in Atlanta today. Too quiet. No one fired, no one released, no players called out or ripped, no lineup changes, no injuries. But it’s still early.
A few injury updates: First, the back spasm twins. Brandon Morrow remains in Seattle, but he’s feeling better and will rejoin the team Monday in New York. But Jim Riggleman said Morrow probably won’t pitch until Tuesday, with Miguel Batista as the closer until then. Erik Bedard, pulled after three innings last night, is much improved, but it’s still not known if he’ll make his next start.
Riggleman also said that he doesn’t expect J.J. Putz to pitch before the All-Star break.
“We don’t want to rush it,” he said. “It seems like with those elbows, a guy says, ‘I’m over it,’ and then he gets in the adrenalin of a game situation, and it flares up again.”
Greg Norton is playing left and batting third for the Braves, who will be without Chipper Jones (quad strain) for the remainder of the series. I talked to Greg before the game, and he says he has no hard feelings against the Mariners. He loves it here in Atlanta, but he feels bad that he’s not hitting better (.182).
LINEUPS
Mariners
Ichiro RF
Miguel Cairo 3B
Jose Lopez 2B
Raul ibanez LF
Jeremy Reed CF
Richie Sexson 1B
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Kenji Johjima C
Jarrod Washburn P
Braves
Omar Infante SS
Kelly Johnson 2B
Greg Norton LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Jeff Francoeur RF
Brian McCann C
Ruben Gotay 3B
Gregor Blanco CF
Jair Jurrjens 1

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