Moments after beating the Angels and moving within a game of first place in the American League West, the Seattle Mariners made the announcement tonight - rookie second baseman Dustin Ackley will join the team in Safeco Field on Friday.
Ackley will join a 35-34 team that beat Los Angeles, 3-1, behind the pitching of Erik Bedard and the hitting of rookies Carlos Peguero and Greg Halman.
The youth movement is running full bore - and as a bonus, in the goofy American League West - the Mariners are a game behind front-running Texas.
“It’s time to get him up here,” manager Eric Wedge said of Ackley. “We sent him down in spring training to get more experience. He got more experience, and he’s ready to be up here.
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“We like Ackley’s bat, he’s made tremendous strides. We think he’s going to be part of our future.”
The Mariners can use the offensive transfusion. Hitting an AL-worst .228, the Mariners will be delighted to see if Ackley and approach his AAA numbers - .303 with 56 runs scored, 17 doubles, three triple, nine home runs and 34 RBI in 65 games
Against the Angels, Bedard worked seven shutout innings and got the win when Peguero's bases-loaded, two-run single caromed off the bag at second base and bounded into the outfield. Halman, who came in for defensive purposes, then hit the first major league home run of his career in the eighth.