Both Wilsons get starting nods for Mariners

Both Wilsons get starting nods for Mariners

SEATTLE -- Manager Don Wakamatsu said choosing between Josh Wilson and Jack Wilson at shortstop would be done on a game-by-game matchup basis, and though the matchup favored Jack on Tuesday, both wound up in the lineup.

After being activated from the disabled list on Sunday, Jack Wilson got the start at shortstop against the Cubs in the opener of the three-game series because he has the most experience against Chicago right-hander Ryan Dempster, against whom he's 8-for-28 (.286) with three doubles.

But when second baseman Chone Figgins was a late scratch because of an upset stomach, Josh Wilson took his place. It's the first game this year Figgins has missed.

"It gives us an opportunity to play [Jack Wilson] because he knows [Dempster] so well," Wakamatsu said. "Again, we'll just go down that road. I'm not going to sit Josh all the time. He's been one of our most productive players. For me, it's just getting guys back in playing, and this is the first step with Jack."

Josh Wilson has been successful as a replacement, hitting .289 -- second-best on the team -- in 42 games, while Jack Wilson hit .253 before going on the disabled list.