Mariners lineup: Taylor Motter at 1B; Mitch Haniger still on rehab

Jun 10, 2017, 3:04 PM | Updated: 4:08 pm
Danny Valencia has the night off, opening the door for Taylor Motter to play first base. (AP)...
Danny Valencia has the night off, opening the door for Taylor Motter to play first base. (AP)

Taylor Motter will play first base while Danny Valencia has the day off for the Mariners in the second game of their series with the Toronto Blue Jays, set for 7:10 on 710 ESPN Seattle.

Valencia was on a tear offensively early in the week, but he has cooled off in recent games, going 1 for 11 over the past three days. However, manager Scott Servais said the plan has been in place for a while to give him a chance to rest a wrist injury that kept him out of a few games in late May.

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Seattle will not activate right fielder Mitch Haniger from the disabled list before Saturday’s game, as he is in the lineup for Triple-A Tacoma in what would be his fifth rehab game with the Rainiers. Haniger, who is recovering from an oblique strain suffered in late April, homered on Friday night for Tacoma. Servais said that Haniger will not play a full game Saturday with Tacoma, making it likely he will be back on Seattle’s active roster for Sunday’s finale with Toronto.

The Mariners also made a roster move Saturday afternoon, recalling right-handed pitcher Emilio Pagan from Tacoma and optioning Tyler Cloyd to the Rainiers. Cloyd earned the win Friday in an inning of relief, his first appearance in a Mariners uniform. Servais said the move was to keep a fresh arm in Seattle’s bullpen, as the 30-year-old Cloyd is coming off Tommy John surgery and wouldn’t be available to pitch Saturday. Pagan, 26, is returning to the Mariners for his third stint this season with the team. He threw four scoreless frames in his last appearance for Seattle on May 23 at Washington.

The Blue Jays will start hard-throwing right-hander Marcus Stroman on the mound Saturday, while lefty Ariel Miranda will throw for Seattle in his first appearance since tossing a complete game on June 4.

Mariners (31-31)

Ben Gamel, RF
Guillermo Heredia, LF
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nelson Cruz, DH
Kyle Seager, 3B
Taylor Motter, 1B
Jarrod Dyson, CF
Carlos Ruiz, C
Tyler Smith, SS

Ariel Miranda, LHP

Blue Jays (29-32)

Kevin Pillar, CF
Josh Donaldson, 3B
Jose Bautista, RF
Kendrys Morales, DH
Justin Smoak, 1B
Troy Tulowitzki, SS
Russell Martin, C
Darwin Barney, 2B
Ezequiel Carrera, LF

Marcus Stroman, RHP

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