As lineup evolves, Figgins gets a rare call

As lineup evolves, Figgins gets a rare call

As lineup evolves, Figgins gets a rare call
SEATTLE -- The Mariners lineup for the Sunday's series finale against the Angels again took on a new look, with Chone Figgins getting a rare start in center field and Alex Liddi in at left field.

Manager Eric Wedge made it clear the lineup would continue to change for the foreseeable future.

"You're not going to have a consistent lineup until you know what your players are capable of doing," he said. "Because you can't do that until you know what you have. You can' t do that until they develop as Major League players.

"It takes time to do that. So throughout that process, you get into the lineup, you put the best lineup out there you feel is capable of winning a ballgame -- which is first and foremost in all of our minds, or should be -- and then you let it play out."

It was just the second start for Figgins since he was demoted to a utility role after the experiment of starting him in left and leading off was discontinued in mid-May. The veteran is hitting just .180 this season.

Meanwhile, Wedge continues to try to get Liddi playing time in left to improve his versatility. The rookie is a natural third baseman and is able to play first, as well.

"Just being more comfortable going after the ball," said Wedge, of the improvements he's seen from Liddi in the outfield. "That ball comes your way, I think his heartbeat's better. I think his head's a little bit more smooth when he runs, so the ball's not bouncing as much. I think his jumps are a little bit better."