Well, we have an official date for Cliff Lee's first start as Mariner, it will be Friday, April 30th at Safeco Field, according to Manager Don Wakamatsu. That date happens to be Felix Hernandez bobble head night, so you may want to start getting tickets now. I have a feeling there will be more than thew 15,000 fans we've seen at Safeco the last few days
Did you know that one is from Valencia, Venezuela and pounds his glove and pumps his fist and breathes fire, while the other is a quiet craftsman from Benton, Arkansas, who's as cool as summer lemonade.
Manager Don Wakamatsu will also tweak the upcoming rotation some, moving Ian Snell's next start back to Tuesday against Kansas City. Snell threw a bullpen today.
So here the rotation slots out ...
- Friday at White Sox -- LHP R. Rowland-Smith vs. RHP Gavin Floyd
- Saturday at White Sox -- RHP Doug Fister vs.RHP Freddy Garcia
- Sunday at White Sox -- LHP Jason Vargas vs. LHP Jon Danks
- Monday at Kansas City -- Felix Hernandez vs. TBA
- Tuesday at Kansas City -- RHP Ian Snell vs. TBA
- Wednesday at Kansas City -- LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith vs. TBA
- Thursday -- OFF DAY
- Friday vs. Rangers --- LHP Cliff Lee vs. TBA
- Saturday vs. Rangers --- RHP Felix Hernandez vs. TBA
Wakamatsu also mentioned that Doug Fister would start that Sunday finale on May 3rd against the Rangers. But I think he meant it would be Fister's turn in the rotation. He wasn't saying for certain that Fister is locked in.
There was some thought that Lee might start on May 2nd, but with his suspension being rescinded and throwing a rehab game in Tacoma, it would have been 7 days in between.
As for the decision who's spot Lee will take in the rotation, Wakamatsu said it hasn't been made will not be made until closer to the 30th. They are still evaluating the situation.
Wakamatsu wouldn't commit to what the role of the ousted pitcher would be, whether it was the bullpen or back down to Triple A (provided that player had options left).
"We have different options," Wakamatsu said. "It's hard to say right now. There's quite a bit of baseball to be played before that. But we have three different options we can go with."
Milton Bradley's calf is just mildly strained. He met with the team doctor yesterday and there was nothing to be overly concerned about. He'll get today off as Matt Tuiasosopo will be playing left field. It will be his first start in left during the regular season, but he played there plenty in spring training for Wakamatsu to be comfortable with him out there.
Tuiasosopo said he makes sure to take fly balls of the hitters during BP every day, and he doesn't just lazily shag them, but positions himself and tries to play it game like.
For the record, he prefers the roof closed, as opposed to open.
"About 8 o'clock in the middle of the game, when it starts getting a little tough, it can be hard to see," Tuiasosopo said. "But with the roof closed, you don't have to deal with it."
Franklin Gutierrez and his sore groin seem to be fine, but the M's will still be watching him closely.
Well, Dave Trembley finally got his lineup out, and then he also took his team to task, saying he felt like a presidential press secretary for having to continually to make excuses for his players. That sounds like a man, who knows he's going down and he's making sure he's letting it be known of the issues of the team.
- Lou Montanez LF
- Ty Wigginton 3B
- Nick Markakis RF
- Matt Wieters C
- Luke Scott DH
- Adam Jones CF
- Garrett Atkins 1B
- Justin Turner 2B
- Cesar Izturis SS
RHP Kevin Millwood (0-2, 2.89 ERA)
- Ichiro RF
- Chone Figgins 2B
- Jose Lopez 3B
- Casey Kotchman 1B
- Mike Sweeney DH
- Matt Tuiasosopo LF
- Rob Johnson C
- Jack Wilson SS
RHP Felix Hernandez (1-0, 3.10 ERA)