Looking for a way out of the offensive ditch the Seattle Mariners have driven into, the team got Michael Saunders back in the lineup tonight - but won't have Russell Branyan available to start until Monday in Chicago.
Saunders, Branyan and Justin Smoak at least present the possibility of power and production, something few other Seattle hitters offer.
The Boston lineup has three hitters - David Ortiz, KevinYoukilis and Adrian Beltre - with at least 60 RBI. Seattle? The Mariners team RBI leader is Franklin Gutierrez, with 40.
If they score tonight, the Mariners will likely be asked how ...
The lineup against RHP Josh Beckett:
- Ichiro Suzuki,RF
- Chone Figgins, 2b
- Franklin Gutierrez, cf
- Jose Lopez, 3b
- Justin Smoak, 1b
- Milton Bradley, DH
- Michael Saunders, LF
- Rob Johnson, c
- Jack Wilson, ss
- Jason Vargas, P