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Wedge balances winning, player development

Wedge balances winning, player development

Wedge balances winning, player development
SEATTLE -- Throughout the course of a game, Mariners manager Eric Wedge has to deal with a dilemma: winning vs. development.

"The No. 1 priority up here is always winning, but player development is a big part of what we're doing up here just because of our youth," Wedge said. "We're coming out here looking to win every night, but we're doing it with young kids.

"There's certain points in time where you make decisions throughout the course of the ballgame, which is about the [development] because you give this kid one more out or one more [at-bat] or you give him a little bit more of an opportunity, it's going to come back and help you win more ballgames down the road."

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Wedge said it's a fine line getting the younger players time because there are so many guys that need to play. But he has been balancing the dilemma all season, and has used right- and left-handed matchups as a way to get bench players into the lineup.

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