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Pregame notes, lineups & video: Felix Hernandez to start on Tuesday

Post by Ryan Divish on June 8, 2012 at 4:49 pm with 3 Comments »
June 8, 2012 5:03 pm

Not a ton of news coming out of the pregame meeting with Eric Wedge. Perhaps the most pressing concern is that Felix Hernandez will not start until Tuesday against the San Diego Padres. Wedge said the chance to give Hernandez a few extra days was a good thing to rest his stiff back. Hernandez had hoped to start on Sunday.

With Hernandez unable to go, Blake Beavan will start on Sunday instead against right-hander Chad Billingsley (3-4, 3.80 ERA). With the off day, Beavan will be on normal rest.

The Mariners took infield/outfield before the game along with bunt coverages and pitcher’s fielding practice. There was no specific reason for the drills. But following an off-day and with another off-day on Monday, Wedge felt it was prudent, mentioning its something he likes to do about this time each season. Don’t be surprised to see them do it again before Tuesday’s game.

I saw Mariners director of amateur scouting Tom McNamara walking in Safeco with a pretty large young athlete … it was fourth-round pick Patrick Kivlehan – the Rutgers football player turned baseball player. I assume that Kivlehan is getting his physical taken and probably preparing to sign his contract. No word on when we will get to talk to him.

Mariners 26-33
51Ichiro Suzuki (L)RF
13Dustin Ackley (L)2B
15Kyle Seager (L)3B
63Jesus MonteroC
17Justin Smoak (S) 1B
55Michael Saunders (L) CF
27John Jaso (L)DH
20Mike Carp(L)LF
61Munenori Kawasaki (L)SS
25Kevin Millwood RHP
Dodgers (37-21)
9Dee Gordon (L)SS
37Elian Herrera (S) 3B
16Andre Ethier (L)RF
21Juan Rivera DH
23Bobby Abreu (L) LF
6Jerry Hairston2B
7James Loney (L) 1B
17A.J. EllisC
10Tony Gwynn (L)CF
50Nathan EovaldiRHP

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  1. timeout says:

    PK, any word on why Kawasaki is starting? The obvious answer is matchups, but that hasn’t seemed to matter much up to now. Ryan has taken a couple of pretty violent backward flops recently, and I guess he had another of those unforced errors in the field. Anything?

  2. Not sure timeout, when you are hitting .170 and making a few mistakes in the field, you are subject to finding yourself on the pine.

  3. Yes. And he came off the pine with a vengeance. All good.

    Thanks for the response. Hope you enjoyed that game at least as much as I did.

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