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September 7, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Mariners will start adding Erasmo Ramirez and Hector Noesi to rotation next week

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The Mariners will try to give two more starts apiece to Erasmo Ramirez and Hector Noesi before the end of the season, doing it by giving other arms an extra rest. Felix Hernandez won’t be impacted, but manager Eric Wedge would not divulge the rest of the plan just yet, in case something has to be changed.
Besidees Hernandez, though, it seems everybody’s start dates could be impacted a bit — even Hisashi Iwakuma, arguably Seattle’s second-best starter in the second-half other than Hernandez.
“It’s going to change a little bit,” Wedge said. “We want to make sure that we accomplish what we want to accomplish here, give ourselves the best chance to win. Iwakuma’s going to continue to start, but there’s going to be a point in time where everybody gets maybe a little bit more time.”
Wedge would not go so far as to say he’s implementing a six-man rotation, adding that the Noesi and Ramirez starts could be “too sporadic” for that.
In other news, we’ve finally got Franklin Gutierrez and Michael Saunders back in the lineup tonight at the same time, as had been expected on Wednesday. Luis Jimenez, who I featured in this morning’s paper, is also getting his first career start as a DH.
I asked Wedge whether he’d seen all he’s going to see evaluation-wise from both Saunders and Gutierrez, or whether there is something more he can learn this year?


In other words, does he feel he has enough of a grasp on both players at this stage?
“I feel like I do,” he said. “I feel like I have a good grasp on that with those two guys. I can’t say that about everybody, but you asked me specifically about those two. I feel like I’ve got a good idea of where they’re at and where they could eventually be.”
The lineups:
Athletics (76-60)
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4 Coco Crisp (S) CF
15 Seth Smith (L) DH
16 Josh Reddick (L) RF
52 Yoenis Cespedes LF
37 Brandon Moss (L) 1B
20 Josh Donaldson 3B
5 Stephen Drew (L) SS
14 George Kottaras (L) C
2 Cliff Pennington (S) 2B
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64 A.J. Griffin RHP
Mariners (67-71)
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13 Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
21 Franklin Gutierrez CF
15 Kyle Seager (L) 3B
27 John Jaso (L) C
55 Michael Saunders (L) LF
17 Justin Smoak (S) 1B
10 Eric Thames (L) RF
39 Luis Jimenez (L) DH
26 Brendan Ryan SS
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34 Felix Hernandez RHP

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