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July 5, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Ichiro in at DH; Miguel Olivo back at catcher for Mariners

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Funny, but on Geoff Baker Live! this afternoon (replay below), a viewer asked whether Jack Cust was “safe” at DH for now. Sure, he’s safe in the respect that Mike Carp won’t be replacing him on a regular basis now that he’s in Class AAA. Cust should get more playing time. But I also replied that Ichiro was about due for another DH “rest” and what do you know? Ichiro is in there at DH tonight. Greg Halman will be in right field, Franklin Gutierrez in center and Carlos Peguero in left.

Oh yeah, and Miguel Olivo is back in at catcher. We sort of knew he would be after he ran well yesterday. First time in a week for him.
Also on today’s show, a viewer wanted to know how close the Mariners have to be to first place for the front office to consider them deadline “buyers”.
I also re-state my case for why this team should take a shot now. The one thing those who continuously argue for “future building” above all else have going for them is, they never have to be proven right or wrong. Because their end game is always in the future.
On that note, somebody asked me why CEO Howard Lincoln would want to fight for a payroll increase and add a bat this year when he wouldn’t do it nine years ago with Lou Piniella still around and packed houses at Safeco Field.
Somebody asked me about why the team won’t play Jack Wilson at third base. I used the Wilson situation to offer up a comment on how the M’s have failed to maximize their 25-man roster at times.


Mariners (42-43)
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51 Ichiro Suzuki (L) DH
26 Brendan Ryan SS
4 Adam Kennedy (L) 3B
17 Justin Smoak (S) 1B
13 Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
30 Miguel Olivo C
8 Carlos Peguero (L) LF
21 Franklin Gutierrez CF
56 Greg Halman RF
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34 Felix Hernandez RHP
Athletics (38-48)
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19 Jemile Weeks (S) 2B
29 Scott Sizemore 3B
4 Coco Crisp (S) CF
55 Hideki Matsui (L) DH
28 Conor Jackson 1B
12 David DeJesus (L) RF
8 Kurt Suzuki C
15 Ryan Sweeney (L) LF
2 Cliff Pennington (S) SS
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53 Trevor Cahill RHP

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