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With Montero out, why Ackley is the DH

When Jesus Montero was done in by sea food and scratched from tonight's lineup, manager Eric Wedge had choices in replacing him.

He chose Dustin Ackley, and put left-handed hitting Munenori Kawasaki in the lineup at second base.

          Why?

          First, Kawasaki had faced Texas starter Yu Darvish before. Second, both reserves Alex Liddi and Casper Wells were right-handed hitters. It came down to Kawasaki or left-handed hitting catcher John Jaso.

          Wedge went with the man who faced Darvish before.

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