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Seattle's seventh leadoff hitter - Casper Wells

The Seattle Mariners are facing a left-hander in today's trip finale, and manager Eric Wedge has come up with a new-look lineup that includes his seventh leadoff hitter of the season - Casper Wells.

No, Wells has never batted first in his career with Seattle, but did so twice as a Detroit Tiger last season.

The Mariners have also loaded up as many right-handed hitters as they could: Wells, Jesus Montero, Miguel Olivo, Brendan Ryan - and switch-hitters Chone Figgins and Justin Smoak.

Blake Beavan returns to the mound, trying to add a win to the team's 4-2 record on this swing through Kansas City (3-1) and Tampa Bay (1-1). Here's the lineup:

Casper Wells           LF Ichiro Suzuki       RFJesus Montero          DHMiguel Olivo           CKyle Seager        2BJustin Smoak        1BMichael Saunders    CFChone Figgins      3B Brendan Ryan           SSBlake Beavan           RHP