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May 14, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Mariners manager Eric Wedge explains why he’s starting Raul Ibanez against left-hander

Raul Ibanez and the Mariners warm up on the field at Yankee Stadium this afternoon ahead of tonight's series opener.

Raul Ibanez and the Mariners warm up on the field at Yankee Stadium this afternoon ahead of tonight’s series opener.

Hard not to notice Raul Ibanez in the lineup tonight against tough southpaw C.C. Sabathia. Ibanez has not performed well against left-handers either this year or in the recent past.

We asked manager Eric Wedge about that decision pre-game.

“He’s faced him a lot,” Wedge said of Ibanez. “I know a lot of the history goes back a ways, but that’s OK. And the history he has in this ballpark, too. I think you have to take that into consideration as well.”

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Ibanez is 12-for-42 (.286) lifetime off Sabathia with two homers, two doubles, a triple (!) and an OPS of .872.

Not too shabby. The question is whether he can still replicate his hitting prowess of the past. We know that Sabathia can still deal the way he used to several years back.

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