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Lack of a designated hitter for series in San Diego causes more lineup issues for the Mariners

SAN DIEGO — The lack of a designated hitter will remove a fair amount of power from the Mariners’ lineup for the two-game series vs. the Padres.

Even when they were playing with American League rules, manager Scott Servais had to get creative to find ways to get at-bats for Edwin Encarnacion, Jay Bruce and Daniel Vogelbach.

Bruce, who felt his left quadriceps tighten up late in Saturday’s win over the Angels, still has some lingering tightness so they won’t use him in the outfield to get him in the lineup.

Servais said they will are discussing starting Vogelbach at first base for Wednesday afternoon’s game series finale.

Vogelbach has a played a total of three innings at first base this season, but he has continued to participate in the early infield work that the team has implemented.

The Mariners’ next set of road interleague games don’t come again until June 25-27 in Milwaukee.

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