ARLINGTON -- While Mariners manager Eric Wedge has mixed and matched all sorts of lineups this season and had catcher John Jaso leading off for a second time on Monday, he's had Ichiro Suzuki in the No. 3 spot every game. Wedge said Ichiro could get a day off on the current road trip, but he hasn't been tempted to move him out of the No. 3 spot yet. "Out of respect for him, he's the one true veteran we have in there every day," Wedge said. "I'm still hopeful he can get himself going in that three-hole. With all the young kids we're starting each and every night, we really need him to get it going."
What exactly is he hoping to see? "Just more production, more of a run producer for us," Wedge said. Ichiro has the highest batting average on the Mariners at .271 and is tied for fourth in RBIs with 16. His slugging percentage of .369 is sixth on the team. The 38-year-old right fielder is the only Mariners player to have started all 51 games this season, but that streak could well come to an end Wednesday. Wedge often uses a day off before an off day to give a player a two-day break and the Mariners are traveling this Thursday, their first day off in 20 days. Wedge wasn't committing to anything on Monday, but said when he did give Ichiro a day off it would be more than just putting him at designated hitter. "No, it'd be an off-day if we do it," he said. "I haven't talked to him about it yet, but at some point in time I think it might do him good."