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Lineups: Danny Valencia back at 1B for Mariners’ opener vs A’s

Danny Valencia is back in the lineup after Mike Freeman started in his place Wednesday at first base. (AP)

Danny Valencia is back at first base and James Paxton will look to extend his streak of 21 scoreless innings as the Mariners begin a series in Oakland at 7:07 on 710 ESPN Seattle on Thursday night.

Valencia returns to the lineup after Mike Freeman played first in Seattle’s series finale against Miami on Wednesday. The 32-year-old Valencia is still trying to find his rhythm in his first season with the Mariners, hitting just .154 and no home runs in 15 games.

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Paxton and his spotless ERA through three starts will be countered on the mound by Oakland right-hander Cesar Valdez.

Coverage begins on 710 ESPN Seattle with the pregame show at 6.

Mariners (7-9)

Jarrod Dyson, LF
Mitch Haniger, RF
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nelson Cruz, DH
Kyle Seager, 3B
Taylor Motter, SS
Danny Valencia, 1B
Leonys Martin, CF
Mike Zunino, C

James Paxton, LHP

Athletics (7-8)

Rajai Davis, CF
Adam Rosales, SS
Jed Lowrie, 2B
Khris Davis, LF
Ryon Healy, 1B
Trevor Plouffe, 3B
Chad Pinder, DH
Josh Phegley, C
Jaff Decker, RF

Cesar Valdez, RHP