Liddi hits, Smoak sits: Wedge takes no chances with hamstring | Notebook
Replacement hits first home run, adds two more hits.
Seattle Times staff reporter
DETROIT — Justin Smoak continues to have trouble shedding that hamstring tightness he first felt in a game a week ago last Saturday.
Though Smoak was cleared to play Tuesday night, Mariners manager Eric Wedge decided to sit his first baseman and try to get his leg healed. Alex Liddi got the start instead, hitting his first home run of the season and adding two more hits.
"He was good to go and the trainer said he was good to go," Wedge said of Smoak. "I just wanted to give him another day and make sure we didn't have revolving issues here as we work through the season."
Wedge also chose to start Munenori Kawasaki at shortstop, to rest Brendan Ryan and get ahead of some lingering physical issues with him. Ryan entered the night batting just .190, while Smoak was at .203.
Glad to see Detroit
Miguel Olivo entered play hitting just .154, though it was a year ago this week that he came to Detroit and hit his first home run among a bunch of extra-base hits in a three-game sweep by Seattle.
"I'm staying quiet about that now," Olivo said with a smile. "But you never know. I'm hoping some good things could happen."
Olivo noted in kidding fashion that Ryan Raburn was in the starting lineup as Detroit's left fielder. One of Olivo's homers here last year came when Raburn deflected his fly ball over the left-field fence while trying to catch it.
Olivo managed an infield single Tuesday, but there were no repeats of Raburn's exploits. Raburn did look somewhat hesitant chasing after a Michael Saunders drive to left-center that resulted in a two-run double.
• Mariners outfielder Mike Carp asked to be pulled from the lineup Monday night with Class AAA Tacoma. Wedge said Carp was feeling weary from his month-long comeback attempt from a sprained shoulder.
• The Mariners still are several days away from sending Franklin Gutierrez out on a rehabiliation stint. Gutierrez tore his pectoral muscle two months ago this week.
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