Smith is not in Friday's lineup against the Cubs. With lefty John Lester on the mound for the Cubs, Smith is getting a day off to free up a spot in the lineup for a better hitter against left-handers. Nelson Cruz will play in right field with no DH in play in a National League park.
Smith remains out of the starting lineup for Tuesday's matchup with Pittsburgh, Bob Dutton of The News Tribune reports. Smith was used as a pinch-hitter in Monday's game against Toronto but has been out of the starting fold since Saturday. In his place, Franklin Gutierrez is getting the nod in left and batting second. Smith has been highly effective at the plate in July, going 16-for-52 (.308) with 11 runs and 14 RBI in 16 games.
Smith is out of the lineup Sunday against the Blue Jays. Mariners skipper Scott Servais will shield Smith from the Blue Jays' lefty hurler, J.A. Happ, enabling Norichika Aoki to claim another start. Smith could be at somewhat of an extended break; after Sunday's game, the Mariners are off Monday before kicking off a series with the Pirates on Tuesday. The Pirates are listing another lefty in Francisco Liriano as their projected starting pitcher for Tuesday, making it a good bet that Smith is out of the lineup for that contest, too.
Smith is out of the lineup Monday against the White Sox, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. The Mariners continue to protect Smith from lefties, as he is hitting just .182/.250/.273 in 24 plate appearances against southpaws this season. Monday's opposing starter Chris Sale is among the toughest lefties in the league, so it was a no-brainer to leave Smith on the bench.
Smith is not in the lineup Saturday against Houston, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Smith is getting the day off as Dan Robertson fills in for him in left field and bats leadoff. Smith is slashing .341/.383/.682 with five homers and 14 RBI in his last 12 games.
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