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A bench-clearing lineup for Seattle

For those wondering if Alex Liddi or Casper Wells was ever going to play for the Seattle Mariners, the answer is: Yes, today.

Manager Eric Wedge said before the season restarted in Oakland last week, he'd looked ahead to this game vs. Texas lefty Derek Holland and planned to get right-handed hitters Wells and Liddi into his lineup, and as it worked out he got to give Michael Saunders and Dustin Ackley a day off.

Ackley hasn't quite completely come back from the camp virus that cost him six pounds - 'he didn't have six to lose,' Wedge said - and Saunders has a tender thigh, so getting them a day should have them fresh for Friday's home opener at Safeco Field.

Here's today's lineup:

Chone Figgins  CFAlex Liddi 3BIchiro  RFJustin Smoak  1BJesus Montero  DHKyle Seager  2BMiguel Olivo  CCasper Wells  LFBrendan Ryan SSJason Vargas  LHP