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July 22, 2009 at 12:24 PM

Wednesday lineups, Gutierrez update, and a few photos

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That’s the giant Tiger statue outside of Comerica Park (not Tiger Stadium, as I originally typed; old habits are hard to break). We just talked briefly to Franklin Gutierrez (who isn’t in the lineup; it would have been a major upset if he was). He showed up two hours ago and has already ridden the bike and had two treatments.
“I feel good,” he said.
Asked if he was sore, he said, “A little bit, but I’m fine.”
Trainer Rick Griffin said that Gutierrez was “OK,” noting he had swelling in his left elbow and inflammation in his left knee. (I’m not sure what the difference is between swelling and inflammation). “Other than that, not too bad,” Griffin said.,


I asked which was more problematic, the knee or the elbow. “The knee,” Griffin said, “because he’s had trouble with it in the past.”
I’ll have the lineups after this picture, which should make Seahawk fans cringe in terror. It’s Ford Field, near Comerica Park, where the Seahawks lost the Super Bowl to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Yeah, I know, they were jobbed by the officials. I was there.
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Don Wakamatsu obviously hasn’t read this blog post yet, in which I suggest it’s time to move Ken Griffey Jr. out of cleanup. Ryan Langerhans is in center for Gutierrez, and Wladimir Balentien is in left.
Mariners
Ichiro RF
Russ Branyan 1B
Jose Lopez 2B
Ken Griffey Jr. DH
Wladimir Balentien LF
Ryan Langerhans CF
Rob Johnson C
Jack Hannahan 3B
Ronny Cedeno SS
Felix Hernandez RHP
Tigers
Curtis Granderson CF
Placido Polanco 2B
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Clete Thomas RF
Marcus Thames DH
Josh Anderson LF
Ryan Raburn 3B
Gerald Laird C
Ramon Santiago SS
Armando Gallaraga RHP
Here’s one last photo, this one of the Ty Cobb statue out behind the stands in left-center. There’s a whole series of statues, including Charlie Gehringer, Al Kaline, Hank Greenburg and Willie Horton.. The latter is the answer to the trivia question, what former Mariner has a statue in his honor at a major-league ballpark.
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