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Category: lineup
April 2, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Franklin Gutierrez sits for Mariners as Oakland sends right-hander to mound

Screen Shot 2013-04-02 at 3.43.21 PMWell, I asked Eric Wedge on the final day of Arizona spring training about his plans for Franklin Gutierrez and he was pretty clear about how he intended to ease the center fielder into regular season play.

Tonight’s lineup just came out and Gutierrez isn’t in it.

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Comments | More in lineup | Topics: franklin gutierrez; michael saunders; leadoff; raul ibanez

April 1, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Mariners already showing some different lineup looks

Mariners take the field for pre-game warmup at The Coliseum in Oakland ahead of tonight's season opener.

Mariners take the field for pre-game warmup at The Coliseum in Oakland ahead of tonight’s season opener.

Looking at the lineup for today’s game, a few things jumped out early. The first was seeing Dustin Ackley way down in the No. 8 spot. Who would have thought that would be the case this time last year?

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Also, some of you have already noted that Justin Smoak is batting fifth and Kyle Seager sixth. Mariners manager Eric Wedge confirmed that was more to do with the whole lefty-righty thing in the lineup than anything definitive.

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April 1, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Power boost or not, Mariners need to do better job of getting on base

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Spoke a bit this morning on Talkin’ Baseball on Sports Radio KJR about the power boost the Mariners should see this coming season. It would be impossible to add Michael Morse and Kendrys Morales to your lineup without getting a significant home run uptick.

Throw in an improved Justin Smoak and still-improving Michael Saunders and Jesus Montero, with a solid Kyle Seager to boot, and the offense has the potential to change dramatically. That said, it will all be rendered somewhat moot if the Mariners don’t do a better job of getting on base.

And it has to start at the top of the order.

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Comments | More in lineup | Topics: justin smoak; franklin gutierrez; obp; leadoff


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