Alonso went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Wednesday's 7-6 win over the Orioles. It was his 23rd homer of the year but first in eight games since joining the Mariners. Alonso is hitting just .242 (22-for-91) since the All-Star break with three home runs in 29 games, but he's showing signs of heating up again now that he's getting comfortable in his new uniform.
Alonso will start on the bench during Tuesday's game against Baltimore, Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune reports. Alonso is just one of three left-handed hitters getting the night off against Wade Miley as manager Scott Servais tries to pack the lineup with as many right-handed hitters as possible. At first base will be Danny Valencia, batting fifth.
Alonso went 2-for-5 in Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Angels. The recent trade acquisition has been scuffling at the plate since arriving earlier in the week from the Athletics, but perhaps Saturday's multi-hit effort, his first since July 30, will jump-start his Seattle tenure. Alonso is just 3-for-19 overall since donning a Mariners uniform yet brings substantial power upside to an already impressive lineup. He's part of a platoon with fellow veteran Danny Valencia at first base and could certainly benefit from continuing to be deployed out of the two hole, as he has been in each of his first four starts in his new digs.
Alonso is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the A's, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Alonso will head to the bench for a breather with southpaw Tyler Skaggs toeing the rubber for the Angels. Danny Valencia will take over at first base for the contest as the two are expected to operate in a platoon moving forward.
Alonso is starting at first base and batting second Tuesday against the A's. Alonso is set to face his old team in his first start for the Mariners after being added to the active roster earlier in the day. The 30-year-old, who owns a .266/.369/.527 slash line in 100 games this season, is expected to operate on the larger side of a platoon with Danny Valencia moving forward.
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