Now playing first base: Mike Sweeney.
A long-shot to make the team when signed, Sweeney has made the team as a pinch-hitter, right-handed designated hitter and occasional first baseman.
Today, for the first time this spring, he'll start at first base. Why? Russell Branyan, originally in the Seattle lineup, has a bruised right calf and shin.
Branyan took a foul ball off the spot on Sunday and could have played but. as in the regular season, there are times the coaching staff sides with caution.
So it's Sweeney, and here's the lineup:
Endy Chavez LF
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Jose Lopez 2B
Mike Sweeney 1B
Wladimir Balentien RF
Franklin Guttierrez CF
Matt Tuiasosopo 3B
Rob Johnson C
Chris Jakubauskas P
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