The starting lineup has been posted and (insert drum roll) Milton Bradley is not in it.
As expected, the Mariners will give Bradley the day off, but don’t read too much into it.
“The thing with Milton right now is he feels great and we want to continhue that,” manager Don Wakamatsu said this morning. “We are really looking at as ‘is it a necessity to play him every day’?. Our number one goal is to make sure his legs are okay
“We took him out of the game yesterday because he was a little banged up with collision the other day at home plate. Right now, we have a schedule with him that we are comfortable with. He will play tomorrow, have an off-day, play in Texas, have a couple of dsays off, play Saturday and at-bat or two on Sunday.
“All spring we have gone dlown this road where he said he has felt good. We feel pretty confident that he’s getting the number of at-ats he needs and he will be fine.”
With Bradley out of the picture today, the first time you will see a Cubs-Milton reunion will be June 22-23-24 at Safeco Field in an interleague series.
And here is the lineup:
1. Ichiro, RF
2. Chone Figgins, 2B
3. Casey Kotchman, 1B
4. Ken Griffey Jr. DH
5. Eric Byrnes, LF
6. Franklin Gutierrez, CF
7. Matt Tuiasosopo, 3B
8. Adam Moore, C
9. Jack Wilson, SS
LPH Ryan Rowland-Smith
— Jim Street