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March 27, 2011 at 12:45 PM

Texas Rangers at Mariners: March 27, 2011 game thread

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ADDITIONAL NOTE: We’ll do Geoff Baker Live! from Peoria Stadium a half-hour after completion of today’s game.
Luke French will take the mound this afternoon, trying to land a bullpen spot after getting beaten out in the rotation by Michael Pineda. But the real pitching attraction here today took place this morning on a back field as Felix Hernandez completely obliterated a group of mostly Class A and AA players in a minor league intrasquad game, though there were some AAA guys mixed in.
Hernandez struck out 10 batters over seven official innings, allowing just two hits — one of them an infield single by Johermyn Chavez — in a 103-pitch performance. Unofficially, he threw 8 1/3 inning, getting some extra batters added in, including two he personally requested at the very end.
“I needed to work from the stretch,” he said.
That’s tough to do when you’re striking everybody out and not allowing baserunners. So, a runner was put on and Hernandez quickly retired the final two guys.
Yes, he’s ready.
In other news, the Mariners met this morning with Franklin Gutierrez and team doctors. Still no word on what’s been ailing the center fielder. The doctors are ruling things out through process of elimination, but have yet to pinpoint the cause of Gutierrez’s stomach distress.
Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik said team officials will meet later this afternoon to make a decision on what to do with Gutierrez to start the season. A stint on the DL seems a foregone conclusion.


The lineups:
RANGERS
DH Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
LF Josh Hamilton
3B Adrian Beltre
2B Michael Young
RF David Murphy
1B Mike Napoli
C Matt Treanor
CF Julio Borbon
RHP Colby Lewis
MARINERS
RF Ichiro
3B Chone Figgins
LF Milton Bradley
DH Jack Cust
CF Ryan Langerhans
C Adam Moore
1B Adam Kennedy
SS Luis Rodriguez
2B Josh Wilson
LHP Luke French

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