Robinson impressing with flashy glove work

Robinson impressing with flashy glove work

SEATTLE -- Trayvon Robinson has made incredible plays in the outfield with such consistency lately, it's almost become expected.

When the Mariners left fielder dove to snag a sinking drive off the bat of Casey Kotchman on Tuesday, it was the fourth defensive gem he'd made in the span of five games. Along with the usual diving catches, on Monday night he went into the stands in foul territory to bring back a fly ball.

"Just staying with my plan to just play aggressive out there," Robinson said. "Playing smart too. Just trying be a good outfielder, trying to give all the pitchers confidence that I can go out there and go in the stands for them and whatnot.

"I got a job to do. I got to go out there and help the team win and try to beat them any way I can. I'm not going to get hits every day. I'm not going to score runs every day -- that's my focus, offensively -- but it's not going to be there every day. I just try to make sure my glove's there at all times."

Robinson is batting just .230 since being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on July 24, but he's impressed manager Eric Wedge enough to win the starting job in left field.

"It's been incredible," Wedge sad. "We talk about hunting the baseball, whether it be defensively or offensively, and without a doubt you're seeing it happen for us defensively. Trayvon in left field has been right in the middle of all of that. We want ballplayers who stick their nose in there, and that's what we've seen from him since he's been called up this last time, whether it be at home plate or left field."