ARLINGTON, Texas. – All the talk about personal responsibility and accountability from Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge became action Tuesday when shortstop Brendan Ryan was benched for a day.
“Some days you need to watch rather than play the game,” Wedge said. “That’s the case today for Mr. Ryan.”
This was no penalty for a bad throw on a potential double play a night earlier – though that particular play added to the pile Ryan had recently created with his play.
As the Mariners seemed to be putting together strong at-bats, Ryan had been swinging at first pitches, swinging at bad pitches and was hitting .232.
Add to that unforced mistakes – like pulling his throw on a double play ground ball and costing the team two runs Monday – and Wedge had seen enough.
The result: Munenori Kawasaki, shortstop.
“I like the energy he brings the team, I like his at-bats and his play in the field,” Wedge said. “That said, Brendan Ryan is our shortstop.”
So the lineup was a message?
“The message was inferred,” Wedge said.
WRITING ON THE BALL
Rookie Erasmo Ramirez can do almost anything with a baseball, including writing more information on one than anyone in the Seattle clubhouse could remember seeing.
To memorialize his major league debut Monday, three solid innings marred only by Josh Hamilton’s solo home run, Ramirez put the date and place of the game.
Then he wrote down the names of the hitters he struck out. And Hamilton’s name with the addendum: home run.
Then he wrote the score, and his name and “major league debut” and put the ball on a shelf in his cubicle, in case he remembered anything else he might want to squeeze in.
Wedge likes to look into the eyes of his relievers as they come to the mound, but admitted Tuesday he didn’t get that far with Ramirez.
“I never got past his smile,” Wedge said, grinning.
Ramirez said he was ready to go out for a fourth inning when Wedge told him he was done.
“I took a deep breath for the first time since I’d gone in the game,” Ramirez said. “I felt quiet out there, like it was just me on the mound and the hitter at the plate. I kept the ball down and threw strikes.”
And then wrote all about it on a baseball.
Jesus Montero returned to the lineup after missing a game after sushi got the best of him Monday. Montero said he would be changing his diet, especially in Texas. … Alex Liddi delivered a pinch-hit single late in the game Monday, then talked about the role of a reserve. “You get one chance, and you have to swing at strikes, not miss your pitch if you get it,” he said. “Then it’s another day, and you get ready to do it again.” … Kyle Seager began the night 7-for-13 in his past three games, batting fifth in the lineup. “Right now, pitchers are coming inside hard on me,” he said, “and I’m focused on going up the middle. If I keep hitting like this for a couple weeks, then I’ll feel hot. It’s just three games.”
Seattle plays at Texas in a 5:05 p.m. (PDT) game that will be televised on Root Sports. Probable starting pitchers: Seattle’s Kevin Millwood (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Colby Lewis (1-0, 3.00).
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