Matt Tuiasosopo is back in the Seattle Mariners uniform and, with Jose Lopez still nursing a tender hamstring, he'll start at third base tonight.
And so begins the final two-months of the season - open auditions throughout the 25-man roster of a team that seems destined to lose more than 100 games. Tuiasosopo and rookie Michael Saunders are in tonight's lineup.
Out in the bullpen, there's Chris Seddon and David Pauley, who will skip his next start to keep Felix Hernandez on a regular turn.And in that rotation, there's Luke French and Doug Fister.
Coming soon: rookie catcher Adam Moore.
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It's not just rookies that will be looked at carefully. It's players Josh Wilson, Russell Branyan, Ryan Langerhans, Casey Kotchman, Rob Johnson, Brian Sweeney, Sean White, Garrett Olson, Jamey Wright and David Aardsma - are they part of the Seattle future or part of its past?
Here's tonights lineup vs. RHP Kevin Slowey:
- Ichiro Suzuki, RF
- Chone Figgins, 2B
- Casey Kotchman, 1B
- Russell Branyan, DH
- Franklin Gutierrez, CF
- Michael Saunders, LF
- Josh Bard, C
- Matt Tuiasosopo, 3B
- Jack Wilson, SS
- Felix Hernandez, P