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Wedge using 'healthy' mix of lineups early

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SEATTLE -- Mariners manager Eric Wedge was asked about the fact that Tuesday night's lineup was his team's ninth different look in as many games in the 2013 season, and he shrugged.

"It's baseball," Wedge said. "You look around the league, and it's not just us. I think people get too caught up, and it's not 1975 anymore. You're not going to have the same nine guys out there every day, and they're not going to stay with the same team for 10 years. It just doesn't work that way.

"The flip side of that is that it's a healthy thing, because we've got 13 guys that we feel like can go out there and play and play regularly if they need to. And it'll definitely help us later in the year, but it's going to help us even here early on as they continue to play and stay fresh. And early on you've got to be careful. You come out of Spring Training where you've got them playing two in a row, three tops, and then you break and you're playing 14 in a row. You've got to be careful with all that, too."

Doug Miller is a senior writer for Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.