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Buzzing in Seattle + Marlins/Mariners Lineups


       SEATTLE -- So much for my pledge to give up caffeine. You can't avoid it here. A Starbucks on virtually every other corner. Espresso running off the side of snow-capped Mount Ranier. Latte puddles up and down the sidewalks.

     Space_needle_night   The Marlins shouldn't be needing much of a wake-up jolt to get the adrenalin flowing. Their charter flight from Tampa touched down about 10 p.m., though it's often said that jet lag in the majors is more pronounced with players the second day of a game of a cross-country road series, not the first.

       Lots happening here on the sports front. The Mariners fired their general manager, Bill Bavasi, earlier this afternoon. And the city is in court today, trying to prevent the NBA Seattle SuperSonics from moving to Oklahoma City.

       Here are tonight's lineups:

        Marlins: SS Hanley Ramirez, RF Jeremy Hermida, 1B Jorge Cantu, DH Mike Jacobs, 2B Dan Uggla, LF Luis Gonzalez, 3B Wes Helms, CF Cody Ross, C Matt Treanor. (On the mound for Florida: Andrew Miller).

       Mariners: RF Ichiro Suzuki, 2B Jose Lopez, DH Jose Vidro, 3B Adrian Beltre, LF Raul Ibanez, 1B Richie Sexson, C Kenji Johjima, CF Willie Bloomquist, SS Yuniesky Betancourt. (On the mound for Seattle: Carlos Silva)