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Olerud misses first game

Wife gives birth to daughter

August 31, 2000

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— Mariners first baseman John Olerud missed Seattle's game against the New York Yankees on Wednesday night because his wife, Kelly, gave birth to have the couple's second child, a girl.

Jordan Marie Olerud weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce.

With Olerud absent, manager Lou Piniella started Raul Ibanez at first. Piniella said he expected Olerud, the only Mariners' player to play in all of the team's first 132 games, to rejoin the team Friday in Boston.

In the first inning, Mariners left fielder Rickey Henderson was forced to leave because of lower back spasms.

The Mariners expect to have right fielder Jay Buhner back for the Boston series this weekend. Buhner, who has been on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right wrist and right pinky finger, is back taking batting practice.

"Hopefully, we'll get Jay off the DL Friday," Piniella said. "He's about 80 percent improved."

Right-hander Gil Meche, who made 15 starts for Seattle this season, visited Dr. James Andrews, an orthopedic specialist, in Birmingham, Ala., this week.

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