Tuiasosopo gets first start

Tuiasosopo gets first start

OAKLAND -- The Mariners starting lineup had Matt Tuiasosopo's name on it for the first time Thursday, but probably not where you might expect it -- at first base.

"The reason is two-fold," manager Don Wakamatsu said. "No. 1, we talked about getting everyone in during this series to create team unity and Tui needs to play to stay sharp. It also gives us an opportunity to get Sweeney in there."

Sweeney, who batted .500 during Spring Training to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster, and Tuiasosopo, who batted over .300 this spring, were the only position players that had not appeared in a game this season.

The Rangers are scheduled to start one left-hander in the upcoming three-game series, "which gives us another opportunity to juggle the lineup a little bit more," Wakamatsu said. "But the biggest thing was to get everyone in there in this [Oakland] series."

This was Tuiasosopo's first game at first base in his professional career.