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May 04, 2009

Tonight's lineup, a few notes

Elvis Andrus is hitting second for the second straight game, but the first against a right-hander. Manager Ron Washington likes how Andrus handles the bat, and he can bunt or hit-and-run to help move runners into scoring position if needed.

Today in Seattle ... The Rangers arrived on late-night flight after 2 a.m. and got into their hotel around 3:30. ... Josh Hamilton played catch for the first time since going on the disabled list. The throwing isn't the problem, he said, but adjusting to make catches gave him a some difficulty. ... Greg Golson is officially on the 25-man roster, and Max Ramirez is back in Triple A. Don't look for Golson to leave the bench very often. His best chance would be as a pinch-runner.

Rangers lineup

Ian Kinsler, 2b

Elvis Andrus, ss

Michael Young, 3b

Hank Blalock, dh

Marlon Byrd, cf

Nelson Cruz, rf

David Murphy, lf

Chris Davis, 1b

Jarrod Saltalamacchia, c

Mariners lineup

Ichiro Suzuki, rf

Endy Chavez, lf

Mike Sweeney, dh

Russell Branyan, 1b

Adrian Beltre, 3b

Jose Lopez, 2b

Kenji Johjima, c

Franklin Gutierrez, cf

Yuniesky Betancourt, ss

-- Jeff Wilson

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