Now Commenting On:

As lineup evolves, Figgins gets a rare call

As lineup evolves, Figgins gets a rare call

As lineup evolves, Figgins gets a rare call
SEATTLE -- The Mariners lineup for the Sunday's series finale against the Angels again took on a new look, with Chone Figgins getting a rare start in center field and Alex Liddi in at left field.

Manager Eric Wedge made it clear the lineup would continue to change for the foreseeable future.

"You're not going to have a consistent lineup until you know what your players are capable of doing," he said. "Because you can't do that until you know what you have. You can' t do that until they develop as Major League players.

"It takes time to do that. So throughout that process, you get into the lineup, you put the best lineup out there you feel is capable of winning a ballgame -- which is first and foremost in all of our minds, or should be -- and then you let it play out."

It was just the second start for Figgins since he was demoted to a utility role after the experiment of starting him in left and leading off was discontinued in mid-May. The veteran is hitting just .180 this season.

Meanwhile, Wedge continues to try to get Liddi playing time in left to improve his versatility. The rookie is a natural third baseman and is able to play first, as well.

"Just being more comfortable going after the ball," said Wedge, of the improvements he's seen from Liddi in the outfield. "That ball comes your way, I think his heartbeat's better. I think his head's a little bit more smooth when he runs, so the ball's not bouncing as much. I think his jumps are a little bit better."

Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español