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September 15, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Lineups, pre-game notes, Mariners vs. Red Sox

Red Sox
Marco Scutaro 2B
Ryan Kalish CF
Victor Martinez C
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Daniel Nava LF
Josh Reddick RF
Lars Anderson 1B
Yamaico Navarro SS
Clay Buccholz, RHP (15-7, 2.53)
Mariners
Ichiro RF
Chone Figgins 2B
Russ Branyan DH
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Casey Kotchman 1B
Jose Lopez 3B
Michael Saunders LF
Adam Moore C
Chris Woodward SS
David Pauley, RHP (2-7, 4.39)
The Red Sox, seven games behind the first-place Yankees and 6 1/2 games behind wild-card leader Tampa Bay, are clinging to slim playoff hopes. But looking at the lineups they’ve been fielding in this series, it’s hard to see how they’re goijng to do it (once they stop playing the Mariners). Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Cameron are all done for the season because of injuries.
The Mariners, meanwhile, have three main topics of interest over the final 17 games: When will Ichiro reach 200 hits (he has 189), can they avoid 100 losses (they have 90), and can Felix Hernandez add to his Cy Young resume?


On the third topic, manager Daren Brown declined to address speculation that Hernandez might be held out of one or two of his final four projected starts because of his mounting innings-pitched total (225 2/3, most in the American League and more than anyone in the majors except Roy Halladay’s 228 2/3; Felix also leads all pitchers with 3,412 pitches thrown).
“We’re looking at a few different scenarios,” Brown said. “I don’t like to talk about anything without talking to Felix….I’m not going to say anything to you guys about how many starts he has left without talking to Felix first.”
Hernandez’s next start will be Friday against the Rangers, but he’ll miss by one day a dream matchup with former teammate Cliff Lee. Hernandez opposes C.J. Wilson, while Lee will start Saturday against Jason Vargas. Sunday features Doug Fister vs. Tommy Hunter.
Sean White, who hasn’t pitched since Sept. 1, has a sore forearm, Brown said. He’ll be examined today by the doctor, but Brown doesn’t believe the injury is serious.

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