Runs are scarce in Safeco Field these days, where Felix Hernandez had to hold the Oakland Athletics to zero to win with one.
The Seattle Mariners simply cannot score in big fat bunches, and so a marvelous young pitcher like tonight's starter, Michael Pineda, is under more than the usual rookie pressures. Give up three runs, in all likelihood he's forfeited any chance to win - and could well lose.
Yes, Adam Kennedy is at first base, where he's hit two solo home runs in as many days. And no, there are no other .300 hitters in the lineup because the Mariners dont' have another .300 hitter.
So Michael, pitch, baby, pitch. Here's the lineup:
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Ichiro Suzuki (L) RFChone Figgins (S) 3BMilton Bradley (S) LFAdam Kennedy (L) 1BMiguel Olivo CRyan Langerhans (L) CFBrendan Ryan SSJack Wilson 2BMichael Pineda RHP