Mariners manager Eric Wedge gave Michael Saunders and Dustin Ackley a day off in Seattle's series finale at Texas.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Mariners manager Eric Wedge trotted out a rather unconventional lineup for the series finale Thursday, opting to rest some players while giving others their first opportunities.
The most eye-catching move was installing Alex Liddi at third base and batting him second. Liddi didn’t do much early on, but did come through with a run-scoring single in the sixth inning that got Seattle on the board from three runs down.
Wedge said he put Liddi in the No. 2 spot, rather than Kyle Seager, because the Mariners were facing a left-handed starter in Derek Holland and he didn’t want too many left-handed hitters up top.
“I wanted to separate our left-handers with the left-hander on the mound and give them a different look,” Wedge said. “And I feel like we’re doing that with Liddi in the two hole.”
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Michael Saunders and Dustin Ackley each got the day off to rest up from some bumps, bruises and soreness acquired the first week of the season. Wedge said Ackley still is probably recovering a bit from a flu-like illness suffered upon his return from Japan, which knocked several pounds off his already-slender frame.
• The Mariners took a long look this week at signing free-agent right-handed relief pitcher Michael Wuertz before eventually opting not to. Seattle has had early season bullpen woes that have carried over from spring training, and the team’s interest in Wuertz shows they remain interested in relief help.
On Wednesday, Steve Delabar allowed back-to-back seventh-inning home runs to the Rangers. Delabar has given up four homers in 4-2/3 innings.
Then, on Thursday, Erasmo Ramirez came on in a 3-2 game in the seventh and allowed RBI hits to Ian Kinsler and Michael Young that made it 5-2.
• Carlos Peguero had surgery on his left knee Thursday morning to repair a torn medial meniscus. Peguero hurt the knee while rounding second base during a Class AAA game earlier in the week. No timetable for his return has been set, though team officials expect the recovery should take four to six weeks.
For the record: W-L: 4-4 W PCT: .500
vs. AL West: 4-4
vs. L.A.: 0-0
vs. Oakland: 3-1
vs. Texas: 1-3
vs. AL East: 0-0
vs. AL Cent: 0-0
vs. NL: 0-0
vs. LHP: 0-1
vs. RHP: 4-3
Extra inngs: 1-0
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