Wedge goes with all new lineup for Saturday
Casper Wells, who came off the bench to homer in the ninth inning of Friday’s Cactus League opener, gets the start in right field today the Mariners face the Padres again at 12:05 p.m. PT at Peoria Stadium.
Manager Eric Wedge has rolled out an entirely new lineup for Game 2, as usual for this time of spring, as he looks to get everyone into action early. That means Franklin Gutierrez and Justin Smoak are in the lineup today after sitting out Friday.
Here’s the full lineup:
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Casper Wells RF
Jason Bay LF
Justin Smoak 1B
Kelly Shoppach C
Ronny Paulino DH
Alex Liddi 3B
Nick Franklin 2B
Brad Miller SS
Blake Beavan P
Also scheduled to throw today are Kameron Loe, Taijuan Walker, Danny Hultzen, Bobby LaFromboise, Carson Smith, Jonathan Arias and Jhonny Nunez.
Wells, competing for a backup outfield spot, got off to a nice start with his two-run blast off Padres right-hander Brandon Kloess.
“It definitely helps confidence-wise,” Wells said. “You get into these games and there’s thoughts in your head about how long it’s going to take you to get used to hitting again. But all it takes is for you to hit a ball solid and you feel back in the swing of things.”