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August 3, 2014 at 7:35 AM

Sunday’s pregame notes and lineups for Mariners at Orioles

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Manager Lloyd McClendon was asked about the playing time decisions between Chris Taylor and Brad Miller. It’s not a straight platoon. And it won’t be. ‘

“I’m going to play the guy that gives us the best chance to win that particular day,” McClendon said. “(Tillman) is pretty tough on righties. We’ll see if he can spark us. Hell, it’s a short ballpark, maybe he can pop one out.”

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Michael Saunders won’t take batting practice today. He will get a day off to go with tomorrow’s off day. The Mariners will work him out hard on Tuesday to see how much he is progressing from a strained oblique. The hope is that he can go out on a rehab assignment by the end of next week. He will start DHing at first. He has really yet to test the oblique with all-out throwing from the outfield.

“That’s the last thing that comes,” McClendon said. “He’s throwing controlled right now. He needs to take a full outfield with different angles, to the line and in the gap, throwing to all the bases and spinning and throwing. All that. I would say we are getting close.”

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From the folks at the Elias Sports Bureau ….Robinson Cano’s .361 career batting average and .586 lifetime slugging percentage at Camden Yards are both the highest for any visiting player with at least 200 at-bats in that park.

 From earlier

Brad Miller is back in the lineup after being out a few days. Chris Taylor has played well, but manager Lloyd McClendon has said he will vary the playing time based on match-ups. He also isn’t going to let Miller rot on the bench. It’s different situation than not playing Willie Bloomquist for five days at a time.

Chris Denorfia gets the start in right field today as well.

This is the 101st different lineup used by McClendon this season.

Chris Tillman’s splits are pretty even. Here’s the Mariners’ numbers against him.

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Having some fun with baseball reference …

Dustin Ackley’s numbers before July 1.

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Dustin Ackley after from July 1 to present …

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Obviously, the unusually high BAbip is a concern and probably not sustainable. But might as well enjoy the ride while you can. I don’t know if he’s turned the corner as a hitter. But I haven’t seen him swing the bat with this much confidence in over two seasons.

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