Soccer (ball) in the air

The Mariners have some unusual ways of working out on the field before batting practice, chasing frisbees and nerf footballs.

But the activity of choice today is soccer.

On a beautiful Friday afternoon at Comerica Park, the Wilsons — Josh and Jack — Ryan Langerhans, Brian Sweeney and Ryan Rowland-Smith are getting their kicks in under the supervision of “performance specialist” Allen Wirtala.

I’m not quite sure how this helps field a grounder and snag a line drive, but they seem to having a good time.

In other tidbits to get the holiday weekend going, there is an American Mensa convention going on in nearby Dearborn and some of the attendees are staying at the same hotel as me. I asked one of them if he knew when the Mariners could be trading either Cliff Lee, Jose Lopez or both.

He looked at me like I was crazy.

It does seem rather odd to me that some of the smartest people in America could have a convention anywhere in the country — and choose Detroit?

It’s time to head down to the clubhouse to check up on Erik Bedard’s status, among other things.

Lineups to come.

And here it is:

1. Ichiro, DH
2. Chone Figgins, 2B
3. Russell Branyan, 1B
4. Milton Brantley, RF
5. Jose Lopez, 3B
6. Franklin Gutierrez, CF
7. Jack Wilson, SS
8. Rob Johnson, C
9. Michael Saunders, LF
RHP Doug Fister

— Jim Street

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