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4/26: Open Game Thread

First of a six-game road trip against two division rivals. I'm setting the bar at 2.5 wins. Do you take the over or the under?

First pitch: 8:05pm EDT



Ichiro RF                   Soriano 2B
Reed CF                     Blalock 3B
Beltre 3B                   Young SS
Sexson 1B                   Teixeira 1B
Boone 2B                    Dellucci DH
Ibanez DH                   Mench LF
Winn LF                     Matthews Jr. RF
Olivo C                     Barajas C
Valdez SS                   Nix CF
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Pineiro (1-1, 6.39)         Drese (2-1, 6.39)

The Mariners hammered Drese for six runs in five innings earlier this season. The entire lineup has had good success against him in the past, collecting 49 hits in 124 total at bats (.395). As a contact pitcher, Drese's key to success is keeping the ball on the ground, which he does better than nearly every other pitcher in baseball, so the bats will need to hit a lot of balls hard enough to get through the infield in order to get on the board. As for Pineiro, he's looking to build off a decent seven innings against Oakland last week. It'll be interesting to see if he comes out throwing his curveball more often than he did the last time he was on the mound.