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June 20, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Pregame notes: Seager hits DH for the first time this year

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Manager Lloyd McClendon said he “needs to be more conscious” of resting third baseman Kyle Seager. That’s why Seager was the designated hitter Friday against the Royals, a half-off day of sorts.

“Get him off his legs a little bit,” McClendon said. “We’ve been grinding him pretty good. Let’s freshen him up a little bit.”

He added, “He’s swung the bat pretty good for us, but we’ve got to rest him whenever we can. So this is one way to do it.”

Seager has appeared in 70 of the Mariners’ 73 games this season, and Friday was the first time he DH’d this season.

McClendon said part of the challenge of giving guys days off was injuries to regulars Justin Smoak and Michael Saunders. McClendon said it’s tough to balance keeping the lineup intact and resting players “when you don’t get the matchups you want with the replacements. Yeah, it’s tough.”

No restrictions for Iwakuma: Hisashi Iwakuma will have “no restrictions” in tonight’s start against the Mariners. Iwakuma has been dealing with a sore neck, but he wasn’t expected to miss any starts.

McClendon on offense: McClendon was asked what he’s going to do to get the offense going before Friday’s game. The Mariners have scored just two runs in their last two games.

“How am I going to find offense?” McClendon said. “I’m going to do just like you do. I’m going to put that lineup in, I’m going to sit my ass down on that bench, and I’m going to watch them play. Once the game starts, I don’t have any control over it. I can put on the hit and run here and there, but…”

Mariners lineup: 

James Shields is on the mound for the Royals tonight.

1. Endy Chavez, RF

2. James Jones, CF

3. Robinson Cano, 2B

4. Kyle Seager, DH

5. Logan Morrison, 1B

6. Dustin Ackley, LF

7. Mike Zunino, C

8. Brad Miller, SS

9. Willie Bloomquist, 3B

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