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June 13, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Friday’s pregame notes and lineups vs. the Rangers

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Have fun with that Friday traffic … not much fun at 1 p.m. and it will only get worse.

Another different lineup for the Mariners. Really this should be the expectation.

We asked McClendon about it. Because that’s what we do every day. And he answers it every day in his own unique way. Sometimes it’s serious, sometimes it’s playful, sometimes it’s sarcastic. Today was playfully amused.

“Well I’m just trying to score some runs, keeping you guys interested and have people second guess me and tell me what a dumb s**% I am for changing the lineups,” he said with a grin.

McClendon had talked about hitting Seager second much of spring, but there was no epiphany to the change.

“I’m just trying to mix things up guys,” he said. “We talk about this every day and it’s almost like a broken record when I do things. We don’t have perfect lineup. We try to mix and match. We try to do the best we can. We’re trying to juggle this thing so we can stay afloat till we get some guys healthy. He’s 5-for-10 off this guy so I want him up there as much as he can possibly be.”

Here’s the M’s numbers vs. Nick Tepesch …

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*** Per the game notes …. Brad Miller is hitting .298 (12-for-41) with a double, triple, homer and four RBI over his last 13 game. His numbers in June have been much improved.

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“He’s getting better,” McClendon said. “He’s starting to see the ball a lot better and letting it travel. You saw the line drive base hit the other way, the double to right-center. He’s starting to feel more comfortable at the plate. And that comes from positive results.”

Miller is always going to be an aggressive hitter and McClendon doesn’t want to take that away from him.

“He is what he is,” McClendon said. “He’s not going to change. He’s starting to get positive results. When you get positive results, you start feeling better about yourself. And when you feel better about yourself, you start swinging free and easy.

*** McClendon was asked about Felix Hernandez’s numbers vs the Rangers. No team hits him better. Hernandez is 12-20 with a 4.11 ERA in 41 starts against the Rangers.

“I’ve looked at them,” he said. “I’ve analyzed them. Let’s just say, they’ll be better. I think some of them are probably a little inflated.”

Here’s the Rangers numbers vs. Felix.


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*** Corey Hart is taking batting practice on the field today. He will do some light running tomorrow. He’s inching closer to heading out on a rehab stint.

Of course, he won’t be able to do that until he passes the running test. It took Logan Morrison almost two weeks to get beyond that.

*** McClendon said he’d prefer to stay away from Tom Wilhelmsen and Dominic Leone tonight. Wilhelmsen threw three innings last night and Leone threw 2 2/3 innings. Leone could be used in an emergency. Wilhelmsen won’t be available.

Here’s my weekly hit with Ian Furness and Jason Puckett…

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