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September 24, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Wednesday’s pregame notes and lineups: Mariners at Blue Jays

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Yep, that’s the lineup. McClendon said he’s trying anything to get the offense going. Though the 1927 Yankees could be playing and not score enough runs to overcome the starting pitching in the last four games. It’s been awful.

For as long as Mark Buerhle has been around, not too many players on the Mariners have faced him.

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Here’s his splits for 2014 …

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Manager Lloyd McClendon informed Tom Wilhelmsen earlier that he will start Thursday afternoon’s game in the series finale.

Wilhelmsen made a spot start on July 10 against the Twins and he’s started 43 games in his minor league career.

“I don’t know anything different,” Wilhelmsen said. “I just go out and get strike one.”

The preparation for the start will be difference in terms of warming up.

“It’s clearly different,” he said. “I’m not expected to go seven innings. I’m just going to do the same things I did the last start. I felt fine after and before that. Hopefully we pull out a win.”

As for preparation, there isn’t a ton of reviewing the scouting report.

“I’m not even thinking about it,” he said. “I pretty much know most of these guys. I’ve faced a lot of them before. So I have an idea of what I want to do with them. In the best case scenario, I face one through nine and if I feel good for the fourth, I face one through three again.”

As for possibly being converted to a starter next season, which manager Lloyd McClendon has mentioned at times, Wilhelmsen will wait till they ask him/tell him about it.

“Not yet,” he said. “We still have games here and that’s where my head and heart is”

 

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McClendon said he still plans to have Felix Hernandez pitch in Sunday’s season finale.

“That could change, but as we speak now, I fully expect him to pitch,” he said.

Hernandez is vying for the AL Cy Young award with Corey Kluber. Could a solid start on Sunday help him in his cause? It’s possible.

 

Mariners official game notes … 

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