The addition of Liddi and Wells to the lineup added two right-handed batters to face Oakland lefty Tommy Milone. Left-handed batters Michael Saunders and Kyle Seager had the night off for the Mariners. Although it might seem like a strategic no-brainer, it's somewhat of a new luxury for Wedge after last season.
"It's such a big difference between last year and this year," Wedge said. "Last year, we were scrambling to find nine guys to start, at times. This year, I feel like we have more than nine guys that are capable of starting."
Further changes to the starting lineup had usual designated hitter Jesus Montero getting the start behind the plate, giving regular catcher Miguel Olivo a rest. Wedge said he needed to give Olivo a day off this weekend from catching, but he still started at DH.