Kotchman moves up in lineup

Kotchman moves up in lineup

SEATTLE -- Mariners first baseman Casey Kotchman advanced two places in the lineup for Wednesday night's series finale against the Orioles, batting fifth.

He had a five-game hitting streak end on Tuesday night, when he went 0-for-4, but the dynamics of the lineup had more to do with his elevation than his batting average.

"It's not so much that we're moving him up because he's hot," manager Don Wakamatsu, "but because we like the way the lineup slots out today."

With left fielder Milton Bradley and designated hitter Ken Griffey Jr. out of the lineup against Orioles right-hander Kevin Millwood, Wakamatsu put right-handed-hitting Matt Tuiasosopo in left field and Mike Sweeney in the DH spot.

"I like our lineup the way it's going," Wakamatsu said. "It gives us [production] a little bit deeper in the lineup. I don't know that we're making a statement that we're changing just because he's hot. Griff's not in there today and Milton's not in there.

"I said a week ago that I want to establish somewhat of a consistent lineup. We've had a pretty good run here, and I'm comfortable with that lineup. But you're going to have days when you'll have to make changes because of injury, and that's what today is."