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A bench-clearing lineup for Seattle

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on April 12, 2012 at 9:17 am with 3 Comments »
April 12, 2012 9:17 am

For those wondering if Alex Liddi or Casper Wells was ever going to play for the Seattle Mariners, the answer is: Yes, today.

Manager Eric Wedge said before the season restarted in Oakland last week, he’d looked ahead to this game vs. Texas lefty Derek Holland and planned to get right-handed hitters Wells and Liddi into his lineup, and as it worked out he got to give Michael Saunders and Dustin Ackley a day off.

Ackley hasn’t quite completely come back from the camp virus that cost him six pounds – ‘he didn’t have six to lose,’ Wedge said – and Saunders has a tender thigh, so getting them a day should have them fresh for Friday’s home opener at Safeco Field.

Here’s today’s lineup:

Chone Figgins  CF
Alex Liddi 3B
Ichiro  RF
Justin Smoak  1B
Jesus Montero  DH
Kyle Seager  2B
Miguel Olivo  C
Casper Wells  LF
Brendan Ryan SS
Jason Vargas  LHP

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  1. footballscaa says:

    I’m sure Brendan Ryan is a great guy to have in the clubhouse. Some day he’ll make a great coach and maybe manager however, this guy is not a major league ball player.

  2. A guy with Brendan Ryan’s focus problems will not make a manager anywhere at any level, in my opinion. He needs a job that doesn’t require extended periods of concentration. Meanwhile, he has plenty of talent in the field, but he needs to ramp up his hitting. (Easy for me to say.) I’m guessing he has one more year after this one with the M’s at best before one of the guys on the farm takes over. I also think we’ll see Kawasaki play at least fifty games at short before the 2012 season is through.

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