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4/27: Open Game Thread

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Run support? Perhaps going over .500? Is it possible?

First pitch: 8:05pm EDT

SEATTLE MARINERS            TEXAS RANGERS

                    
Ichiro RF                   Soriano 2B
Winn LF                     Blalock 3B
Beltre 3B                   Young SS
Sexson 1B                   Teixeira 1B
Boone 2B                    Dellucci DH
Ibanez DH                   Mench LF
Olivo C                     Hidalgo RF
Reed CF                     Nix CF
Valdez SS                   Barajas C

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Franklin (1-2, 2.51)        Rogers (0-2, 3.33)

After Joel served up four solo shots last night, Ryan's going to need to work extra hard to keep the ball in the park. That Young, Blalock, Soriano, Mench, and Teixeira have combined to hit .398 off of Franklin with nine home runs does not bode particularly well. Tonight will be a big test for that new and improved sinker he's got. As for Kenny Rogers, he throws strikes and stays offspeed, for the most part. This isn't the kind of pitcher against whom Beltre and Sexson have great success. Will Hargrove leave Reed in the order to face a soft-tossing lefty? Stay tuned.

LET'S GO MARINERS!!