Opening Day Lineupstravaganza: Mariners at Twins, 8:10

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Today is the final opening day at the Metrodome. I went to a few games there when I spent a summer in Minneapolis. I appreciated the GA seating in the outfield. It gave me a great view of a Johan one hitter vs. the Mariners and allowed Randy Winn to definitely hear the mediocre insults I hurled at him. For no real reason. Anway, that storied rivalry picks back up tonight.

Felix Hernandez takes on Francisco Liriano in one of the most intriguing starter matchups of the day. With Ichiro out, Endy Chavez tops the order for the Mariners. That lineup also features the Mariner debuts of Mike Sweeney, Russell Branyan, and the return of Ken Griffey Jr. Amazingly, manager Don "Waka" Wakamatsu told Geoff Baker that the Mariners will probably use "between 120 and 130 lineups this year" and seemed proud of this fact. And who can blame him, what kind of baseball player thrives on continuity? Joe Crede makes his Twins debut.

MARINERSTWINS
Endy Chavez, LFDenard Span, CF
Franklin Guttierez, CFAlexi Casilla, 2B
Mike Sweeney, DHMichael Cuddyer, RF
Adrian Beltre, 3BJustin Morneau, 1B
Ken Griffey Jr., RFJason Kubel, DH
Jose Lopez, 2BJoe Crede, 3B
Russell Branyan, 1BDelmon Young, LF
Kenji Johjima, CMike Redmond, C
Yuniesky Betancourt, SSNick Punto, SS

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No Carlos Gomez. The extremly casual fan will be upset with that.

The "Waka" thing makes me lol each and every time.

It's Felix Day!

"between 120 and 130 lineups this year"

I think they'll see about 55-60 lineups. If Waka really wants to move his lineup around like my beer league softball team, he will be gone by July.

Also, this Darnell McDonald kid in Cincy can cover all kinds of space in center field, but has seen two catches pop out of his glove. Put the leather under your mattress at night, rook. 2-0, Metsies

I think you meant Joe "Ouuuuccchh, MY BACK!" Crede.

DANIEL MURPHY IS A KING and happens to be on my fantasy team.

I really hope Santana goes 8 and K-Rod blows the save.

Cliff Lee isn't looking so hot

I went to the Metrodome once. Only ballpark worse was the Astrodome.
Bye bye HHH-dome.

Runners in scoring position and no outs for Cincy. Brandon Phillips has worked a 2-2 count. HERE WE GO CHILIS, HERE WE GO!

All indoor baseball is gross, unnatural and inexcusable.

Sac fly B-Phil, 2-1, Mets. Jay Bruce just walked out to ELO's Don't Bring Me Down and then popped out in foul territory. It's karma, Brucey.

2 down, Encarnacion at the plate, and Santana is chased after 5 2/3. Here comes Shawn Green. Not the Jewish one.

The dome really does suck. I cannot wait until next year.

Here is the Twins actual lineup for tonight. Not that anyone cares

TWINS

1. Denard Span, LF
2. Alexi Casilla, 2B
3. Michael Cuddyer, RF
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Jason Kubel, DH
6. Joe Crede, 3B
7. Carlos Gomez, CF
8. Mike Redmond, C
9. Nick Punto, SS

Still missing lineups for:

Cubs
Astros
Angels
Athletics
Padres
Dodgers

Anyone?

Don't get them from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, whatever you do.

@bc

The extremely casual fans are rejoicing.

Over in Chiliville, JJ Putz putz the tying run on first with a walk and is 2-2 to Joey Votto right now. Approximately 17,000 writers and bloggers are hoping that he or K-rod blows this, and it would be the single-most covered Opening Day story in the history of forever.

That's where I got that one. You just got the "best guess" one that they had to print in the paper. No one can really read Gardy's mind. He is tricky like that.

http://blogs2.startribune.com/blogs/christensen/2009/04/06/opening-night-starting-lineups-twins-vs-mariners/

Putz K's Votto then gets Jose Reyes to show off his modest range on a weak grounder off the bat of Brandon Phillips. K-Rod will have to somehow retire Bruce, Encarnacion, and Ramon Hernandez if he wants to sleep easy tonight. No Ambien needed here, methinks.

He will sleep easy on a pillow made of $60M

No Ambien yo tambien

It's sad that a $60 million pillow is a better investment than how Johnny Damon invested his money.

Have fun with all the games tonight. I am off to tail gate (get really drunk). GO TWINS

"No Ambien yo tambien"

Didn't that win an Oscar?

That Seattle lineup is decent, we are still in 1997 aren't we?

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