Cedeno gets first start
The lineups for tonight’s game have been posted and there is one change for the Mariners.
Ronny Cedeno, who had a solid Spring Training and earned a spot on the 25-man roster as a utility infielder, will start in left field. Endy Chavez moves to right field.
“As we go forward and guys step up, or have some struggles, maybe a set lineup will emerge,” manager Don Wakamatsu said, “but right now, it’s important to give everyone an opportunity and not have them sit for four days.
Backup catcher Rob Johnson and third baseman Matt Tuiasosopo are the only position players that have not appeared in this series.
It will be interesting to see how the team reacts to Tuesday night’s stunning loss. Just one out away from a 5-3 victory, the Mariners ended up losing the game, 6-5, on three walks, an infield single and solid single to center field.
Manager Don Wakamatsu says he has confidence in closer Brandon Morrow, who retired the first two batters he faced and then walked the next three. The Twins sent up a bevy of left-handed hitters, including pinch-hitters Jason Kubel and Brian Buscher, and the Mariners couldn’t bring in a lefty reliever because there aren’t any.
The Mariners lineup:
1. Endy Chavez, RF.
2. Franklin Gutierrez, CF.
3. Ken Griffey Jr., DH.
4. Adrian Beltre, 3B.
5. Russell Branyan, 1B.
6. Jose Lopez, 2B.
7. Kenji Johjima, C.
8. Ronny Cedeno, LF.
9. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
— Jim Street