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May 30, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Eric Wedge on whether Ichiro will be back at No. 3 spot on Friday: “I haven’t made the lineup up yet”

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Ichiro is getting a day off today and will be back in the lineup on Friday in Chicago after tomorrow’s off-day for the team. But as far as where he’ll be batting in the order, Mariners manager Eric Wedge wasn’t about to say.
“He’s going to be back in the lineup,” Wedge said. “I haven’t made the lineup up yet.”
Read into that what you will.
Wedge said it’s not about trying out lineup combinations. It’s about putting his best lineup possible out there every day to try to win games. Part of that will involve who the opposing pitcher is, how a particular hitter is doing and other things.
“Until you find out what you’ve got with these guys and you know what kind of major league hitters they’re going to be, you’re not going to be able to settle in to a lineup,” he said.
For tonight, he’s got Kyle Seager batting third.
“He’s probably been our most consistent hitter this year,” Wedge said. “He’s been our est run producer for the most part. It will be interesting to see him settle in there.”
I asked Wedge whether he’s like the many MLB managers who believe in batting their best hitter third.
“I think it needs to be in that three or four-hole range,” he said. “But three is the optimum spot. Of course, it depends what you’ve got going on in front of him and behind him too.”


Seager had been in a 2-for-28 slump at the plate before breaking out with three hits last night, two of them doubles.
“Through the course of the season, you’re going to have some ups and downs,” Seager said. “But the trick is to try to get back to what you were doing as soon as you can.”
Seager made some adjustments in last night’s game after going hitless against Matt Harrison the night before.
“I thought I was rushing a little bit and maybe striding a little late and too hard against Harrison,” Seager said. “He kind of works real fast and everything. I wasn’t getting down in time. I had an adjustment I needed to make, so I was kind of simplifying everything and worked on trying to get back to the basic stuff.”
The lineups:
MARINERS
2B Dustin Ackley
RF Chone Figgins
3B Kyle Seager
DH Jesus Montero
1B Justin Smoak
LF Alex Liddi
C Miguel Olivo
CF Michael Saunders
SS Brendan Ryan
RHP Blake Beavan
RANGERS
2B Ian Kinsler
3B Michael Young
CF Josh Hamilton
DH Adrian Beltre
LF David Murphy
RF Nelson Cruz
C Mike Napoli
1B Mitch Moreland
SS Alberto Gonzalez
LHP Derek Holland

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