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Seattle Times Mar 22, 2015
Mariners’ Dustin Ackley continues to get more comfortable in left field

Mariners’ Dustin Ackley continues to get more comfortable in left field

Now going through his second spring training in the outfield, Ackley is beginning to feel like a veteran

Mariners notebook: McClendon says he won’t institute platoons in spring games

PEORIA, Ariz. — Don’t look for Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon to implement his projected platoons in left field and right field for spring games — i.e., Dustin Ackley (for example) will seeing playing time against left-handed pitchers. “It’s not going to be a factor for me this spring,” McClendon said. “I want them to see both because there may be times when they’re forced to see them in action in games. “I won’t limit them, exclusively, to just left-handed or right-handed.” McClendon previously indicated he intends to use Ackley and converted second baseman Rickie...
Tacoma News-Tribune Mar 4, 2015

Ackley’s spring goal: Figure out how to avoid another early-season slump

McClendon planning extra spring at-bats for Ackley in Cactus League games…
Ackley’s spring goal: Figure out how to avoid another early-season slump

Ackley’s spring goal: Figure out how to avoid another early-season slump

PEORIA, Ariz. — The spring push accelerates Wednesday for the Mariners when they open their Cactus League schedule against complex co-tenant San Diego at Peoria Stadium. That goes double for left fielder Dustin Ackley. Manager Lloyd McClendon is promising heavy duty for Ackley in an effort to wean him away from his dreadful starts over the last two seasons. “When he’s in there,” McClendon vowed, “he’ll play. I think that’s the way to do it. When he plays, he’s going to play. Just give him as many at-bats as we possibly can.” In short, don’t be surprised if Ackley leads...
Lookout Landing Mar 2, 2015

Dustin Ackley slated for left field platoon with Rickie Weeks

For the first time in a long time, the Mariners aren't banking on Dustin Ackley living up to his potential. When Dustin Ackley was called up, I literally skipped across the street. And I mean that in the way "literally" is supposed to be used, not the B.S. second definition that means the opposite of its original interpretation. Dustin Ackley was called up from Tacoma, and I bound across a street like an idiot. I remember exactly where I was. The Mariners had just beat the Angels on a cool Wednesday night, and I was walking from the ballpark to the office to pick up a few things. At the...
McClendon planning (just say it) platoon approach in left field, right field

McClendon planning (just say it) platoon approach in left field, right field

PEORIA, Ariz. — Start with this: Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon has an aversion to the word “platoon,” primarily because, he believes, the term is generally viewed in absolute terms. Even so, he acknowledged plans Monday to start the season with what amounts to a pair of de facto platoons in the outfield: Dustin Ackley and Rickie Weeks in left field; and Seth Smith and Justin Ruggiano in right. “Now, having said that,” McClendon stressed, “if there’s a favorable match-up — whether it’s left or right — where a guy hits (an opposing pitcher) really well, you’ve got to...

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