Morrows next start — vs. Rangers

Upon further review, which comes after a few other reviews, it appears that right-hander Brandon Morrow will actually start Friday night’s game for (drum roll, please) the Mariners.

The news, which was given to Tacoma News-Tribune scribe Larry LaRue by a club official this afternoon and just confirmed, comes about 24 hours after it was announced that Morrow would start for the Rainiers in their Pacific Coast League playoff game against the Sacramento River Cats. Club officials have been pondering for the past few days exactly where Morrow’s next outing would be.

Morrow, who posted a 5-3 record for Tacoma during his transition from reliever to starter (again), replaces lefty Luke French in the rotation.

French moves into the bullpen to help out a weary group of relievers. Sean White had an MRI exam today in Seattle to determine the cause of shoulder soreness; right-hander Chris Jakubauskas is not 100 percent healthy and still has a knot in the back of his right shoulder, and right-hander Miguel Batista lacks consistency. Well, good consistency, at least.

As for tonight’s lineup, here it is:

1. Ichiro, RF

2. Franklin Gutierrez, CF

3. Jose Lopez, 2B

4. Ken Griffey Jr., DH

5. Adrian Beltre, 3B

6. Bill Hall, LF

7. Mike Carp, 1B

8. Kenji Johjima, C

9. Josh Wilson, SS

RHP — Ian Snell

— Jim Street

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