A lineup that includes Junior

The lineup for today’s series finale against the Rays had a noticable change.

Batting fifth as the designated hitter — Ken Griffey Jr.

“A couple of different thoughts,” manager Don Wakamatsu said. “I think it’s important that Griff play at least one game here and the other thing, with (Mike) Sweeney playing three games in a row, he might need a day off, too. It gives Griff a chance a get back in there.”

It was the first time in the past five games that Griffey, who lives in Orlando, was in the starting lineup.

The team is waiting until game time to make a decision on how to handle the catching situation. Rob Johnson is in the starting lineup but he might not be able to play because of a sore back. Adam Moore, injured in Saturday night’s game, definitely won’t play against the Rays.

The remainder of the lineup:

1. Ichiro, RF
2. Chone Figgins, 2B
3. Franklin Gutierrez, CF
4. Jose Lopez, 3B
5. Ken Griffey Jr. DH
6. Casey Kotchman, 1b
7. Josh Wilson, SS
8. Rob Johnson, C
9. Ryan Langerhans, LF
LHP Cliff Lee

— Jim Street

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