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)