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August 25, 2008 6:27 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Twins, Aug. 25

Posted by Larry Stone


UPDATE: 7:05 P.M. Balentienforcer, you're right. I had two shortstops listed. But unlike last time I messed up the lineup, I have a (semi) legitimate excuse. The official lineup sheet that was handed out in the press box had two shortstops, and I was copying that one. Yes, I should have noticed, but it slipped past me. Cairo is at first base, BTW. I have an unexplainably hard time typing up lineups, if you hadn't noticed.

It is still August, right? It feels like April in Detroit, and like an idiot, I didn't even bring a jacket. You'd think after 12 years here I'd learn my lesson.

I shouldn't complain, though. I'm here on the magical night that Miguel Batisa returns to the rotation. Something to tell the grandkids about. Batista hasn't started since Aug. 4, against the Twins. It was a gem. He threw 82 pitches, which got him all the way through three innings, during which he gave up six runs.

BTW, Eddie Guardado is in the house. He showed up at about 5:30. Just in time to prepare some shaving cream pies in case he's needed tonight.

Erik Bedard threw 50 pitches at 90 feet today, off flat ground. It went well, and he'll do it again tomorrow. No word on when he'll throw off a mound, let alone off a mound in an actual game. I'd say the chances of that are getting slimmer by the day.

Lineups

Twins

Denard Span RF
Alexi Casilla 2B
Joe Mauer C
Justin Morneau 1B
Jason Kubel DH
Delmon Young LF
Brian Buscher 3B
Nick Punto SS
Carlos Gomez CF

Francisco Liriano P

Mariners

Ichiro RF
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Raul Ibanez LF
Adrian Beltre 3B
Jose Lopez 2B
Wladimir Balentien CF
Kenji Johjima DH
Jamie Burke C
Miguel Cairo 1B

Miguel Batista P

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