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Seager returns to cleanup role as Hart moves down

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SEATTLE -- After dropping Kyle Seager out of the cleanup spot for the first four games following Corey Hart's return from the disabled list, manager Lloyd McClendon had his All-Star third baseman back at No. 4 in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Twins.

Seager has hit .296 with four home runs and 17 RBIs in 21 games batting cleanup this year with an .880 on-base plus slugging percentage. The Mariners won two of four games with Hart back in that spot, but the right-handed hitter was just 2-for-14 (.143) and McClendon made the decision to drop him to sixth on Tuesday below Seager and Logan Morrison with another right-hander on the mound for the Twins in Phil Hughes.

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"Obviously Seager hitting behind Robbie with a righty on the mound makes sense," McClendon said. "LoMo is swinging the bat well. And it takes a little of the pressure off Corey as well out of that four-spot against a right-hander. Hopefully we can get him to relax a little more down there and maybe get a few more pitches to hit."

The Mariners are 13-8 with Seager hitting fourth, 3-1 with Morrison there and 17-17 with Hart.

"Seager did a great job hitting there," McClendon said. "So did LoMo. So I like those three guys lining up against the righty."

Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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