The Mariners lineup was posted relatively late tonight, in part because manager Don Wakamatsu had to huddle with a few of his players before posting it.
One of those players, Milton Bradley, came in with stiff legs from the just-completed trip, which opened up left field for Michael Saunders and the DH spot for Russell Branyan.
The Kansas City Royals, meanwhile, started three ex-Mariners - Scott Podsednik, Jose Guillen and the always revered Yuniesky Betancourt, and could have started a fourth in Willie Bloomquist.
Not only that, the Royals have Kanekoa Texeira in their bullpen and Gil Meche - gasp! - on their disabled list. Want more? KC's first and third-base coaches are ex-Mariners coaches, Rusty Kuntz and Eddie Rodriguez.
The lineup that will face RHP Brian Bannister tonight:
- Ichiro Suzuki, RF
- Chone Figgins, 2B
- Russell Branyan, DH
- Jose Lopez, 3B
- Franklin Gutierrez, CF
- Casey Kotchman, 1B
- Rob Johnson, C
- Jack Wilson, SS
- Michael Saunders, LF
- Felix Hernandez, RHP