Mariners lineup: Heredia, Motter get the nod vs Houston LHP Keuchel

Apr 16, 2018, 3:19 PM
Guillermo Heredia (career .289 average against lefties) is in the Mariners' lineup Monday. (AP)...
Guillermo Heredia (career .289 average against lefties) is in the Mariners' lineup Monday. (AP)

The Mariners have two extra right-handed hitters in the lineup to start their four-game series against the Astros at 7:10 p.m. Monday night on 710 ESPN Seattle.

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Guillermo Heredia, who owns a .289 average and .747 career on-base plus slugging percentage against lefty pitching, will be in left field with Houston starting southpaw Dallas Keuchel. Taylor Motter, another right-handed hitter, will be at first base for Seattle.

David Freitas will do the catching with Mike Zunino still at least a few days away from returning from the disabled list.

The Mariners will turn to a lefty of their own to pitch: James Paxton, who tied a career-high with 10 strikeouts over six innings in his last outing.

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Mariners-Astros coverage begins at 6 p.m. on 710 ESPN Seattle with the pregame show.

Here is Seattle’s full lineup:

Mariners (8-5)

Dee Gordon, CF
Jean Segura, SS
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nelson Cruz, DH
Kyle Seager, 3B
Mitch Haniger, RF
Guillermo Heredia, LF
Taylor Motter, 1B
David Freitas, C

James Paxton, LHP

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