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04/10/11 8:42 PM ET

Wedge OK with Bradley's ear plugs

SEATTLE -- Mariners manager Eric Wedge said he didn't know why outfielder Milton Bradley came in from left field to talk to the third-base umpire with two out in Saturday's seventh inning -- and he didn't seem to care.

"No, no," Wedge said. "We've got enough other things going on now, you know?"

Wedge also said he noticed that Bradley came to the plate in the eighth inning wearing ear plugs but didn't think that was particularly unusual, either.

"That's OK, too," Wedge said. "That's all right. Whatever works, man. I think every now and again, all of us would like to put some ear plugs in, regardless of job you're doing. But that's OK. "

Wedge added that he's come across several players who liked to hit wearing ear plugs.

"More people than you'd suspect," he said. "It's just part of their routine. I won't mention names."

Wedge: 'Wilson game on,' but not starting

SEATTLE -- Jack Wilson got what appeared to be a vote of confidence from Mariners manager Eric Wedge on Sunday morning, but he still didn't get a spot in the starting lineup.

The second baseman sat for the third straight game following his much-publicized self-removal from Wednesday's contest in Texas following a two-error inning, but Wedge, who called Wilson's actions "unspeakable" on Friday, said Wilson would be back on the field soon. Adam Kennedy once again started at second base in Wilson's place, and Luis Rodriguez started at shortstop in place of Brendan Ryan, who was given an off-day.

"He's game on as of right now," Wedge said of Wilson. "Not in the lineup, but he's game on right now." Wedge said he and Wilson had spoken again to clear the air on the subject and that it had been smoothed over to his satisfaction.

"He went out and did some early work with Luis and Adam, so we're through all that and ready to move on," Wedge said. "I don't hold grudges. Never have, never will. I don't believe in it."

Wedge also said he considered using Wilson as a late-inning defensive replacement in Saturday night's loss to Cleveland, but that was a choice he ended up not having to make.

"It depended on how I twisted it around," Wedge said. "Jack's our second baseman. ... Brendan Ryan was one of the best shortstops in the National League and he's doing a good job this year. Jack was doing a great job at second base. Jack's going to be back out there."

Kennedy takes hacks in No. 3 spot

SEATTLE -- Second baseman Adam Kennedy said he couldn't remember the last time he hit third in a Major League lineup, but assumed it occurred at some point in his tenure with the Angels, when manager Mike Scioscia and bench coach Joe Maddon would occasionally defy convention with batting orders.

Kennedy woke up Sunday morning to find his name in the No. 3 hole for the Mariners and said he wouldn't try to do anything different. Kennedy entered Sunday's game hitting .333.

"It's nice when the manager has confidence in you to throw you in that spot, and you know it's going to be a spot where some production is likely going to be needed in a game to win," Kennedy said. "Hopefully I'll be able to do the job."

Mariners manager Eric Wedge said Kennedy was the best man for the job on a day in which outfielder Milton Bradley was getting a scheduled rest day.

"It's a good day to mix things up," Wedge said. "[Kennedy is a] veteran guy, he's been swinging the bat well. You don't really have a surefire choice, but you want somebody that can go in there and handle it, not get in the way mentally. He's definitely that guy. He's strong upstairs. And he's been swinging the bat well."

Kennedy was asked if Wedge possibly made the decision because he recently watched video of Kennedy hitting three home runs in Game 5 of the 2002 American League Championship Series, and he laughed.

"Probably not," he said. "I don't think they have a beta tape around here."

Ryan, Bradley rest in series finale

SEATTLE -- Shortstop Brendan Ryan and left fielder Milton Bradley were not in Sunday's starting lineup, and manager Eric Wedge said it was part of a plan to rest regulars from time to time throughout the season. Also, catcher Chris Gimenez made his first start in a Mariners uniform.

"With [catcher Miguel] Olivo, we're still being careful with him early on, we're going to start giving some of these other guys some off days," Wedge said, citing the advantages of having a day game after a night game with Monday's game scheduled for evening play. "It's good for these guys to watch a big league baseball game, too. It's good for you mentally."

Wedge said it was a good time to sit Ryan, who went 0-for-3 in Saturday's loss to Cleveland and is batting .143 (3-for-21) to begin the season.

"He's a pretty intense guy," Wedge said. "I think every now and again just to back him off is a good thing. I love his energy. I love his passion. He's a great teammate, he's hard-nosed, he's a good worker, so there's a lot to like there. But he's still working to find the player he's going to be at this level."

Worth noting

Michael Saunders drove in his team-leading fifth run of the season with a solo home run in the seventh inning in Sunday's 6-4 loss to the Indians. Saunders has driven in a run in each of the first five games he has appeared in this season, tying him for the longest streak in club history to start a season with John Olerud (2001). Saunders' run is the longest current active streak and is tied with the Mets' Ike Davis for the second-longest streak to start the season (White Sox slugger Paul Konerko had a seven-game streak). ... First baseman Justin Smoak went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored on Saturday to extend his Safeco Field hitting streak to nine games dating to July 25, 2010 vs. Boston. ... When Ryan Langerhans drew four walks in Friday's game, it was the most walks in a game by a Mariner since Edgar Martinez had five walks in an 18-inning game on June 24, 2004 at Texas. It was the most walks by a Mariner in a nine-inning game since John Mabry also had four on July 22, 2003 at Minnesota.

Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB and read his MLBlog, Youneverknow. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.