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A’s reliever updates, other pregame notes

Your much anticipated Mariners lineup:

Ichiro RF
Figgins 2B
Gutierrez CF
Bradley DH
Lopez 3B
Kotchman 1B
Byrnes LF
Moore C
Wilson SS

Snell RHP
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It’s another sunny afternoon at the Coliseum as the A’s take BP. After it looked like rain might threaten Monday’s opener, we’ve actually had pretty nice weather out here. The temperature drops quite a bit when the sun goes down, but who’s gonna complain?

–Today’s random observation: The person singing the national anthem is doing a pregame soundcheck as we often see. But this I’ve never seen: The Mariners are out on the field and standing at attention for it. You can never practice your Star Spangled Banner pose enough, I suppose …

–Updates on a couple of wounded A’s relievers: Michael Wuertz (shoulder tendinitis) is on day 3 of a throwing program that’s getting him closer to returning to the mound. Manager Bob Geren expects he might know in the next day or two when Wuertz could start his minor league rehab assignment.

Joey Devine remained in Phoenix as planned for extended spring training, but he’s not throwing regularly from the mound yet, according to Geren. So I wouldn’t be counting on his return anytime soon …

–The A’s go with the same lineup as last night against Mariners starter Ian Snell.

Rajai CF
Barton 1B
Sweeney RF
Kouzmanoff 3B
Suzuki C
Chavez DH
Ellis 2B
Buck LF
Pennington SS

Braden LHP

I’ll post Seattle’s lineup when I see it. I better start scribbling it down when I’m in the clubhouse. …

Joe Stiglich