Liddi earning time with hard work, results

Liddi earning time with hard work, results

DETROIT -- Alex Liddi was perhaps the biggest surprise to make the Mariners' 25-man roster out of Spring Training. Now, after capitalizing on that opportunity, his manager can't get him off the field.

Not that he wants too, anyway. After Wednesday's 9-1 win against the Tigers, a game in which Liddi went 2-for-5 with two RBIs, manager Eric Wedge laughed when asked if Liddi would be starting in Thursday's series finale.

"What do you think?" he said about the Italian-born infielder, who went 1-for-4 in Thursday's 5-4 win.

Liddi has hit .357 (10-for-28) in eight games this season and tore up the Tigers. The 23-year-old hit a crucial home run in the eighth inning of Tuesday's game to give his team a two-run cushion. He then hit another bomb Wednesday to chase Tigers starting pitcher Adam Wilk from the game.

"He works as hard as anybody we have. if you watch the way he works out there," Wedge said. "And he's hungry to get in the lineup and he's earning that."

Liddi played third base and hit sixth Thursday. One of the most important aspects for Liddi moving forward is his versatility. He can play third base -- his natural position -- first base and he's been shagging fly balls in the outfield. That, and the way he's been swinging the bat lately, should keep him in the Majors when Mike Carp returns from the disabled list.