Todays lineup slightly different
If it’s Friday I must be back to work.
Those two days off to celebrate yet another birthday — No. 39 for the 25th time — really rejuvented the old system.
As promised a few days ago, before his entire team was on the field at the same time, manager Don Wakamatsu is experimenting with his lineup the next few days to figure out which batting order meshes the best.
There are a few changes for today’s game against the Rockies.
And here it is:
1. Ichiro Suzuki, RF: No change here from Thursday’s Cactus League debut.
2. Jose Lopez, 2B: Looks like your No. 2 hitter for awhile.
3. Ken Griffey Jr., DH: Left field one day, designed hitter this day.
4. Adrian Beltre, 3B: Wak’s go-to guy in the cleanup spot.
5. Chris Shelton, 1B: All he does is hit, hit and hit some more.
6. Kenji Johjima, C: Fingers are crossed that he’s on the same page as lefty Erik Bedard today.
7. Franklin Gutierrez, CF: Batted ninth on Thursday, got two hits and moves up.
8. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS: Settling into the eight-hole it appears.
9. Endy Chavez, LF: Gives the team more speed at the bottom.
— Jim Street