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April 27, 2008 11:45 AM

4/27 Mariners-A's pregame

Posted by Tom Wyrwich

Tom Wyrwich here at Safeco, doing my best to fill in for Geoff today.

The Mariners look to win their three-game series against Oakland today, and they have Felix Hernandez (2-0, 1.67 ERA, .239 opp avg.) on the mound.

Greg Norton (6-for-12, 2 2B, 4 RBI) is back in the lineup as the designated hitter batting fifth, but this isn't just a reward for three hits on Saturday night. Manager John McLaren said the Mariners are going to try and find different places in the lineup and on the field for Norton to fit in.

The Mariners still have Carlos Silva (3-0, 2.83 ERA, .256 opp avg.) and Miguel Batista (2-3, 5.26 ERA, .305 opp avg.) slotted to pitch this week against Cleveland, Silva on Tuesday and Batista on Thursday. Both left their games this week, but McLaren said the M's don't have a reason to believe they won't start as expected.

Also, one more note: J.J. Putz (1-0, 2 saves, 9.00 ERA .333 opp avg.) is available today if needed.

Here are today's lineups:

Oakland

Mark Ellis 2B
Daric Barton 1B
Emil Brown RF
Frank Thomas DH
Jack Cust LF
Bobby Crosby SS
Ryan Sweeney CF
Bob Bowen C
Jack Hannahan 3B
Joe Blanton P

Mariners

Ichiro Suzuki CF
Jose Lopez 2B
Raul Ibanez LF
Adrian Beltre 3B
Greg Norton DH
Richie Sexson 1B
Brad Wilkerson RF
Kenji Johjima C
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Felix Hernandez P

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