Mariners Insider Blog

PREGAME NOTES: Yuni back on the bench again, Junior hitting clean-up

Yuniesky Betancourt is back on the bench again. Do I think it's punishment for the awful booted ball last night? Not really. You can't sit him every time he makes a mistake in the game. You don't want players playing not to make mistakes. I think it's more of a matter of Wakamatsu wanting to get Ronny Cedeno in the line-up today. But it also is nice to have a capable player like Cedeno to send mini messages. Wlad Balentien also gets a day off as well.

With that being said, Yuni is tied with Boston's Nick Green for most errors in baseball with eight. Jose Lopez is behind them with seven.

UPDATE: Like I expected, Wakamatsu isn't punishing Yuni per se.

"I didn't want to sit Ronny for the third day," Wakamatsu said.

As for the idea of benching somebody because of an error, Wakamatsu doesn't subscribe to that thinking.

"I'm definitely not a manager that once you make an error (you're out," he said. "What I look for work ethic, awareness in the ball game, the effort level and those type of things."


Ichiro CF

Endy Chavez LF

Adrian Beltre 3B

Ken Griffey Jr. DH

Russell Branyan 1B

Jose Lopez 2B

Kenji Johjima C

Ronny Cedeno SS

Franklin Gutierrez CF


LHP Garrett Olson P (0-1, 5.27 ERA)


Aaron Rowand CF

Edgar Renteria SS

Pablo Sandoval DH

Bengie Molina C

Randy Winn RF

Jesus Guzman 1B

Juan Uribe 3B

Fred Lewis LF

Kevin Frandsen 2B


RHP Matt Cain (4-1, 2.65 ERA)