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April 6, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Ichiro to be examined Wednesday

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NOTE 4:38 p.m.; Hey, they’re playing the Amy song I use for my intro on Mitch in the Morning on KJR AM 950. Either the Twins follow the show, or it’s just a sign from above that I’m supposed to tell you we’ll resume broadcasts with Mitch at 8:30 a.m. this Wednesday. Be sure to listen in.
The Mariners are out on the field, taking batting practice as we speak. It’s not full in here yet, but there are plenty of fans filling the upper decks of the Metrodome already. A sizable contingent of M’s fans greeted the team as it took the field.
Some Ichiro news: he’ll be given another blood test at 8 a.m. on Wednesday so the team can figure out if the regimen of moderate workouts and medication is working for him. Ichiro apparently told Japanese newspaper reporters in Peoria, Ariz., yesterday that he’d prefer to remain there this week rather than join the team in Oakland.
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Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik spoke to us a short while ago and said it’s possible the team could arrange a simulated game and some other activities for Ichiro in Arizona. Ichiro thinks he’ll get more work in there than he could with the team in Oakland. Zduriencik said part of the trouble in arranging Arizona work is that many of the minor-league teams and players will have already left that locale.
So, it’s up in the air for now. But everyone seems to think Ichiro can be ready to come off the DL when he’s eligible on April 15.
The lineups:
MARINERS
LF Endy Chavez
CF Franklin Gutierrez
DH Mike Sweeney
3B Adrian Beltre
RF Ken Griffey Jr.
2B Jose Lopez
1B Russell Branyan
C Kenji Johjima
SS Yuniesky Betancourt
RHP Felix Hernandez
TWINS
LF Denard Span
2B Alexi Casilla
RF Michael Cuddyer
1B Justin Morneau
DH Jason Kubel
3B Joe Crede
CF Carlos Gomez
C Mike Redmond
SS Nick Punto
LHP Francisco Liriano

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