SEATTLE -- The Mariners used a different No. 3 hitter for the first time this season Thursday night.
Second baseman Robinson Cano, who had started all 52 of Seattle's games, was scratched a few hours before the series finale against the Angels because he wasn't feeling well.
Right fielder Michael Saunders took his No. 3 spot in the order, while Nick Franklin switched from designated hitter to Cano's second base spot. Meanwhile, rookie outfielder Stefen Romero went from having the night off against right-hander Matt Shoemaker (2-1, 3.18 ERA) to DHing and batting sixth.
Cano entered Thursday tied for first in the Major Leagues with 22 multi-hit games. In his last 16 games, he's hitting .409 (27-for-66). He has posted a .327/.371/.420 slash line with 11 doubles, two home runs and 31 RBIs in his first season with the Mariners since signing a 10-year, $240 million contract last December.
Prior to Thursday, Cano had played in 1,172 out of a possible 1,186 games since 2007, the most of any player in baseball during that stretch.
Adam Lewis is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less