Ackley doesn't start for first time in a month

Ackley doesn't start for first time in a month

CLEVELAND -- Before Monday, second baseman Dustin Ackley had played in every Mariners game since July 3. Suffice it to say, the rookie earned his day off.

For the first time since Aug. 19, manager Eric Wedge did not pencil Ackley into his starting lineup. The daily grind might be wearing on Ackley, who is hitting just .103 (4-for-39) with 15 strikeouts in his last 11 games.

"He's been playing more than anybody, really," Wedge said. "He's been going at it every day. That's the type of player he needs to be. He has to fight through all this, but we still need to give him a day. With the travel, where we're at, this is a good day to give it to him."

Overall, Ackley is batting .278 with six homers and 34 RBIs in 81 games. He has been one of the few bright spots in a Mariners lineup that has produced just 3.4 runs per game, which ranks last in the American League.

"For a young hitter, he's really good at getting the barrel of the bat and squaring up the baseball," Wedge said. "He has good plate coverage, he has an idea up there. He's still learning and he's still fighting to make the adjustments to the league, but he's hanging in there."