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August 7, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Mariners try to get offense going against Orioles: Tuesday lineups, notes

Mariners (51-60)
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13 Dustin Ackley 2B
12 Trayvon Robinson LF
55 Michael Saunders CF
63 Jesus Montero DH
15 Kyle Seager 3B
33 Casper Wells RF
20 Mike Carp 1B
30 Miguel Olivo C
61 Muninori Kawasaki SS
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49 Blake Beavan RHP
Orioles (58-51)
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21 Nick Markakis RF
2 JJ Hardy SS
19 Chris Davis DH
10 Adam Jones CF
32 Matt Wieters C
24 Wilson Betemit 3B
49 Nate McLouth LF
12 Mark Reynolds 1B
35 Omar Quintanilla 2B
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53 Zach Britton LHP
Remember when the Mariners offense seemed to be finally clicking on the last homestand? Not so much anymore. In the first four games of this road trip — three of them losses — the Mariners have scored a total of seven runs. That’s 1.75 per game, which won’t win you many games that Felix Hernandez isn’t starting. They began the trip averaging 4.87 runs per game on the road — and they’ve played in two hitter-friendly ballparks, Yankee Stadium and Camden Yards.
So far, they are hitting .181 (23-for-127) in the four games. And they won’t have the right-handed bat of Brendan Ryan in the lineup today, which Eric Wedge really wanted against left-hander Zach Britton. Munenori Kawasaki, who starts for the third straight game, has just one hit all year against left-handers (in just 12 at-bats). Ryan is hitting just .204 overall (compared to .200 for Kawasaki), but is hitting .274 over his last 40 games since June 16.
Britton comes into the game with an 8.35 ERA in four starts, so it’s not like they’re facing Dave McNally (to cite a great Orioles southpaw from the past, the pride of Billings, Mont.)


Ryan’s left elbow was still too sore to go. “They’re doing everything they can to get him over it, but he still doesn’t have enough range of motion,” Wedge said. “He’s not ready to play yet. I think we’re close, but he still has a lot of inflammation.”
Wedge has switch-hitter Trayvon Robinson hitting second in an attempt to spark the offense.
“I’m just trying to mix it up a little bit,” he said. “We haven’t done much offensively on this trip. He swung well the other night, three line drive outs. This gives us a different look up top there, keeps (Casper) Wells in an RBI situation in the middle. We’ll see if that helps us a little bit.
“We haven’t been able to get much going offensively on this trip. It would be nice to break out tonight. I don’t feel like we’re giving away at-bats. I feel we’ve missed some pitches we should be squaring up. Hopefully, we’ll do better tonight.”
One other note: Wedge said left-hander Charlie Furbush, who gave up a run in an inning of work for Tacoma in his second rehab appearance (strained triceps), still isn’t ready to come up. The plan is for him to pitch again on Wednesday.
“He feels pretty good, but he’s still not where he needs to be before he gets back up here,” Wedge said.

Comments | Topics: Brendan Ryan, Dustin Ackley, Jesus Montero

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