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September 8, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Mariners’ lineup, pre-game notes on Saturday

Here’s today’s lineups:
Mariners (67-72)
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13 Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
21 Franklin Gutierrez CF
15 Kyle Seager (L) 3B
63 Jesus Montero C
17 Justin Smoak (S) 1B
55 Michael Saunders (L) RF
30 Miguel Olivo DH
12 Trayvon Robinson (S) LF
26 Brendan Ryan SS
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18 Hisashi Iwakuma RHP
Athletics (77-60)
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4 Coco Crisp (S) CF
15 Seth Smith (L) DH
16 Josh Reddick (L) RF
52 Yoenis Cespedes LF
22 Chris Carter 1B
5 Stephen Drew (L) SS
20 Josh Donaldson 3B
14 George Kottaras (L) C
2 Cliff Pennington (S) 2B
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49 Brett Anderson LHP
Brett Anderson is making a strong comeback from Tommy John surgery. In three starts, he is 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA, and will be a tough foe for the Mariners. I remember Mariners hitters and coaching staff raving about these guys when he first came up in 2009, and Ken Griffey Jr. in particular was highly impressed with his slider.
But the A’s pitcher I want to talk about is Brandon McCarthy, who is hospitalized in the Bay Area after being struck in the head by a line drive this week. McCarthy buoyed everyone’s spirits on Oakland’s side with a single tweet this afternoon from the hospital: “Crazy about this children’s tylenol, can’t believe they give it to kids.”


The fact that McCarthy could crack a joke, and then went back on Twitter later in the day, is seen as a good sign that he’s feeling better. McCarthy underwent two hours of surgery on Wednesday to relieve pressure on his brain.
Another tweet today from McCarthy on his @BMcCarthy32 acount said, “The good news in all of this, is that I set up my fantasy lineups beforehand. So there shall be no excuses at this point.”
McCarthy also answered the well wishes of 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis by tweeting, “thanks buddy, I feel like I just got hit by you.”
Let’s hope McCarthy keeps tweeting, keeps recovering, and returns to health quickly and completely. The word via Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle is that McCarthy was sitting up most of morning and asking doctor numerous question.
Not much Mariners news today, other than the announcement that Erasmo Ramirez will get a start Tuesday against the Blue Jays in Blake Beavan’s normal rotation slot. Manager Eric Wedge said he hopes to get Hector Noesi a start soon as well.
“I just want to take a look at them again,” Wedge said. “They’ve been pitching down in AAA for awhile. I like Noesi’s second inning last night. I thought that was better. Ramirez’s inning was good. We’ll get them in a starting role and have a chance to watch them even longer.”

Comments | Topics: Brendan Ryan, Dustin Ackley, Hisashi Iwakuma

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