Mariners Insider Blog

Ichiro's leading off first time in '12

The Seattle Mariners have a new arm in their bullpen in rookie Stephen Pryor today and a new leadoff hitter in their lineup - Ichiro Suzuki.

For the first time in 2012, Ichiro is back in the role he held since 2001, ending the experiment of batting him third. In a team-high 210 at-bats, Ichiro is itting .271 with one home run and 17 RBI.

Dustin Ackley, who hit leadoff in 26 games, was dropped to second in the lineup. Kyle Seager, the team's leading hitter (.278) and RBI producer (28), is batting third.

Pryor will slide into middle relief, although with Brandon League not closing at the moment, Pryor could see duty any time after the sixth inning.

Here's tonight's lineup:

 Ichiro Suzuki     RFDustin Ackley     2BKyle Seager      3BJesus Montero         DHJustin Smoak     1BMike Carp         LFMiguel Olivo          CMichael Saunders   CF Brendan Ryan          SSFelix Hernandez