Abe Almonte gets moved into the lead-off spot for the first for the Mariners. But he batted leadoff 72 times for Tacoma.
"That's where I've hit for most of my career," he said. "It's normal to me."
Almonte has gotten plenty of at-bats at the No.2 spot in the line-up. With Dustin Ackley getting a day off and Brad Miller hurt, Almonte moves up.
"We've tried to keep him up if top if we could because he's been an action guy for us," manager Eric Wedge said. "He has a lot of energy. He's shown us the short game and he's driven the ball a little bit too. So it's nice to get him up there and get him some ABs."
But don't expect Almonte's approach to look any different. It doesn't change where he's at in the line-up.
"I'm going to play the same way I've been playing because that's the way I'm used to playing," he said.
One of the ways Almonte plays is using the bunt as a means to get on first base. He's easily the best bunter on the Mariners right now, which is a compliment along the lines of saying I'm the best looking sportswriter in the Puget Sound. Still, both are true.
But Almonte is a very good bunter because he works at it, a lot.
"In Triple A, I worked on it every game of every homestand," he said. "Twenty five minutes before stretch, I would be outside bunting. It would be like 40 bunts to third base and 40 bunts to first base. I made it a part of my routine every day because it's a big part of my game. Anyway you give me a chance, I will put it down."
Almonte also has a little power in his game. On Monday night, he belted his second homer since being called up - a solo homer to right field.
"I'm just trying to hit the ball the right way when I get my pitch," he said. "I'm not a power hitter, but if they give a me a pitch to hit in my zone, I can do damage. But I don't really look for homers. I'm just looking to get on base and get things going."
Kendrys Morales and Dustin Ackley are just getting days off. ... Brad Miller took some early batting practice. But Wedge doesn't anticipate that Miller will play at any point in the series against Detroit.
Forrest Snow suspended 50 games
Rainiers pitcher Forrest Snow has been suspended 50 games by major league baseball for a second positive test for a drug f abuse of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Unlike the major league testing program which focuses only on performance enhancing drugs, the minor league program can and does test players not on the 40-man roster for recreational drug use.
Snow is a Seattle native, who pitched at the University of Washington before being drafted in the 36th round by the mariners in 2010. He spent parts of this season with Double A Jackson and Triple A Tacoma. In 19 appearances (18-relief, one spot start) with the Rainiers, he posted a 4-0 record with a 2.93 ERA. In 40 innings pitched, he struck out 43 batters with 17 walks.
Snow, who is active on Twitter, had this tweet a few days ago.