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August 11, 2010 at 11:22 AM

Matt Tuiasosopo playing left field today for Mariners

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Another day, another interesting lineup trotted out by new Mariners manager Daren Brown. Matt Tuiasosopo is in left field, as Michael Saunders recovers from crashing into that wall six days ago. Saunders is taking BP today and should play in Cleveland on Friday after tomorrow’s day off.
Yes, I have another day off. Start the emails. Only have to fly to Cleveland, then I’m home frree.
So, there’s Tui in left. Russell Branyan is back in, as expected, at DH, with Jose Lopez over to third base.
Speaking of manager Brown, one of the first calls he took after his inaugural win as a major league manager on Monday was from his father, Paul.
Paul Brown went 0-8 with a 6.00 ERA for the Phillies in 36 appearances, 12 of them starts, from 1961 to 1968. His FIP was 5.28. Not sure what his xFIP was. He was also one heckuva football coach, but that’s a different guy. The baseball guy had the distinction of being the 6th youngest player in the majors in 1961, turning 20 in June of that year.
Anyhow, to get back to the original point, he was 0-8.
“He talked about going 0-8 and that I won my first game my first day in the majors,” Brown said. “That was special to me, hearing that from my dad.”
Brown’s son is now 2-0 as a manager. So, we have no right to make fun of his lineups yet, no matter how quirky they may seem at first glance.
By the way, the visiting A’s are almost universally confounded by the inability of the Mariners to play for Don Wakamatsu. You’ll remember, Wakamatsu was a very popular bench coach for Oakland in 2008.
A’s second baseman Mark Ellis told reporters after the A’s lost Monday’s series opener that the defeat was doubly hard to take: “Especially seeing our friend get fired from their team, it would have been nice to win this game.”
Wow. We knew Wakamatsu’s own team couldn’t win for him. Now, his opponents can’t either.


The lineups:
ATHLETICS
CF Coco Crisp
1B Daric Brown
DH Kurt Suzuki
3B kevin Kouzmanoff
SS Adam Rosales
2B Mark Ellis
RF Rajai Davis
LF Chris Carter
C Landon Powell
LHP Dallas Braden
MARINERS
RF Ichiro
2B Chone Figgins
3B Jose Lopez
DH Russell Branyan
CF Franklin Gutierrez
1B Casey Kotchman
C Josh Bard
LF Matt Tuiasosopo
SS Josh Wilson
LHP Luke French

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