The Seattle Mariners have experimented with their up-the-middle infield all spring, but today marks the first start of the spring - and in years - for Jack Wilson at second base.
Oops. Right after that was written, the posted lineup came down and Mr. Wilson's name disappeared from it, replaced by Sean Kazmar.
Meaningful? Probably not. Wilson will likely play second at some point, but while it's clear Eric Wedge wants versatility - what manager doesn't - Wilson isn't likely to be the Mariners starting second baseman often.
Wilson was taken out of the lineup because he came in feeling sick and was sent back home.
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More news? Ichiro is the designated hitter, Franklin Gutierrerz is back in center field and Mike Wilson gets a start in right field.
More important that all that, lefty Erik Bedard makes his second start of the spring. His first was a nine-pitch inning. Today, he'll extend into double figures and probably work two innings. Here's the lineup against Cleveland:
Ichiro DHChone Figgins 3BFranklin Gutierrez CFAdam Kennedy 1BMiguel Olivo CMichael Saunders LFBrendan Ryan SSJack Wilson 2BMike Wilson RFErik Bedard P