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Mariners defensive outfield of your dreams?

Outfielder Casper Wells was recalled from the Tacoma Rainiers today and will start in left field for the Seattle Mariners, who won't have their best defensive lineup on the field until tomorrow.

"Michael Saunders, Franklin Gutierrez, Ichiro, that's pretty exciting," manager Eric Wedge said. "That's a fantastic defensive outfield. Saunders has done a fine job for us in center field, but he'll go to left - Franklin is one of the best center fielders in the game."

And one Mariners fans will see on Thursday, when rookie Erasmo Ramirez starts his first big-league game. Why not tonight? Gutierrez had a scheduled day off today, and the Mariners thought it best to stay on their same program with the oft-injured Gold Glover.

"We're going to try to keep him healthy, which hasnt' happened in awhile," Wedge said.

Gutierrez admits returning to center field at Safeco Field will be an experience he's wait for a long time.

"It's going to be emotional," Gutierrez said. "I don't remember the last time I played here on a regular basis. It will be very special for me."