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Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He provides daily coverage of the team throughout spring training, and during the season.

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June 6, 2008 3:35 PM

No lineup changes

Posted by Geoff Baker

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Today's view comes to you from atop the Green Monster in left field at Fenway Park. Down on the field, the Mariners are putting out roughly the same lineup they always do. All of your favorites are in there. Reprecussions from two days ago? Nope. Here's a fun little tidbit for you. Apparently, the no-towel edict from after the team's last game was eventually halted after GM Bill Bavasi spied Jarrod Washburn drying himself with a t-shirt. At that point, Bavasi ordered that towels be brought in.

Anyhow, with the lineup the Red Sox are fielding tonight, even the regular Seattle nine could win this game. Coco Crisp just got suspended seven games, but has appealed and will be in the lineup tonight. Crisp was part of that brawl last night with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Sox need him because regular center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is hurt. Manny Ramirez has a sore hamstring. David Ortiz is out with a wrist injury. Like I said, if the M'c can't win tonight with Felix Hernandez on the mound, well...they'll have to start R.A. Dickey at some point and just pray.

By the way, speaking of starters, Jarrod Washburn and Erik Bedard have flip-flopped starts. Bedard will now pitch here on Sunday and Washburn goes in Toronto on Monday. Pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre swears the only reason this is happening is so Bedard can pitch on his regular four days' rest.

Lots of big brass here. Team president Chuck Armstrong was down on the field pre-game. He's got a daughter and grandaughter in the area, but when I asked him if he was here to keep an eye on things, he said he was. Bill Bavasi and assistant John Bowles are here as well.


The lineups:

MARINERS (21-39)

51 Ichiro CF
4 Jose Lopez 2B
28 Raul Ibanez LF
29 Adrian Beltre 3B
3 Jose Vidro DH
8 Jeremy Reed RF
44 Richie Sexson 1B
2 Kenji Johjima C
5 Yuniesky Betancourt SS

34 Felix Hernandez RHP


RED SOX (38-25)

10 Coco Crisp CF
15 Dustin Pedroia 2B
7 J.D. Drew RF
25 Mike Lowell 3B
20 Kevin Youkillis 1B
22 Sean Casey DH
33 Jason Varitek C
44 Brandion Moss LF
23 Julio Lugo SS

40 Bartolo Colon RHP


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