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Vargas, Mariners take on unknown Red Sox

You could likely make out quite a lineup of solid players with Boston Red Sox hitters not playing the Seattle Mariners today - which should help Jason Vargas and his teammates.

Trades and injuries have greatly changed the Boston roster - Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia are the only well-known names in Bobby Valentine's lineup today.

The Mariners, of course, aren't exactly household names outside of the Northwest, and having John Jaso - eight home runs, 43 RBI - batting cleanup isn't going to intimidate anyone.

Still, this is a three-game series Seattle should take advantage of at Safeco Field,where the Mariners have won nine of their last 11 games. They start today's game with 65 wins, two fewer than they had all of 2011.

Here's today's lineup:

Dustin Ackley  2BFranklin Gutierrez  CFKyle Seager  3BJohn Jaso  DHJustin Smoak  1BEric Thames  RFMiguel Olivo  CCarlos Peguero  LFBrendan Ryan  SSJason Vargas  LHP