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September 8, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Monday’s pregame lineups: Astros at Mariners

 

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Michael Saunders jumps right off the disabled list into the Mariners outfield for Monday night’s series opener against the Astros at Safeco Field, slotting in at right field for Dustin Ackley, who will miss his second consecutive start with a sore left ankle.

Ackley will have an MRI done today, though both he and Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon both expect a quick return.

“I don’t want to get out today and try to be a hero and delay myself,” Ackley said. “… (I’ll) maybe just take a few days off and be ready to be ready to rock the rest of the year.”

Saunders has hit .276 with six home runs and 28 RBIs in 65 games this season, the last of which came against Minnesota on July 10 before he was sidelined first with a strained oblique and later by a bout with “Fifth Disease.”

First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m.

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