The Mariners are running out another new-look lineup, trying to ignite a couple of hitters they badly need – Adrian Beltre and Wladimir Balentien.
Beltre has been moved from fourth to second in the batting order to give him a new look, perhaps a new feel at the plate. Balentien, for now, will bat cleanup.
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"We look at Balentien as a power bat in the middle of the lineup in the future, and we're going to put him there and see how he reacts," manager Don Wakamatsu said. "We thought getting Adrian out of the 3-4 holes for a while might help him. He's got to be a force in our lineup."
Beltre hasn't been, yet. Batting .205, he has only 15 RBI despite batting in the heart of the lineup all season. And Ken Griffey Jr., who's hitting third again tonight, has only nine RBI for the season.
Here's tonight's lineup. Wakamatsu and his team have to hope the same guys hitting in different spots can somehow become a more productive group.
Griffey Jr. DH
Russell Branyan 1B
Kenji Johjima C
Jose Lopez 2B
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Chris Jakuauskas RHP