Ackley remains sidelined by sore neck

Ackley remains sidelined by sore neck

SEATTLE -- Second baseman Dustin Ackley remained out of the Mariners lineup on Saturday as manager Eric Wedge gave his sore neck another day to recover.

Ackley left Friday's series opener against the Rangers after three innings when his neck tightened up. Kyle Seager took his place at second base on Saturday, with Alex Liddi moving into Seager's spot at third.

"He's better, but still needs another day," Wedge said prior to Saturday's game. "He should be OK for tomorrow. He woke up with it yesterday and it just got worse as we got into the game. So instead of pushing it and really taking a chance on missing some time, we got him out of there."

Ackley has hit just .231 in 144 games, but the Mariners are 48-41 when he's been in the leadoff role. Center fielder Franklin Gutierrez took his spot atop the lineup for just the second time this season on Saturday.

Wedge said he considered hitting Michael Saunders in the leadoff spot, but ultimately chose Gutierrez to put another right-hander up high in the order against Texas southpaw Matt Harrison.