Manager Ron Washington is thinking about using third baseman Michael Young as his designated hitter in Tuesday's opener against the Mariners. He's concerned about DH Vladimir Guerrero, who is hitting .234 (15-for-64) with one home run and 10 RBIs since the All-Star break. With the Rangers off the next two Mondays, Washington would like to give Guerrero a day off on Tuesday and again on Sunday.
Mariners: Lopez nearing return
The Mariners expect to have the left side of their infield back for Tuesday's opener against the Rangers, as Jose Lopez is expected to return to third base with Jack Wilson at shortstop.
"Lopez ran [Sunday], but still feels it in [his left hamstring]. We will it will be safe to hold him out [on Sunday] and play him when we get back home," Wakamatsu said. "Jack Wilson's legs are a little bit tired -- so give him a day. We want to give him days off here and there. We're being precautionary with him. He has played good since he's been back and played with a lot of energy."
Washington said reserve infielder Andres Blanco will be his shortstop should Elvis Andrus need a day off. The recently acquired Cristian Guzman has been a shortstop for most of his career, but he'll likely stay at second base, at least until Ian Kinsler comes off the disabled list. ... Wakamatsu used a different lineup for the 27th consecutive game Sunday against the Twins.
Tue, 8/3 10:10 PM ET
Long and short of it: Gutierrez lifts Seattle
Franklin Gutierrez drove in a run on a safety squeeze and on a solo homer, the latter breaking a 2-all tie in the fifth. Chone Figgins had three of Seattle's 11 hits. Texas' Colby Lewis struck out nine.
|Young, M, DH||2||0||0||1||1||0||1||.299|
|Cruz, N, RF||3||1||0||0||1||1||3||.320|
|Guzman, C, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.274|
|Molina, B, C||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||.244|
|a-Murphy, Dv, PH-LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.255|
2B: Moreland (1, Wright, J).
TB: Andrus; Moreland 2; Molina, B; Cantu.
RBI: Young, M (60), Molina, B (25).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Moreland; Murphy, Dv.
SAC: Guzman, C.
SF: Young, M; Molina, B.
GIDP: Hamilton, Cruz, N.
Team RISP: 0-for-4.
Team LOB: 5.
2B: Tuiasosopo (2, Lewis).
HR: Gutierrez, F (10, 5th inning off Lewis, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Figgins 3; Kotchman 2; Wilson, Ja; Suzuki, I 2; Tuiasosopo 3; Gutierrez, F 4.
RBI: Gutierrez, F 2 (44).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gutierrez, F 2; Wilson, Ja; Moore, A 2; Kotchman.
SAC: Gutierrez, F.
Team RISP: 2-for-9.
Team LOB: 9.
DP: 2 (Figgins-Wilson, Ja-Kotchman 2).
Pitches-strikes: Lewis 105-72, Harrison, M 13-9, O'Day 19-14, Vargas 92-54, Wright, J 10-8, League 15-6, Aardsma 11-7.
Groundouts-flyouts: Lewis 2-6, Harrison, M 2-0, O'Day 1-2, Vargas 10-4, Wright, J 2-1, League 2-0, Aardsma 1-2.
Batters faced: Lewis 28, Harrison, M 3, O'Day 5, Vargas 23, Wright, J 4, League 4, Aardsma 3.
Inherited runners-scored: O'Day 1-0.
Umpires: HP: D.J. Reyburn. 1B: Jim Wolf. 2B: Marvin Hudson. 3B: Derryl Cousins.
Weather: 71 degrees, clear.
Wind: 2 mph, Out to RF.
Venue: Safeco Field.
August 3, 2010
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media