The Seattle Mariners will attempt to win three games in a row for the first time in memory tonight, with Jason Vargas (0-1) due a few more runs and a victory.
Behind him, manager Eric Wedge has Adam Kennedy (.333) batting third, Jack Cust (.179) fourth and Michael Saunders (.213) fifth - and that's a heart of the order group like few others in baseball tonight.
Weird thing: Wedge would be hard-pressed to come up with a better one, given his roster - Milton Bradley (back spasms) and Justin Smoak (bereavement leave) aren't available to him.
Here's the lineup vs. Oakland:
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Ichiro Suzuki (L) RFChone Figgins (S) 3BAdam Kennedy (L) 1BJack Cust (L) DHMichael Saunders (L) CFLuis Rodriguez (S) SSChris Gimenez CCarlos Peguero (L) LFJack Wilson 2BJason Vargas LHP