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June 5, 2009 at 3:23 PM

Friday’s lineup

I’m about to head down to the locker room clubhouse, but before I go, here’s the lineup as posted on the Mariners’ internal site.
There are a number of perils being a reporter who’s whose primary job is to cover football venturing into a baseball locker room clubhouse. Football has locker rooms, baseball clubhouses. Football has coaches, baseball has managers.
I was always tempted to call Mike Hargrove coach just to goad him a little bit as Hargrove had a burr up his backside when any reporter under the age of 35 asked him any question. But goading subjects into getting mad is not something a reporter should ever do no matter how much fun it might be. As Jack Nicholson once said as The Joker, don’t rub another man’s rhubarb.

VISITING TEAM Avg. HR   HOME TEAM Avg. HR
No. 1 LF Denard Span .307 4   No. 1 RF Ichiro .353 5
No. 2 C Joe Mauer .436 12   No. 2 1B Russell Branyan .319 12
No. 3 1B Justin Morneau .348 15   No. 3 3B Adrian Beltre .244 4
No. 4 RF Jason Kubel .322 7   No. 4 DH Mike Sweeney .230 2
No. 5 3B Joe Crede .232 9   No. 5 2B Jose Lopez .231 5
No. 6 SS Brendan Harris .279 3   No. 6 LF Wladimir Balentien .235 1
No. 7 DH Brian Buscher .176 1   No. 7 C Rob Johnson .196 0
No. 8 CF Carlos Gomez .218 0   No. 8 SS Ronny Cedeno .164 2
No. 9 2B Alexi Casilla .163 0   No. 9 CF Franklin Gutierrez .270 3

Felix Hernandez (5-3) vs. Francisco Liriano (2-7)

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