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July 21, 2008 5:34 PM

LaHair, Clement in lineup

Posted by Geoff Baker

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Those of you hoping to see some youth in the lineup tonight will get your wish as Bryan LaHair, above, makes his second start at first base. Jeff Clement will catch, even though there's a lefty on the mound in Jon Lester and both aforementioned hitters are southpaws.

Erik Bedard did not throw today, at least not outdoors. Manager Jim Riggleman said Bedard threw a bit in the batting cage under the stadium yesterday and might do so again today. That was news to pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre, though he said throwing in the cage can be about as good as playing catch outdoors.

I spoke to Stottlemyre and bullpen coach Norm Charlton about Brandon Morrow possibly being converted to a starting role this season. Both told me that, right now, with J.J. Putz still working his way back from injury, Morrow plays too key a role in the bullpen to be moved.

Charlton told me that back in 1990, Lou Piniella converted him to a starting role out of the bullpen after he'd been throwing one and two-inning stints. Said it took him about two weeks to get up to five innings, but that it was out of necessity because of injuries to the Reds' rotation. Charlton was the kind of pitcher who routinely threw 25 pitches per frame in any event. Not like Morrow that way.

In Morrow's case, Stottlemyre thought he'd probably need a good month of rotation work down in Class AAA before he could be called up and used effectively for more than a handful of innings. And right now, he said, that's not an option being looked at.

Stottlemyre said he could envision a scenario in September where the M's could try to extend Morrow out of the bullpen. By that time, other arms would be up with the team because of expanded September rosters.

"You could probably jump him from one to three innings right away,'' he said. "But after that, it takes time.''

Are the M's even considering such a September scenario.

"To be honest with you, it hasn't even been discussed,'' Strottlemyre said with a laugh. "But you asked me if I saw a timeframe where it would be possible and I told you when I thought it could theoretically take place. But no. we're not even discussing it now.''

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The Red Sox have taken the field for batting practice. As usual, they've brought plenty of fans with them.

The lineups:

RED SOX (57-43)

46 Jacoby Ellsbury LF
15 Dustin Pedroia 2B
7 J.D. Drew RF
24 Manny Ramirez DH
25 Mike Lowell 3B
20 Kevin Youkillis 1B
10 Coco Crisp CF
33 Jason Varitek C
12 Jed Lowrie SS

31 Jon Lester LHP

MARINERS 938-60)

51 Ichiro RF
16 Willie Bloomquist CF
28 Raul Ibanez LF
29 Adrian Beltre 3B
4 Jose Lopez 2B
13 Miguel Cairo DH
39 Bryan LaHair 1B
9 Jeff Clement C
5 Yuniesky Betancourt SS

56 Jarrod Washburn LHP

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