Scuffling Beltre sits

Just when it looked like third baseman Adrian Beltre might be coming out of a prolonged batting slump, the current homestand has knocked him back into slump-land.

And, with a 0-for-11 skid the past three games and a hitless streak stretching to to 13 consecutive at-bats, manager Don Wakamatsu decided to give Beltre a breatherand took him out of the starting lineup for Monday night’s series opener against the Angels at Safeco Field.

Beltre, batting .211 with two home runs and 15 RBIs in 152 at-bats, was replaced at third by Ronny Cedeno.

The remainder of the lineup reads:

1. Ichiro Suzuki, RF.

2. Jose Lopez, 2B

3. Ken Griffey Jr., DH.

4. Wladimir Balentien, LF.

5. Russell Branyan, 1B.

6. Kenji Johjima, C.

7. Franklin Gutierrez, CF.

8. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS.

9. Cedeno, 3B.

P. Jarrod Washburn.

— Jim Street

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