Mariners keep manager Eric Wedge and entire coaching staff

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Eric Wedge went 67-95 in his first season as Seattle’s manager, but the Mariners announced last night that he’ll be back in 2012 along with his entire coaching staff.

In a statement released to the media general manager Jack Zduriencik called them “a group of hard-working professionals.”

Greg Johns of MLB.com notes that this is the first offseason since 2001/2002 that the Mariners haven’t made at least one change on the coaching staff. That was Lou Piniella’s final season as manager and since then they’ve gone through eight different skippers.

Constant turnover hasn’t done the Mariners much good, but another 90-loss season next year would put Wedge and Zduriencik on the hot seat together.

ALCS Game 3 lineups announced: Jose Altuve will DH, Rafael Devers sits

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As expected, Jose Altuve will serve as the designated hitter for Game 3 of the ALCS against the Red Sox this afternoon.

Altuve has been bothered by a right knee injury, so A.J. Hinch has chosen to give his legs a bit of a breather. In his place at the keystone will be Marwin Gonzalez, putting Tony Kemp in left field. Brian McCann is behind the plate.

For Boston, a lefty on the mound means that Rafael Devers will sit in favor of Eduardo Nunez at third base while Christian Vazquez will do the catching.

Red Sox

1. Mookie Betts (R) RF
2. Andrew Benintendi (L) LF
3. J.D. Martinez (R) DH
4. Xander Bogaerts (R)  SS
5. Steve Pearce (R) 1B
6. Eduard Nunez (R) 3B
7. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B
8. Christian Vazquez (R) C
9. Jackie Bradley Jr. (L)  CF

Astros

1. George Springer (R) CF
2. Jose Altuve (R) DH
3. Alex Bregman (R) 3B
4. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B
5. Marwin Gonzalez (S) 2B
6. Josh Reddick (L) RF
7. Carlos Correa (R) SS
8. Brian McCann (L) C
9. Tony Kemp (L) LF