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Changes come to the Mariners - and more on the way

Changes come to the Mariners - and more on the way
May 13, 2009 (News Tribune delivered by Newstex ) --

Don Wakamatsu promised a few changes - he doesn't have the roster to make many more - and he's delivered today.

Ronny Cedeno is the shortstop, and Yuniesky Betancourt is not.

Wladimir Balentien is the left fielder, and Endy Chavez is not.

And, before long, Rob Johnson may be starting more games at catcher than Kenji Johjima.

If Mike Sweeney's back was better, if he wasn't a health risk to play the field, he might be the first baseman in place of Russell Branyan.

The thinking is clear on all this. The status quo is changing, and if the Mariners have more talent ready on the farm, it's likely to filter up as soon as roster space becomes available.

Simply put: the Mariners staff expects maximum effort and focus, and they're not getting it.

They're not getting it in the heart of the lineup, either - so expect that to change, too.

While we await details, any suggestions?

Newstex ID: 34908294

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Added: May 14, 2009

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