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Romero earns second straight start at DH

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SEATTLE -- Rookie Stefen Romero was in the lineup at designated hitter again Friday, though manager Lloyd McClendon moved him up to the second spot in the order a night after he went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored while DHing and hitting seventh.

Since regular DH Corey Hart was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring strain, the Mariners have used Romero, Nick Franklin and Robinson Cano in a DH-by-committee approach.

"Somebody's got to DH," McClendon said. "It's just that simple. [Romero] got two hits. He probably earned the right to get back in there."

Adam Lewis is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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