Mariners giving rookie Ramirez start on Tuesday

Mariners giving rookie Ramirez start on Tuesday

Mariners giving rookie Ramirez start on Tuesday
SEATTLE -- As expected, the Mariners' rotation during the final three weeks of the season will take on a slightly different look. Rookie Erasmo Ramirez is now slated to start on Tuesday in Toronto, and Hector Noesi will also get a nod at some point.

Manager Eric Wedge had expressed the intention earlier in the week to give Ramirez and Noesi -- who were recalled from Triple-A Tacoma when rosters expanded after Sept. 1 -- starts before the end of the season.

"I'm excited about it. I like to be a starter," Ramirez said. "I am with the relievers, but I'm on the Mariners. I just like everything. They want me as reliever, I go to relief. I like starting, so all I have to do is do my work. Just go and throw strikes, be smart, throw strikes and mix my pitches."

That, of course, means alterations have to be made to the current rotation, which consists of Felix Hernandez, Jason Vargas, Hisashi Iwakuma, Blake Beavan and Kevin Millwood.

"We're just giving guys extra days," Wedge said. "Everybody's going to keep getting their starts, but we're going to give them more time and extra days."

That won't be the case for two of the starters -- Hernandez and Vargas. The two pitchers at the front of the rotation will stay on track, pitching every five days.

Meanwhile, Iwakuma, who took a four-game win streak into Saturday's start but did not get a promise from Wedge that he would stay on track in the rotation, did get his manager's endorsement.

"I just need him to do what he's been doing, really, to be honest with you," Wedge said. "If he continues to just pitch the way he's been pitching, then you got to like what you see."