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Pregame Notes, Links & Quotes: Lopez out of the lineup, Rowland-Smith possibly makes another start

Well, I'm back up at Safeco Field after a two-day break away, although I still watched every inning of the two games on TV, yes, I have a problem.

I think I'll hold off some links, I'm still assembling them so we'll do that in a separate post, or perhaps just update this one.

From Riggleman's pregame meeting with media:

* Lopez is out of the line-up tonight, but it's not a punishment for a bad game last night. Riggleman said they'd already decided that Lopez was going to sit out tonight before last night's game.

"It's not about sitting Lopez down, it's about getting Cairo a game," Riggleman said.

Riggleman wants to keep Cairo playing just enough so that he's not completely rusty coming off the bench. He said he wants to the same for Jamie Burke at some point.

* As of now Sunday's starter will be Ryan Rowland-Smith. The big Aussie threw three good innings last night, and he admitted that he might have hit the wall mentally some. Riggleman didn't guarantee the start, but said that unless something changes he will start on Sunday.

* Miguel Batista appears ready to start pitching again after a sore back shut him down. Riggleman said that Batista will most likely make his first few appearances out of the bullpen.

Some people tried to talk to Miguel about this, but he shrugged them off saying he's not supposed to talk the media, which is untrue according to the MAriners. He's a little miffed about where he was misquoted in a story by all outlets. He really wasn't happy when the media produced the audio recording of it, and it was word-for-word correct.

* Felix Hernandez and JJ Putz both had successful workouts today. Unlike the last time he threw, Felix's sore ankle didn't bother him when he planted on it and he threw for much longer this time. Riggleman didn't rule out a start for Felix before the all-star break. Putz played catch again and did some long tossing.

Here's today's lineups...

Blue Jays

David Eckstein SS

Marco Scutaro 2B

Alex Rios RF

Vernon Wells CF

Matt Stairs DH

Scott Rolen 3B

Rod Barajas C

Lyle OVerbay 1B

Adam Lind LF


Dustin McGowan P


Ichiro RF

Cairo 2B

Ibanez LF

Beltre 3B

Reed CF

Sexson 1B

Clement DH

Johjima C

Betancourt SS


Washburn P