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September 3, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Wednesday’s pregame notes and lineups: Mariners at A’s

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Updated 12:10 p.m. 

Thanks for your patience while I was being a TV star. I just got a call from Anna Kendrick’s publicist. Apparently Anna saw me on television and it was love at first sight.

Anyway, manager Lloyd McClendon, pitching coach Rick Waits and the rest of the coaching staff all watched Chris Young’s bullpen session today. They were watching very closely to see if Young is healthy and if they think he can give them a chance to win on Saturday in Texas.

“He had a good bullpen,” McClendon said. “I will talk to Jack (Zduriencik) today and we’ll have a decision tomorrow. I just wanted to make sure he was healthy. He was hitting his spots. Everything was good.”

On Rodney’s 40th save: “He’s done a hell of a job for us. It’s been huge to have that type of stability out there to have that guy you can count on night in and night out. It drops everyone down into a different slot and allows them to relax and grow.”


Endy Chavez isn’t in the lineup today. I’m sure he wants to be. He said last night he could play every day if needed. McClendon might disagree with that. Since the Mariners acquired Chris Denorfia and McClendon has been able to not overexpose Chavez, he’s put up these numbers …

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“We’ve been able to put him in positions where he has chances to be successful and not expose him to tough lefthanders,” McClendon said. “He’s taken off as a result.”

McClendon was told Chavez believes he can play every day.

“You mean play every day against right-handers,” McClendon said chuckling.


On Corey Hart getting the start …

“He’s healthy,” McClendon said. “He swung the bat well in down in Triple A. Corey Hart can be an X factor against left-handed pitching.”

From earlier 

Can’t go wrong with a pitching matchup like today …. Felix Hernandez vs. Jon Lester.

Manager Lloyd McClendon rolls out his right-hand heavy lineup with Corey Hart at DH, Stefen Romero and Chris Denorfia in the outfield.  Chris Taylor and Mike Zunino are both back in the lineup.

Lester is far from split dramatic. Over his career, both righties and lefties don’t do much against him.

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And this season?

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Here’s how the Mariners have fared against him

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I never get too worked up about the lineups. I know people do. And I understand some of the anger behind it. McClendon said last night that he wasn’t going to have Seager at cleanup today. And he didn’t change his mind overnight.

But feel free to discuss among yourselves.

Official game notes

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