The Great Russell Branyan Batting Second experiement moves into Day 2, and the Seattle Mariner send their secret weapon - lefty Jason Vargas - in search of his third win tonight.
That new-look lineup had its way with Baltimore, and Branyan helped set up runs and create them with his 12th home run.
Vargas was the lefty in the Mariners J.J. Putz trade last winter, and after he tried and failed to win a spot in the bullpen in spring training, he wound up in the rotation in May.
Ronny Cedeno found his way into the lineup again, this time as a left fielder, and the utiltyman continues to look for his stroke. He'll bat eighth, and start the game hitting .173.
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That's worse than Rob Johnson's .193, and yes, the Mariners are still looking for an offense that works for more than a day.
Here's the lineup:
Adrian Beltre 3B
Ken Griffey Jr. DH
Jose Lopez 2B
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Franklin Gutierrez CF