BRENT STECKER

Mariners lineup: Dee Gordon’s move back to 2B official; Nelson Cruz returns

May 18, 2018, 3:01 PM
Dee Gordon is moving back to second base for the Mariners in Robinson Canó's absence. (AP)...
Dee Gordon is moving back to second base for the Mariners in Robinson Canó's absence. (AP)
(AP)

The Dee Gordon experiment in center field is offically on hiatus.

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Gordon will start at second base for the first time as a member of the Mariners in Friday’s game against the Detroit Tigers at 7:10 p.m. on 710 ESPN Seattle.

A Gold Glove winner at second base, Gordon came to the Mariners over the offseason in a trade to play center field despite having never played the outfield as a professional. He now steps back into his natural position three days after Robinson Canó was suspended for 80 games.

Gordon will continue to be Seattle’s primary leadoff hitter.

Nelson Cruz is also back in the lineup after missing two games due to a foot contusion suffered when he was hit by a pitch Tuesday.

On the mound Friday, it will be a rematch of the second game of a doubleheader last Saturday between the Mariners’ Félix Hernández and Detroit’s Michael Fulmer.
Coverage begins on 710 ESPN Seattle with the pregame show on 6 p.m.

Here is the Mariners’ full lineup:

Mariners (24-19)

Dee Gordon, 2B
Jean Segura, SS
Mitch Haniger, RF
Nelson Cruz, DH
Kyle Seager, 3B
Ryon Healy, 1B
Ben Gamel, LF
Mike Zunino, C
Guillermo Heredia, CF

Félix Hernández, RHP

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