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August 30, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Seattle Mariners at Minnesota Twins, Aug. 30

Good morning, gang. Pat Borzi here in Minneapolis for one last day filling in for Geoff Baker, a coffee-and-bagels 10:10 a.m. Pacific time start at Target Field. Geoff will be back in the big chair when the homestand opens Friday.
The Twins traditionally schedule midweek getaway-day games an hour earlier than most teams (it’s 12:10 p.m. local time). While a tough turnaround for players coming off a night game, the earlier start helps the departing team avoid the teeth of rush hour to the airport and reach home or the next city at a more reasonable time.
Michael Saunders (groin strain) remained out of the lineup for the sixth straight game, but Mariners manager Eric Wedge said this morning he expects Saunders to start in the outfield on Friday at Safeco Field.
“He’s been pushing so hard to come back,” Wedge said. “The best opportunity for him to play the outfield tomorrow, to play an entire game, is to give him some time today. That’s what we’re going to do.”
Saunders has done everything in his recovery except run the bases, Wedge said, though Saunders showed the training staff in drills that he can change direction without problem. “He’s pretty much there,” Wedge said. “We all don’t want that one thing to happen where he misses the rest of the year. We’re trying to handle this as respectfully as possible.”
Otherwise, it’s mainly the regulars today. Franklin Gutierrez and Brendan Ryan are back in after their days off, with Jesus Montero catching and Miguel Olivo as the DH. Olivo is in there in part because he’s 3-for-8 with one homer against Twins lefthander Brian Duensing, who has been dreadful as a starter this season (2-7, 7.14 ERA).

Blake Beavan beat the Twins two starts ago at Safeco Field, allowing one run in 5 1/3 innings. That run, of course, was earned. As many of you know, Beavan has never allowed an unearned run in his major-league career, covering 35 starts.
The batting orders:
Dustin Ackley, 2b
Franklin Gutierrez, cf
Kyle Seager, 3b
Jesus Montero, c
Justin Smoak, 1b
Miguel Olivo, DH
Trayvon Robinson, lf
Eric Thames, rf
Brendan Ryan, ss
(Blake Beavan, p)
Ben Revere, cf
Alexi Casilla, 2b
Joe Mauer, c
Josh Willingham, lf
Justin Morneau, 1b
Ryan Doumit, DH
Chris Parmalee, rf
Trevor Plouffe, 3b
Pedro Florimon, ss
(Brian Duensing, p)
Two more updates:
*Mike Carp (left groin strain), on a rehab assignment for Class AAA Tacoma, did not play Wednesday night against Las Vegas. Wedge said Carp aggravated the injury swinging at a change-up on Tuesday night. “He felt better after the game (Tuesday) with treatment, and felt better again yesterday,” Wedge said. “I’m hoping he’s feeling good enough to play some first base.”
*Expect one or two callups from Tacoma on Saturday, Wedge said, and more after the Rainiers finish their season on Monday.

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