I'm just out of the Mariners clubhouse.
No huge news apparently, but we got a brief chat with Mike Morse on the condition of his left shoulder separation. He admits he's disappointed about following such an encouraging spring with a lost season, but he also says he's upbeat by nature and is trying to look on the bright side. What passes for a bright side is his hope that he'll be able to start hitting again in four or five months, hopes to play winter ball and is confident he'll be ready to go next spring.
We also got a little time with manager John McLaren, who seemed to admit that there are only so many ideas a manager can try, and after that it's just a matter of sticking to the basic plan and hoping the players start producing. His finger stopped short of the panic button, but he admits that there is a growing urgency to start turning this thing around.
They'll get their next chance at 7:10 tonight. About 30,000 tickets remain available (25,000 or more are available for each game of this series) and the game (and series) is on FSN.
Here's the lineup they'll trot out there:
1. Ichiro, cf
2. Jose Lopez, 2b
3. Raul Ibanez, lf
4. Adrian Beltre
5. Richie Sexson, 1b
6. Jeff Clement, dh
7. Yuniesky Betancourt, ss
8. Kenji Johjima, c
9. Wladimir Balentien, rf
I also spoke a bit with Balentien about his first week up from the Rainiers, and I'll have some of his comments in the Tuesday paper.