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Pregame: Lineups, Rowland-Smith's return date, chat with Jones

Ryan Rowland-Smith will throw a bullpen tomorrow. He'll pitch again on Friday for the Rainiers against the Reno Aces at Cheney Stadium. He will then start on Friday, June 11th in Baltimore against the Orioles.

Meanwhile Roy Corcoran will throw a simulated game tomorrow. Sean White is also battling a little bit of a tired arm as well.

Obviously David Aardsma will not be available tonight after pitching four days in a row. Mark Lowe will handle the closing duties.

When asked manager Don Wakamatsu said he hoped to give Aardsma two days off ideally.

"We'd like to give him two days off," he said. "But who knows, he could come in tomorrow and say he feels 100 percent. We'll see. He's thrown a lot, but he probably still will anyway."

Somebody also asked about Carlos Silva (not certain why). Wakamatsu said he's progressing nicely but no timetable is set for his return -- which is probably good news for most Mariners fans.

Talked with Adam Jones briefly. He was cordial and from the people I've talked to around the Orioles, he's really taken a step forward in terms of being more of a leader and his maturity is growing.

As expected, and has he said last year, he holds no special feelings for coming back to Seattle.

"None," he said.

He was asked about facing the pitcher he was traded for - Erik Bedard -- tomorrow and he was indifferent.

"Not really," he said. "I knew that question was going to be asked. It's going to be fun to face him. I know he's still one of the toughest pitchers you can face."

As for his progress and growth from last season to this season, he said it was simple.

"I've just matured as a baseball player," he said. "I figured out my role and I'm not trying to do too much. I'm just playing the way I know how to play it, and the results are there."

Orioles 23-28

Brian Roberts 2B

Adam Jones CF

Nick Markakis RF

Aubrey Huff 1B

Melvin Mora 3B

Luke Scott DH

Matt Wieters C

Nolan Reimold LF

Cesar Izturis SS

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LHP Rich Hill (1-0, 6.14 ERA)

Mariners (24-27)

Ichiro RF

Yuni Betancourt 2B

Adrian Beltre 3B

Mike Sweeney DH

Russell Branyan 1B

Jose Lopez 2B

Wladimir Balentien LF

Rob Johnson C

Franklin Gutierrez CF

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Jarrod Washburn (3-3, 3.45 ERA)

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