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July 26, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Saturday morning’s pregame notes and lineups for Orioles at Mariners

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Updated 11:22 a.m.

McClendon on LoMo’s rough stretch …. “He did run into a streak of tough luck, hitting some balls right at guys. But lately, they just haven’t been good at-bats, the barrel of the bat has been below the ball. He’s been working underneath the ball. He hasn’t been very productive.”

Is his swing getting a little long?

“Yeah, he’s working underneath the ball, and it gets a little long,” McClendon said. “I think he’s just trying to get hits. Things are not working for him right now. He’s like a lot of our guys, he’s streaky.”

*** Michael Saunders is hitting off the tee now.  But he’s still at least two to three weeks away.

*** McClendon hasn’t seen the results of Willie Bloomquist’s MRI. But seeing Bloomquist hobble down the hallway is a sign he won’t be back anytime soon. “It’s not looking so good,” McClendon said.

*** James Paxton is expected to throw 75-80 pitches with Class AAA Tacoma tomorrow. He will join the Mariners on the road trip to Cleveland where he will throw a bullpen session. The Mariners will wait till after that bullpen to decide whether he needs another rehab start or they would slide him into the fifth spot in the rotation and start that game on August 2.

From earlier ….

Here’s the starting lineup. Jesus Sucre gets the start on the day game after the night game. Manager Lloyd McClendon chooses to go with Brad Miller over Chris Taylor at shortstop for the second straight game, which won’t please some people.

Miller has faced Norris before and is 2-for-4 with a homer off him.

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Lefties have had moderately more success against Norris in his career.

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One lefty that isn’t having success right now is Logan Morrison. Since the game against White Sox where he had three hits, he’s fallen off a cliff. Yes, the BABIP numbers tell you he’s had some bad luck. But there’s also been a lot of infield pop ups lately.

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The offense isn’t good. In fact, it’s awful. Is it regression? Of course. But it’s also this team playing at a level that was expected. This is a .500 team as it is constructed. They are just good enough to win five of six if they bunch some hits together. They are just bad enough to lose four or five in a row when they don’t.

Official game notes …

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