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August 7, 2009 at 4:16 PM

Jason Vargas optioned, Doug Fister selected (and lineups, too)

Jason Vargas, coming off a rough outing last night in Kansas City, has been optioned to Class AAA Tacoma, and Doug Fister was selected from the Rainiers. No official word yet on Fister’s role, but it seems likely he will take Vargas’s turn in the rotation when it comes up Tuesday against the White Sox.
Fister is a 25-year-old right-hander who was 6-4 with a 3.81 ERA in 22 games (17 starts) for Tacoma. In 106 1/3 innings, he allowed 132 hits, struck out 79, and walked just 11. Fister was a seventh-round draft pick out of Fresno State in 2006.
Vargas gave up eight runs in seven innings last night in the Mariners’ 8-2 loss to the Royals in Kansas City. He is 3-6 with a 5.08 ERA in 16 games (14 starts) for the Mariners. He hasn’t won since June 20 and since the All-Star break was 0-3 with a 10.69 ERA in three starts.
The Mariners currently have 37 players on their 40-man roster, so there’s no need to remove anyone to accomodate Fister.


There’s already huge throngs of people here for Ken Griffey Jr. bobblehead night. A sellout is expected. Too bad Griffey isn’t in the lineup.
Joke! Of course he is.
The Rays made a trade today, picking up veteran catcher Greg Zaun from the Orioles. He’s not in the lineup, however.
(STUPID ME — I INSERTED THE ZAUN NOTE IN THE WRONG PLACE AND MESSED UP MY GRIFFEY JOKE. I’VE FIXED IT).
Tampa Bay
Jason Bartlett SS
Carl Crawford LF
Evan Longoria 3B
Ben Zobrist RF
Carlos Pena 1B
Pat Burrell DH
Willy Aybar 2B
B.J. Upton CF
Dioner Navarro C
Jeff Niemann RHP (10-5, 3.62).
Seattle
Ichiro RF
Russ Branyan 1B
Jose Lopez 2B
Ken Griffey Jr. DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Jack Wilson SS
Rob Johnson C
Michael Saunders LF
Felix Hernandez RHP (12-4, 2.78)

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