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Ken Griffey Jr. prepares for Seattle Mariners’ hall of fame induction

This will be more difficult than hitting a 96 mph fastball on the inside corner from a left-handed pitcher. This will be much harder than sprinting backward, climbing the wall at the Kingdome and robbing someone of a home run.

For a man who will be remembered as perpetually playing the game with an electric smile, the mere mention of Saturday’s festivities brings a contorted look to his face. It’s part pressure and part pain.

For Ken Griffey Jr., being inducted into the Seattle Mariners’ hall of fame on Saturday is an honor, a pleasure and a precursor for his

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Pregame notes: Junior to start tomorrow, a new lineup look.

A few quick things if you look at the lineup (below),  it’s quite a bit different that we’ve seen. Starting with Jose Lopez playing first base and Bill Hall at second base. There’s a few reasons for it.

“With (Scott) Kazmir pitching, I wanted to get in as many right-handed lineup as I could,” Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said. “I wanted to give a little bit look.”

Another thing Wakamatsu wanted to see was Bill Hall play some second base. Hall has played second base in 97 games in his career.

“He’s turning into kind of  that super-utility guy,” Wakamatsu

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