SEATTLE -- The Mariners and Indians have rescheduled two games that were rained out in Cleveland on May 14-15, with the Mariners now needing to make an extra trip into Ohio in September to pull it off.
One game will be made up Tuesday, Aug. 23, as part of a day-night doubleheader during the Mariners' next trip to Progressive Field. They were already slated to make their second trek to Cleveland this season with a three-game set on Aug. 22-24, so now that will be four games in three days.
They'll now play two in the middle day of that series, with a 10:05 a.m. PT game on Aug. 23, followed by the regularly scheduled 4:05 p.m. nightcap.
The second postponed game will be made up Monday, Sept. 19, at 1:05 p.m. PT on what had been a mutual off-day for the two teams in the closing weeks of the season. The Mariners will now have only one off-day in September and will finish the season with 33 games in 34 days.
"It'll be a tough stretch," manager Eric Wedge. "But hopefully it'll be a meaningful stretch. If it's a meaningful stretch in August and September, being tired is not going to be an issue. So we won't have to worry about that."
The Mariners will now play at home on Sunday, Sept. 18, against Texas, travel to Cleveland on Sept. 19 and then open a three-game set in Minnesota on Sept. 20.
Both makeup games will be televised by Root Sports and carried on ESPN-710 and the Mariners radio network.
Mariners try rookie Peguero in cleanup spot
SEATTLE -- Eric Wedge's search for offensive solutions has led him to putting rookie Carlos Peguero at cleanup for the first time Wednesday as the Mariners attempted to prevent a series sweep by the Angels at Safeco Field.
The 6-foot-5, 247-pound Peguero has five home runs and 13 RBIs in 90 at-bats while hitting lower in the lineup. Despite his .222 batting average, Wedge likes the 24-year-old's pop and recent production and is ready to see what he can do in the middle of the order.
"We've got to keep searching to find something that works for us offensively," Wedge said a day after the Mariners got shut out, 4-0, by Jered Weaver. "We've got these young kids up here and they're right in the middle of it. He's a threat every time he walks up there."
Wedge spoke earlier this year of the different mentality that comes with batting fourth in a Major League lineup and stayed away from putting youngsters in that position, but now two and a half months into the season he's taking a different tack.
"I'm not going to worry about it," he said. "I'm past worrying about much of anything when it comes to what we're trying to do offensively. I'm just more focused on trying to be aggressive, not afraid to take chances and just really curious about finding out what people are capable of doing.
"When you talk about what we're capable of doing and what we are doing offensively, those are two different things. I think we need to keep working to try to find a combination that works and get these guys going. We'll find out who is going to be in the mix as we go forward."
Veteran designated hitter Jack Cust was not in the lineup for the sixth time in the past 10 games as Peguero was at DH and fellow rookie Mike Carp penciled into left field. Wedge said he wanted to give Carp a second straight day in the outfield after the youngster got a pair of hits against Weaver and made a nice sliding catch.
The one thing Wedge seems settled on his having Justin Smoak bat third as he continues to lead the team in home runs and RBIs.
"It's a different situation with Smoaker," Wedge said. "We have a pretty good idea of what Smoak is and where he is going to end up. With these [other] young kids, to me all bets are off. We can bounce them around and do what we need to do with them right now until they get further along."
Kennedy gets in work at third for Mariners
SEATTLE -- Before the Mariners took batting practice Wednesday, veteran second baseman Adam Kennedy was out taking ground balls at third base from infield coach Robby Thompson while working on throws across the infield.
The obvious implication is the Mariners wanted Kennedy to get some work in at a different position with the arrival of rookie prospect Dustin Ackley, whom the Mariners announced they will promote from Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday. With Kennedy hitting a team-high .275, certainly manager Eric Wedge will want to keep him involved after Ackley's arrival.
Third base is an obvious solution with Chone Figgins hitting just .198. Figgins has reached base safely in 10 straight games while trying to work his way out of his struggles, but Kennedy has become a fixture in the middle of Wedge's lineup and his versatility could provide some options.
"We're going to make it work," Wedge said after Wednesday's 3-1 victory. "When you talk about what we've had to do with regard to juggling the lineup and getting guys in there, we've made it work up to this point in time. We're still trying to find ourselves offensively, and we think Ackley will be part of that. We'll make sure Adam is getting his at-bats as well."
Kennedy was not in the lineup Wednesday and said he occasionally takes grounders at third on days he's not playing, so he wasn't reading anything whether the move had something to do with Ackley. Wedge said he wanted to rest the 35-year-old in combination with Thursday's off-day in order to keep him fresh.
Kennedy played 82 games at third for the A's in 2009 and eight games there last year for the Nationals.
"I wasn't that good at it before, so it's not like riding a bike," he said. "It's just trying to learn it. The throw is probably the main thing for me, just the angle. And you kind of get what you get over there. In the middle, you sort of make your own hop and field it where you want. You don't have that luxury over there. You're in a little more of a defensive mode at times."
Kennedy grew up playing shortstop, then shifted almost exclusively to second once he got into pro ball. He played a little first base in recent years as well as some limited time in the outfield.
Third base, he said, is the hardest position for him even after spending half the season there in Oakland two years ago.
"I was OK for a while, then we'd go through some spells that weren't quite as sharp," Kennedy said. "That was my first time playing third in my life. You're always going to be learning something new. But it's fun. I kind of enjoy that."