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No Ichiro, no Junior – not even Dustin Ackley tonight

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Aug. 31, 2009 at 4:54 pm with No Comments »
August 31, 2009 4:54 pm

The lineup is up and Ichiro isn’t in it, though the team says tomorrow is the day he’ll play.

No Ken Griffey Jr., no Adrian Beltre, who are both taking batting practice – as is top draft pick Dusin Ackley, who formally OKed his contract today.

Ackley took fly balls in the outfield, schmoozed with new teammates and was immediately taken under the wing of Mike Sweeney, who showed him around.

Beltre comes off the disabled list tomorrow, Griffey’s left knee may allow him back in, but Ackley is headed for Arizona and instructional league, then the Arizona Fall League.

Bottom line: No offensive reinforcement today against the Angels. Here’s the lineup:

Franklin Gutierrez CF

Josh Wilson 3B

Jose Lopez 2B

Mike Sweeney DH

Bill Hall RF

Jack Hannahan 1B

Jack Wilson SS

Rob Johnson C

Ryan Langerhans LF

Luke French LHP

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