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May 4, 2009 at 3:50 PM

Griffey ill, not in lineup

Eyebrows were raised when the Mariners’ lineup was posted this afternoon without Ken Griffey Jr. in it. But it’s not his .190 batting average, or Griffey’s career .188 average against Kevin Millwood, or Mike Sweeney’s 4-for-10 career mark against Millwood, that has Junior on the bench. Don Wakamatsu had Griffey in his original lineup, but the outfielder came down with a stomach ailment after arriving at the ballpark. Starter Felix Hernandez also has a mild case of the flu, but he’ll take his scheduled start.
Here are the lineups:
TEXAS
Kinsler 2B
Andrus SS
Young 3B
Blalock DH
Byrd CF
Cruz RF
Murphy LF
Davis 1B
Saltalamecchia C
Milwood P
SEATTLE
Ichiro rf
Chavez LF
Sweeney DH
Branyan 1B
Beltre 3B
Lopez 2B
Johjima C
Gutierrez CF
Betancourt SS
Hernandez P

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