Sorry for the lateness of the line-ups and pregame stuff. Some idiot decided to leave the power cord for his already dead laptop at his home in Tacoma. And since I might be the only other person on the planet with Toshiba computer, there wasn't much help. But Jeff Evans and the always helpful Mariners media relations hooked me up with a laptop to use for the night.
So let's get to it. The line-up looks a little different tonight. Jason Bay is at the lead-off spot in a major league game for the first time in his career.
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"I didn't want to start the game with two lefties against Wilson," Wedge said. "Jason sees a lot pitches. He has pretty good recognition. He's an experienced guy. We had him there in spring training a little bit, which is why you do those things in spring training."
You'll notice the line-up is filled with right-handed or switch hitters with the exception of Kyle Seager. Heck even Brendan Ryan is in there.
Well, lefty CJ Wilson is on the mound. And he's pretty tough on lefties ...
It's one of the reasons why Dustin Ackley isn't in there, despite swinging a hot bat. Also Wedge had planned to rest Ackley at least one game a week early in the season to protect his surgically repaired ankle.
"It’s a good day for him to have off," Wedge said. "We are still picking days off for people when we are in this stretch. Don’t forget we are still in a 30 of 31 stretch and that’s about as real as it gets. "
Michael Saunders is in Las Vegas with the Rainiers on a rehab assignment. He's batting lead-off as the designated hitter. Wedge hopes that Saunders will be back soon.
"The earliest would be Monday," Wedge said. "We'll have to see how he feels tonight and how he feels tomorrow."
The hope is that Saunders will DH tonight, DH tomorrow, play the field on Sunday and feel ready to come back.