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5/8: Open Game Thread, Game Two

First Pitch: 5:05pm EDT



Ichiro RF                   Damon CF
Winn LF                     Nixon RF
Beltre 3B                   Youkilis 3B
Sexson 1B                   Ortiz DH
Ibanez DH                   Millar 1B
Boone 2B                    Varitek C
Reed CF                    Payton LF
Gonzalez C                  Mueller 2B
Bloomquist SS               Bellhorn SS

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Franklin (1-4, 4.74)        Miller (0-0, -.--)

I'll put this up now and just assume a seven-game losing streak. This will be Wade Miller's first start of the year since coming off the DL; he's been undershooting his normal velocity in AAA so far, so keep an eye on that. As for Franklin, look out. He's been bombed twice in a row, and by the looks of things in the first game, he may not have much relief in the bullpen. Let's hope he can pull out some more of that Franklin magic. I'll be watching him from the seats at Fenway, so it'd be great if the game weren't over by the fourth.

Trent's Note: Good to see Hargrove starting to make some changes with the line-up. Ibanez moving into the fifth spot is about two weeks over due and Bloomquist, while not as good with the glove, should provide more offense at the SS position than Valdez. Hopefully this works, as the M's desperately need to start scoring some runs.

Oh, and the laziest man in baseball makes his triumphant return to the big leagues.

LET'S GO MARINERS! - Here's hoping the extra emphasis comes in handy.