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Rest for Ryan, a start for Triunfel vs. Oakland

After one of their worst games, the Seattle Mariners shook up their infield for the final start of the year by 14-game winner Jason Vargas, who hasn't won since September 3.

Manager Eric Wedge will sit shortstop Brendan Ryan and play rookie Carlos Triunfel and get Franklin Gutierrez back in center field.

"I don't think it's a mattter of being tired, I think we have to battle mental let downs," Wedge said. "The last couple of weeks, I haven't been pleased with our defense. You've got to count one waht you count on, and that's pitching and defense for us."

It's Vargas vs. Oakland right-hander Dan Straily. Here's the lineup:

Dustin Ackley  2BFranklin Gutierrez  CFKyle Seager  3BJohn Jaso  DHJustin Smoak  1BMichael Saunders  LFMiguel Olivo  CCasper Wells  RFCarlos Triunfel  SSJason Vargas LHP