A few clouds on the horizon … and we’re not to Cleveland yet

It’s overcast with some semi-threatening clouds overhead at Fenway Park as of four hours before tonight’s game, so hoping we don’t run into weather trouble in this quick two-game swing into Boston.

This is the Mariners only visit to Beantown this year, so will be trouble if there is any rainouts. But the forecasts are calling only for showers, so we’ll keep the fingers crossed. Tonight’s game is at 7:05 p.m. here in Boston, or 4:05 p.m. PT.

Then it’s right back on Tuesday for a 4:05 p.m. ET getaway game (1:05 p.m. PT), before heading to Cleveland for another two-game series. And, of course, weather is NEVER an issue for the Mariners in Cleveland. Ha!

As for tonight, Eric Wedge is sticking with nearly the same batting order that beat Andy Pettitte yesterday in New York, which isn’t surprising since they’re facing another lefty today in Jon Lester.

The only change is Dustin Ackley at designated hitter, which gets Kyle Seager back in the lineup at second base. And yesterday’s DH, Mike Carp, is sitting.

Here’s the starting nine vs. Lester, the pride of Tacoma’s Bellarmine Prep:

Dustin Ackley DH
Casper Wells LF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jesus Montero C
Justin Smoak 1B
Kyle Seager 2B
Alex Liddi 3B
Michael Saunders CF
Brendan Ryan SS

Jason Vargas LHP

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