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August 18, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Matt Tuiasosopo earns another night in the lineup

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Breaking news: MLB has made a scoring change from an Aug. 8 game versus the Royals in which Ichiro was awarded a hit. It’s now been changed to an error, meaning Ichiro now has 153 hits and not 154. Ichiro is trying for the 10th 200-hit season of his career, which would pass Ty Cobb and tie Pete Rose for the most all-time.
There was a point last night when Mariners manager Daren Brown wasn’t sure whether he’d be able to get Matt Tuiasosopo back in the lineup tonight after his three-run homer, double and four-RBI outing. In fact, when I asked him about that, he brought up Josh Bard, who has yet to make it back in the lineup after his grand slam and four-hit night against Cleveland last Saturday.
But Brown has decided to give Tuiasosopo another go at it in left field tonight.
“I think it’s important, especially with a young kid when he has a night like he had, to give him an opportunity to get back out there,” Brown said. “On the flip-side of it, it works in two ways. We can use (Michael) Saunders if we needed to, in an emergency. Or defensively, to pinch-run. But at the same time it gives him another day and then with the off-day tomorrow, he should be at 100 percent, or as close as we can get, going in Friday.”
Saunders is still coping with soreness from that shoulder he slammed into the outfield wall while making a catch two weeks ago.
Ryan Langerhans is feeling a lot better today, by the way, after the migraine headache that sidelined him last night and got Tuiasosopo in the game in the first place.

Brandon League is unavailable out of the bullpen tonight. He’s thrown in consecutive games and the team has to watch his workload and innings count as the season moves on and he piles up career high numbers in appearances.
It’s been raining for most of the day here, but it’s tapered down to a drizzle at present. They still have the tarp on the field and players are hitting in indoor cages instead of taking outdoor BP.
Spoke to catcher Adam Moore and he said he’s put back on all of the weight he lost during Monday night’s humidity-packed, 11-inning game. Moore dropped 12 pounds in the one game alone, falling from 227 to 215.
“It felt awful,” he said. “I went through three undershirts and two (game) jerseys.”
Moore complaining about the heat is news, since he hails from Arlington, Tex. Monday was his first game ever in Baltimore.
“I didn’t know it got that hot out here,” he said.
The lineups:
RF Ichiro
2B Chone Figgins
DH Russell Branyan
3B Jose Lopez
CF Franklin Gutierrez
1B Casey Kotchman
C Adam Moore
LF Matt Tuiasosopo
SS Josh Wilson
RHP David Pauley
2B Brian Roberts
RF Nick Markakis
1B Ty Wigginton
DH Luke Scott
CF Adam Jones
LF Felix Pie
C Matt Wieters
SS Cesar Izturis
3B Josh Bell
RHP Jeremy Guthrie

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