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April 12, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Miguel Olivo back in lineup for Mariners, along with Alex Liddi and Casper Wells too

That’s Miguel Olivo down on the field pregame. Hey, wait a minute. Didn’t your mother ever teach you not to stick your fingers into a cage with a curtain over it? I mean, you never know what might be in there.
Could be a little baby alligator with very sharp teeth. Whew! Good thing this guy had to head out with his trainer for a morning run. Last thing a catcher needs is to have some sore fingers. Speaking of which, Mariners manager Eric Wedge says that Jesus Montero — back in there as a DH — got a little knicked up last night, but nothing out of the ordinary with his thumb, hand, writst or anything else. We’ll take Wedge’s word for it since Montero is in the lineup today.
Back to Olivo, he’d best get his fingers out of that cage. Again, who knows what might be lurking? Maybe it’s a mean-looking spotted owl?
Whoa, baby, that would not be good for Olivo. But good thing the owl was off doing whatever owls do. I think somebody locally suggested the Rangers should have signed some more free agents and the owl kept asking “Who? Who?” just to annoy people.
But anyway, no, nothing that was going to endanger Olivo’s fingers. So, what the heck was in that cage, anyhow?

Heck, it’s nothing but an itty, bitty penguin. Il Pinguino, we’ll call him. Turns out, he and some of his cohorts are going to be out on the field for the ceremonial first pitch. Maybe he can talk Olivo into catching, though I’m sure the Rangers have first dibs.
The Dallas Zoo is staging its 4th annual Wildlife Education Day at Rangers Ballpark and I’ll tell you what, I got a real education. I now know you can pick alligators and owls up with your hands and carry them around the ballyard showing them off to people and they won’t bite or claw you or anything.
Oh, wait, no, cancel that. That’s not the message for today. Not sure what it is, to be honest, but hey, we get to see wild animals up close. Even stick our fingers in their cages and everything. Sweet!
Back to baseball, we’ve got Casper Wells playing left field today and Chone Figgins in center so Michael Saunders can get a rest. Dustin Ackley is getting a rest as well with Kyle Seager moving to second base and Alex Liddi playing third.
Mariners manager Wedge said Saunders and Ackley have the usual sore legs that one expects this time of year. We’ll take his word for it. He also says Ackley may still be getting over some of that flu-like illness he had after returning from Japan.
But this is the time in a season a team begins to rest guys and give others a chance to finally play, so we’ll see some of it today. The Rangers don’t exactly have their “A-Team” out there either. John Jaso is not in there, which isn’t a surprise since there’s a lefty on the mound.
The lineups:
CF Chone Figgins
3B Alex Liddi
RF Ichiro
1B Justin Smoak
DH Jesus Montero
2B Kyle Seager
C Miguel Olivo
LF Casper Wells
SS Brendan Ryan
LHP Jason Vargas
2B Ian Kinsler
DH Michael Young
LF Josh Hamilton
3B Adrian Beltre
RF Nelson Cruz
1B Mike Napoli
C Yorvit Torrealba
SS Alberto Gonzalez
CF Craig Gentry
LHP Derek Holland

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