Saunders, Moore in lineup Saturday
Manager Eric Wedge says one of the challenges of early season is getting all his guys playing time. In that vein, Michael Saunders and Adam Moore are in the lineup tonight against the A’s after sitting out the opener.
Saunders starts in center field in place of Ryan Langerhans, who went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts on Opening Night. Wedge noted Saunders has had some success against A’s starter Brett Anderson in limited action (3-for-8) and he’s been splitting time with those two throughout the spring in Franklin Gutierrez’s absence.
Moore is starting more for health reasons, since starting catcher Miguel Olivo is coming off a strained groin muscle and only has been active for about the last week. Olivo said he felt fine after last night’s game and would happily have played today, but understands it’s important to be smart about his return.
Wedge said Olivo will be back in the lineup in Sunday’s afternoon series finale and then be able to catch Monday night’s game at Texas as well.
Here’s tonight’s full lineup for the 6:07 p.m. contest:
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Chone Figgins 3B
Milton Bradley LF
Jack Cust DH
Justin Smoak 1B
Brendan Ryan SS
Jack Wilson 2B
Michael Saunders CF
Adam Moore C
Jason Vargas LHP