Lightning, thunder, but no DH or Bedard

This just in — Erik  Bedard has  been scratched from tomorrow night’s game with “slight inflammation” in his left shoulder.

Taking his place will be right-hander Brandon Morrow — making his first start of the season and possibly the first of several starts the remainder of the season.

I will get a story up ASAP on

Meanwhile, the rain, which coming downb in  buckts, has stopped, so the Mariners play their first game this season without the designated hitter rule in effect, meaning neither Ken Griffey Jr. nor Mike Sweeney are in tonight’s starting lineup.

Second baseman Jose Lopez moves into the cleanup spot, just ahead of Endy Chavez. Not quite a Murderer’s Row — on paperat least.

There were so many bolts of lightning that the grounds crew was rushed off the field.

It’s kind of cool, actually.

And tonight’s lineup

1. Ichiro, RF

2. Russell Branyan, 1B

3. Adrian Beltre, 3B

4. Jose Lopez, 2B

5. Endy Chavez, CF

6. Ronny Cedeno, LF

7. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS

8. Rob Johnson, C

9. Jarrod Washburn, P

— Jim Street

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