With plenty of options for the outfield and at third base, Daren Brown has Jose Lopez back at third base tonight for the simplest of reasons – Lopez makes Felix Hernandez more comfortable.
Matt Mangini will play third – maybe today – and could even get a start at first base in the last five games, but tonight he’s the designated hitter. And, tell the truth: If Felix was more comfortable with a teammate, wouldn’t you appease him every fifth day?
As for the rookie watch, it’s continuing tonight: Justin Smoak, Mangini, Adam Moore and Michael Saunders, at your service. …