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July 1, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Thursday’s lineup and pre-game notes

Mariners
Ichiro RF
Chone Figgins 2B
Russ Branyan 1B
Milton Bradley DH
Jose Lopez 3B
Josh Wilson SS
Ryan Langerhans LF
Josh Bard C
Michael Saunders CF
Ryan Rowland-Smith (1-7, 6.18)
Yankees
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Brett Gardner LF
Ramiro Pena 3B
CC Sabathia (9-3, 3.49)
Franklin Gutierrez is a late scratch, still suffering from the stomach flu that knocked him out of the game in the second inning last night. Ryan Langerhans takes his place, batting seventh, and Michael Saunders moves from left to center. Josh Wilson, who had been seventh in the order, moves up to sixth.
Ryan Rowland-Smith has a tough act to follow after complete-game gems by Cliff Lee and Felix Hernandez. According to Elias, those two are only the third pair of teammates to toss complete game wins against the Yankees in the Bronx on back-to-back days since 1985. Roger Clemens and Al Nipper did it for the Red Sox in 1987 as did Mark Langston and Jim Abbott for the Angels in 1991.
“We have good depth in the bullpen, but hopefully he watched a little bit what was going on the last two nights and takes something from that,” Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said of Rowland-Smith. “The pattern with their offense the last two days has been they have been fairly patient early to get the pitch-count up, and later in the ballgame, once there is a deficit, they try to make up by being aqggressive.
“More than anything, you talk about getting ahead of hitters. It will be critical that he get ahead of the hitters and not be too fine. No matter where you are pitching or pitching against, that is a good formula.”


Significantly, Michael Saunders is back in left field after his two-homer game, even with tough lefty CC Sabathia on the mound for the Yankees.
“We talk aboput Saunders’ development, and at some point he’s going to have to be facing tough lefties too,” Wakamatsu said. “The way he has been swinging the bat, I think he’ll be fine.”
Wakamatsu said he likes the No. 9 spot in the order for Saunders for the time being, despite his seven homers and 20 RBI in just over 100 at-bats.

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