Mariners Insider Blog

Lineups and some quick notes

With right-hander Joe Blanton on the mound, the Mariners are left-handed heavy today. Screen Shot 2013-04-27 at 2.27.02 PM

Brendan Ryan is back in there again after being replaced a few days ago. Carlos Peguero is also making another appearance, today in the eighth spot.

Here's Wedge today on Ryan and Andino:

"I don’t think we need to put a label on it. I’m just giving Andino a question. He played a few days in a row and I think it’s been good for him, I think he’s starting to find it a little bit.

"I thought Brendan had a nice game yesterday. He had that base hit, I thought he did a nice job with the safety squeeze.

"Regardless what has been written, I didn’t bench him. I said Andino is going to play more and we're going to take it day-to-day, week-to-week and month-to-month and see what happens. It gives Brendan a chance to work on his craft and gives Robert a chance to get going out there. Hey, if Robert takes it and runs with it, so be it. Robert is going to play more right now. We’ll get Brendan in there when we can and continue to let him work on his game."

Wedge was asked if Ryan, 31, can change such ingrained habits such as beating himself up emotionally to a point that he's holding himself down.

"I don’t know if we can. I’ve talked to him about. It’s up to him. I believe in him. I like him, I really do. I think he’s a championship player. But, he has to go out there and perform better offensively and work his emotions in a better direction that helps him do that."

> The Mariners had a team meeting prior to the game in order to allow third-base coach Jeff Datz to tell the team he has cancer. Datz provided the media with a statement, which, in part, said it was caught early. Datz will remain with the team for now as he in the process of making treatment decisions. Obviously, we wish him the best.

> Wedge said Michael Saunders will DH tonight for Tacoma and be in the field Sunday. Saunders was actually hit in the right shoulder -- the one he injured when crashing into the wall April 10 --by a pitch last night. "That pretty much sums up where we are right now," Wedge said.

> Last night, the crowd was announced at 31,543 with a walk-up crowd of 5,073, the largest walk-up in Safeco Field history.

> Kyle Seager extended his hitting streak to 15 games last night. He's just the 20th Mariners player in franchise history to hit safely in 15 or more consecutive games.

> Felix Hernandez is 93-24 with a 2.93 ERA in 154 career starts when the Mariners give him two or more runs of support.

> Seager's 69 extra-base hits since the start of last season is third-most among AL third baseman. Only Miguel Cabrera (82) and Adrian Beltre (80) have more.