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June 12, 2009 at 3:20 PM

Tonight’s lineup: Jose Lopez hitting cleanup (P.S. — IT’S POURING!)

UPDATE 4:07 P.M.: A massive thunderstorm just hit, complete with vivid lightning and, well, thunderous thunder. And now it is absolutely pouring rain. But staff meteorologist Shannon Drayer just told me she thinks it’s going to pass, and we’ll play tonight. Right now, I have a hard time believing that.
With Ken Griffey Jr. benched by the absence of a designated hitter in the NL park, Adrian Beltre hits third and Jose Lopez slides into cleanup. WIth Endy Chavez fifth and Ronny Cedeno sixth, this lineup is not a juggernaut. But you never know.
Franklin Gutierrez (bruised knee) was out doing sprints with trainer Rick Griffin and says he feels fine, but the Mariners are giving him one more day off. And Rob Johnson is back in the lineup at catcher for the first time since injuring his foot on June 5. No transaction yet, but I’d expect one of the two other catchers — Guillermo Quiroz or Jamie Burke — to be going down. It might not be today, however, since Roy Corcoran was not anywhere to be seen in the clubhouse. And Brandon Morrow is still here, pending the result of Ryan Rowland-Smith’s rehab start tonight in Tacoma.
The team didn’t get into their hotel until 3 a.m. after flying to Denver from Baltimore, so BP is in the cages today.
The Rockies have won eight games in a row.
Ichiro RF
Russ Branyan 1B
Adrian Beltre 3B
Jose Lopez 2B
Endy Chavez CF
Ronny Cedeno LF
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Rob Johnson C
Jarrod Washburn P
Rockies
Dexter Fowler CF
Clint Barmes 2B
Todd Helton 1B
Brad Hawpe RF
Ryan Spilborghs LF
Troy Tuluwitzki SS
Ian Stewart 3B
Chris Ianneta C
Ubaldo Jiminez RHP

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