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July 16, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Blake Beavan will start for the Mariners tomorrow night in Kansas City

This one isn’t official yet and really doesn’t require much stretching of the imagination, but Blake Beavan will be joining the Mariners here in sweltering Kansas City tonight and starting for them tomorrow night.
Beavan should get at least a couple of outings since Erasmo Ramirez is still a ways away from returning. Ramirez will throw another bullpen session or two, then a simulated game and then head out on a rehabilitation assignment.
The Mariners have yet to confirm that Beavan is coming up, but believe me, he will be. Apparently, his flight here landed within the past hour or so. Going back the other way will be one of the bullpen relievers, most likely Steve Delabar because he has minor league options left. Another candidate is Josh Kinney, but he’s out of options and it would be strange to see the M’s risk having him claimed by somebody when they’ve yet to really take a look at him.
The Mariners face three left-handers in a row, starting with the struggling Jonathan Sanchez tonight.
“These three lefties, it’s kind of a unique opportunity, not just for our lefties, but for our righties as well,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. “It’s going to be interesting watching them compete.”

Wedge hopes to get a look at John Jaso behind the plate in one of the games, even though he’s been used sparingly against lefties this season.
Jesus Montero is behind the plate tonight for the first time since suffering that concussion back on July 4.
Franklin Gutierrez had what Wedge termed “a really good workday” today as he tries to make it back from his concussion. Gutierrez is with the team on this trip.
As for yesterday’s game against Texas, some of you may have seen Chone Figgins appear to grab the foot of second baseman Ian Kinsler as he slid in to break up a double-play attempt. The incident was replayed several times on television yesterday and again today on the MLB Network with former Mariners outfielder Eric Byrnes doing the commentary.
Figgins and his teammates looked on rather amused as Byrnes called Figgins a good teammate and said that when you’re between the lines, you do whatever it takes to win.
I approached Figgins and asked him about the play and he insisted that he never intentionally tried to grab Kinsler’s foot. Figgins said that he’d slid in such a way that his hand was outstretched and then Kinsler’s feet got caught up awkwardly and one of them got in the way of his hand.
“I didn’t even know I’d touched him,” Figgins said. “After it was over, the umpire came up and said ‘You grabbed him’. And I was like ‘Really? Oh, my bad.’ I apologized to him and let him know I wasn’t trying to do that.”
Far more amusing to the players gathered in the clubhouse was Brendan Ryan doing a live interview with the MLB Network shortly after with Byrnes and host Chris Rose both in studio doing the questioning. Ryan was outside on the field while his teamates gathered around an indoor clubhouse TV set and were sent into hysterical laughing fits by their at-times quirky teammate.
Ryan seemed a bit nervous at times, as if unsure what to say. He stopped a couple of times, pulled up his headset and took some gulps of water from a bottle, prompting more laughter from his teammates and jokes from his studio hosts.
The best part of the interview came when Ryan — a known clubhouse comic — was asked to do on-air impersonations of actors Robert DiNiro and Christopher Walken, which he did rather well. Ryan then asked whether he could do one of late Cubs commentator Harry Caray, and proceeded to do a routine that involved a joke about “balls and strikes” that carried heavy sexual connotations.
The TV network appeared to attempt to lower the volume on the final part of the routine, but couldn’t get the sound down quickly enough. Ryan’s teammates were rolling around on the floor in laughing disbelief that their teammate had managed to tell the joke on live TV.
Look for a replay, though the latter part might get dubbed out.
The lineups:
2B Dustin Ackley
RF Ichiro
LF Casper Wells
C Jesus Montero
1B Justin Smoak
3B Kyle Seager
DH Miguel Olivo
CF Michael Saunders
SS Brendan Ryan
LHP Jason Vargas
LF Alex Gordon
SS Alcides Escobar
1B Eric Hosmer
DH Billy Butler
CF Lorenzo Cain
3B Mike Moustakas
RF Jeff Francoeur
2B Yuniesky Betancourt
C Salvador Perez
LHP Jonathan Sanchez

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