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March 7, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Friday morning notes, links and line-up — Cano out of the line-up after having a root canal

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Robinson Cano is not in the line-up for the second straight day. The all-star second baseman underwent a root canal after Wednesday’s game and isn’t feeling too great.

Corey Hart is in the line-up and playing right field. Manager Lloyd McClendon said Hart will play around five innings.

“At some point, he had to get out there,” McClendon said. “He’s moving pretty good. Hopefully, he comes out of it pretty good.”

If you look at the outfield, it certainly could be situation where they have essentially four starters – Dustin Ackley, Michael Saunders, Corey Hart and Abraham Almonte. With platoons, the DH and rest all of them could see plenty of game action.

“It’s a possibility,” McClendon said.

It appears Almonte will make this team because he can play all three outfield spots. McClendon said that any fourth or fifth outfielders would ideally be able to play all three positions. Youngsters James Jones and Xavier Avery fit that criteria, but neither seems ready for the big leagues from an offensive standpoint.

Also scheduled to pitch: Logan Kensing, Carson Smith, Nick Hill, Yoervis Medina, Ramon Ramirez. 

The Reds are on a split squad today. So no Joey Votto. But we do get to see the speedy Billy Hamilton and the not so speedy Corky Miller play today.

Radio: Today’s game will be broadcast live on 710-AM and www.mariners.com

LINKAGE

Here’s my notebook yesterday on Fernando Rodney’s debut.

Speaking of Corey Hart, Jerry Brewer talked to his fellow native Kentuckian for his column 

Nice story from Zac Boyer of the Washington Times, who caught up with Danny Hultzen. 

Here’s some likes and dislikes about the Mariners from  CBS Sports 

Two super fans keep the tradition alive for buying tickets for the Ms’

Buster Olney writes about the situation Ervin Santana finds himself in.

Dr. Frank Jobe, the man who pioneered the Tommy John surgery, passed away at age 88. This guy changed baseball forever with this surgical technique. The guy starting for the Mariners today has had two of them.

Tim Brown wrote about Sonny Gray struggling.

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