Ichiro gets rare day off Wednesday
Ichiro Suzuki is getting the rare day off today in Texas, with manager Eric Wedge resting his 38-year-old right fielder for the first time this season in Wednesday’s series finale with the Rangers.
Ichiro has played in 150 consecutive games, dating back to June 11 last year, when he snapped a 255-game streak by sitting out his only game of 2011.
Wedge is taking advantage of Thursday’s off day to give Ichiro a quick two-day break. He is the only Mariner who had played in each of the team’s first 51 games this year.
Kyle Seager moves into the No. 3 spot in the lineup, with Chone Figgins getting the start in right field.
The move isn’t a surprise to Ichiro, who told Japanese reporters Tuesday night that he wasn’t going to play Wednesday. Wedge informed him of that plan after Monday’s game.
Ichiro is leading the Mariners with a .271 batting average this season, but has just a .367 slugging percentage and 17 RBIs despite hitting in the No. 3 spot in the order. Wedge said Tuesday he’s open to moving Ichiro out of that lineup spot, but needs a ready replacement for the job.
Seager, batting .265 with a team-high 26 RBIs and .447 slugging percentage, will get at least a one-day audition today.
Here is today’s full lineup against Rangers lefty Derek Holland (4-3, 3.05 ERA):
Dustin Ackley 2B
Chone Figgins RF
Kyle Seager 3B
Jesus Montero DH
Justin Smoak 1B
Alex Liddi LF
Miguel Olivo C
Michael Saunders CF
Brendan Ryan SS
Blake Beavan RHP