Mariners Insider Blog

Guess who's not in the line-up today?

Um, that would be the 6-foot-7 first baseman. Richie Sexson is on the bench for the fourth straight game.

You know what that means don't you? Cue the music....

But I will say this I saw Richie in the clubhouse today. He got dressed and headed out, armed with a pen and the crossword puzzle.

A few guys approached him, and he seemed willing to talk, but when the subject of him sitting came up, he just muttered that he didn't want to get into it.

Knowing that it was something we were going to ask about right away in the pregame meeting, manager John McLaren made a preemptive move and brought it up before the first question could be asked.

"One thing I really want to emphasize here, this situation at first base is more about Cairo than it is Sexson. Jeff (Pentland) has been doing a couple things with Richie behind the scenes. In the meantime, we've put Cairo out there and to be honest, he's energized us. He's given us great defense. He's given us a different look, he's given us some speed, he's a contact hitter. And we've played pretty good. So in the situation we're in, I'm not going to change it."

Again, it's about Miguel, it's not about Richie, it's about Miguel. I think we're trying to make something of this story that it's not. Like I've said, Richie is our first baseman. But we've got a hot hand going and I'm not going to change it. The way were playing right now, I just want to keep it going.

I thought about it last night. And I kept thinking about it, somebody told me the the other day there was a rumor we're releasing the guy.

It's funny how things start. So I just wanted to bring that forefront in our little get together from the beginning."

On how Richie is taking the situation ...

"He's got pride, and he wants to do well and he knows he's struggled. It's not an easy situation for him and it's not an easy situation for myself. but first and foremost and what will always be No. 1 is the team.

We've spoken and stuff. I've told him how I feel about it, and how I feel about him. I've tried to support Richie as mjuch as anybody. I believe in Richie and he's working hard behind the scenes with Pent and I'm sure he's anxious to get back out there. He knows he can't do anything from the bench, but I've told him the reasons why he's not out there and that's how it is."

As for any changes in the lineup for the foreseeable future?

As long as we're running this little streak, I'm going to go with the hot-hand. We know he's going to be back out there again, it's just a matter of when.