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Lineups as posted by Roch:


Harris - CF

Guzman - DH

Zimmerman - 3B

Dunn - 1B

Willingham - LF

Bard - C

Belliard - 2B

Kearns - RF

Gonzalez - SS

Martis - RHP


Brian Roberts - 2B

Adam Jones - CF

Nick Markakis - RF

Aubrey Huff - 1B

Nolan Reimold - LF

Luke Scott - DH

Melvin Mora - 3B

Gregg Zaun - C

Robert Andino - SS

Jeremy Guthrie - RHP

MW getting the night off and Reimo and Melmo in same spots as yesterday.

Let's lay the lumber again!

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