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July 2, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Mariners’ lineup and pre-game notes, Friday, July 2: Miguel Cabrera scratched, Bedard to start for M’s on Tuesday

Mariners (33-45)
Ichiro DH
Chone Figgins 2B
Russell Branyan 1B
Milton Bradley RF
Jose Lopez 3B
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Jack Wilson SS
Rob Johnson C
Michael Saunders LF
RHP Doug Fister (3-3, 2.81 ERA)
Tigers (41-36)
Austin Jackson CF
Ramon Santiago SS
Johnny Damon DH
Maggilo Ordonez RF
Brennan Boesch LF
Carlos Guillen 2B
Brandon Inge 3B
Al Avila C
Don Kelly 1B
RHP Max Scherzer (4-6, 5.26)
The Mariners — and starting pitcher Doug Fister — just got a nice break with the news that Detroit’s MVP candidate Miguel Cabrera (.337, 20 homers, 68 RBI) has been scratched with back tightness. Don Kelly (.211, one homer, six RBI) will start instead at first.
Speaking of which, Franklin Gutierrez, who has been battling the flu, is in Seattle’s lineup, but manager Don Wakamatsu said he will re-assess after batting practice. Ichiro gets a semi-day of rest, serving as DH, and Milton Bradley will play right field for the first time all season. It’s not a big stretch for Bradley, though. He was primarily a right-fielder last year with the Cubs. His last game in right was Sept.17, 2009, right before his season-ending suspension.
Wakamatsu said he wants to try to get a DH day for Russ Branyan in the coming days, too.
“We’re just trying to give (Ichiro’s) legs a little break going into these last 10 days (before the All-Star break),” Wakamatsu said.


Wakamatsu said that Erik Bedard, coming off his start in Tacoma last night, “is ready to go on Tuesday versus Kansas City, and we’re looking forward to that. We talked to Erik and he’s doing great after his outing. Pitch-count wise, he threw 81 pitches, so he should be at 90-95, somewhere around there.”
Wakamatsu said he got a report on Bedard from Tacoma manager Darren Brown.
“He said he was fine. His changeup command was so-so, and his velocity was 88 to 93. But the biggest thing for us is that he felt good after. He’s in good spirits, is ready to pitch and that’s the bottom line. Even if it’s a short outing on Tuesday we gain a lot getting him back out there pitching. Again, he feels good about the health and where he’s at right now. We’re ready to go with it.”
Asked who he would endorse from the Mariners for the All-Star team, which will be announced on Sunday, Wakamatsu said, “I think you look at the young pitching. Obviously, Fister, Vargas, you’d like for them to get a nod. Obviously, Felix and Cliff are strong candidates. Those are the biggest guys for us right now.”
That’s with the assumption, of course, that Ichiro will get voted into the starting lineup for the ninth time in 10 years (he was a reserve the only year he wasn’t voted in).
“I think it’s a dead giveaway when you’re the star of the All-Star commercial,” Wakamatsu joked.

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