OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -Seattle infielder Yuniesky Betancourt was scratched from Sunday's starting lineup against the Athletics because of a stiff back.
``He's having trouble bending over,'' Mariners manager John McLaren said.
Willie Bloomquist, originally penciled in as the center fielder, moved to shortstop while Jason Ellison took over in center, as McLaren followed through with his plan to give All-Star outfielder Ichiro Suzuki some time off by using him as the DH.
``He's not going to have much time off the next few days,'' McLaren said. ``It's like a day off for Ichiro.''

Recent MLB Discussions

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Can Reds contain rolling Dodgers tonight? Everybody’s picking on the last-place Reds at the moment. Why not add the Dodgers’ Scott Kazmir to the group?
Thumbnail A's vs. Mariners Prediction Will tonight's AL West matchup between the A's and Mariners be a high-scoring affair at 10:10PM ET?
Thumbnail Diamondbacks vs. Pirates Total Pick Will the Pittsburgh Pirates continue to pile up the runs against the Arizona Diamondbacks when they meet tonight at 7PM...
Thumbnail Blue Jays vs. Yankees Prediction The Yankees are red-hot but can the Blue Jays end the Bombers' six-game winning streak tonight at 7:05PM ET?
Thumbnail Pirates to keep pouring it on Diamondbacks? Don’t look now, but the National League Central Division race seems poised to get a lot more interesting.
More inMLB Articles  

MLB Team Pages