SEATTLE -- Manager Eric Wedge hasn't had too much time to think about life without Ichiro Suzuki, but the fact that he had removed Ichiro from the leadoff spot several times this season, including out of Spring Training, meant he had a different strategy in mind.
Consider it an evolving work in progress.
Dustin Ackley led off in Sunday's game against the Royals and likely will continue to do so, but Wedge said he hasn't given any thought into what the top of the lineup might look like in 2013.
"I've been using Ackley," Wedge said. "I still hope that he continues to take to it. But I don't have anything right now in regard to a predetermined set lineup for next year.
"We've still got a couple-plus months here to continue to look at these guys, and watch them continue to progress and develop."