Ryan back at shortstop for Mariners

Ryan back at shortstop for Mariners

NEW YORK -- After sitting out Saturday, shortstop Brendan Ryan was back in the Mariners' lineup Sunday for their series finale against the Yankees. But manager Eric Wedge dropped the struggling veteran to ninth in the batting order and said he needs to see some offensive production.

Ryan was hitting .149 going into Sunday's game, well below his career average of .256.

"It's not a forever thing unless he gets himself going," said Wedge, who had tried jump-starting Ryan by batting him second in recent games. "But I still want to give him an opportunity to do that. I know he's a lot better than what we've seen, but he has to go up there and defend himself and compete better than what he's been doing."

Left-handed-hitting Munenori Kawasaki started at shortstop Saturday. But Kawasaki wasn't regarded as a strong offensive player in Japan, and he went 0-for-3 and is batting just .194.

Thus Wedge went with Ryan on Sunday, along with all his right-handed hitters, against Yankees southpaw Andy Pettitte.

"Hopefully, a lefty today will help him, and he's hitting in the nine-hole and we'll see what happens," Wedge said.