Mariners lineup: Mallex Smith makes leadoff debut in Game 2 vs Red Sox

Mar 29, 2019, 3:36 PM
Mallex Smith tripled in his first regular season game with the Mariners. (Getty)...
Mallex Smith tripled in his first regular season game with the Mariners. (Getty)

The Seattle Mariners are going with what may be their customary lineup during the 2019 season for Game 2 against the Boston Red Sox.

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While Mitch Haniger was in the leadoff spot in Thursday’s home opener as the M’s stacked their lineup with right-handers against Boston southpaw Chris Sale, the lefty-swinging Mallex Smith will see his first action as Seattle’s No. 1 hitter with Boston starting righty Nathan Eovaldi on Friday.

Smith, who missed the Mariners’ first two games of the season while he worked his way back from an arm injury, went 1 for 5 in his Seattle debut Thursday, hitting a triple and scoring a run in a four-run third inning.

With Smith atop the lineup, Haniger is bumped down to the second spot and Domingo Santana, who had one of Seattle’s five homers on Thursday, will hit third.

Tim Beckham, the Major League leader with three home runs, will hit sixth again for the M’s.

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On the mound will be Yusei Kikuchi, who will make his first start at T-Mobile Park.

Coverage of the game begins at 6 p.m. with the pregame show on 710 ESPN Seattle, followed by first pitch at 7:10.

Mariners (3-0)

Mallex Smith, CF
Mitch Haniger, RF
Domingo Santana, LF
Jay Bruce, 1B
Edwin EncarnaciĂłn, DH
Tim Beckham, SS
Omar Narváez, C
Ryon Healy, 3B
Dee Gordon, 2B

Yusei Kikuchi, LHP

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