Mariners' Shed Long: Homers, plays outfield in win
Long started in left field in a win over the Twins on Wednesday and went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run, a walk and two runs.
Long's three-run blast in the eighth inning extended the Mariners' lead to 6-1 at the time and served as his second career round tripper. The rookie was also credited with an assist at second base from left field, which he was playing for the first time at the big-league level Wednesday. The position shift was part of manager Scott Servais' attempt to continue affording Long reps against big-league arms despite Dee Gordon's recent return from a wrist injury, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. However, J.P. Crawford's expected return Friday from an ankle injury could force Long back down to Triple-A Tacoma for the time being.
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