Milton Bradley is limping on a bad calf, Jack Wilson has his right thumb in a splint, so the Seattle Mariners will start Eric Byrnes in left field and give Matt Tuiasosopo his first career start at shortstop.
And once this game starts - Doug Fister vs. Freddy Garcia - there won't be many substitutions for Seattle. The only guys on Don Wakamatsu's bench who are available to play are Mike Sweeney and Adam Moore.
If a position player gets hurt - or ejected - Wakamatsu is going to have to be more than creative. He's going to have to play someone, or several someones, out of position.
- The Freddy Garcia Mariners fans remember was a hard-throwing right-hander. The guy starting for Chicago? Off-speed stuff, junk, anything that moves one way or the other. That Garcia set the Mariners down in the first inning, 1-2-3, striking out Chone Figgins and Franklin Gutierrez.
- Fister can match his off-speed stuff with anyone, and the White Sox went down in order without getting a ball out of the infield. Be interesting to see how these two pitcher fare as hitters see them a second, perhaps third time.
- OK, then - one time through the Seattle lineup, it's been nine up and nine down against Garcia, who needed only 41 pitches to work three innings. Only one batter, Ken Griffey Jr., has hit a ball out of the infield.
- Fister gave up a third-inning single to Mark Teahan, then erased him on a double play. If your son or daughter can't throw particularly hard, sit them in front of the TV - Fister and Garcia are beating hitters with finesse and movement, not miles per hour.
- Mr. Gutierrez figured something out. On Garcia's 55th pitch, he homerd to left-center field, his first. In the fourth inninng: Seattle 1, Chicago 0.
- Trouble in the fourth: Juan Pierre singled and, with one out, Andruw Jones walked. Fister got Paul Konerko to ground into a double play. The kid may be the surprise of April.
- Trouble in the fifth: Alex Rios singled with two outs and stole second base. Teahan singled to right, with Rios held at third on Ichiro's strong throw to the plate. Alexi Ramirez hit a ball over the wall in left field, but Byrnes climbed the wall and deflected the ball back onto the field for a two-run double. After five innings: Chicago 2, Seattle 1.
- Figgins opened the seventh with a walk, and when Garcia threw to first base four times, the last one got away and Figgins took second. Gutierrez took a called third strike. Jose Lopez doubled, scoring Figgins. Griffey grounded out, pushing Lopez to third. Casey Kotchman was intentionally walked. Byrnes fouled out. In the seventh: Seattle 2, Chicago 2.
- Eighth inning: Garcia is done after 103 pitches. Sergio Santos now pitching for Chicago. Throwing in the Seattle bullpen: Ian Snell.
- Ninth inning. Bobby Jenks pitching for Chicago. David Aardsma warming up for Seattle. Someone is going to win this in their last at-bat.
- Lopez singled with two outs and stole second base. Griffey worked the count full, fouled off a pitch, then walked. Jack Wilson pinch ran for Junior. Kotchman doubled, both runners scoring. To the bottom of the ninth: Seattle 4, Chicago 2.
- Aardsma pitching for Seattle. Jones struck out chasing a 97 mph fastball. Konerko homered, his seventh - matching the team total o the Mariners. A.J. Pierzyski flied out. Carlos Quentin walked. Rios homered on Aardsma's 23rd pitch of the inning. It's a final: Chicago 5, Seattle 4.