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13 Dustin Ackley LF
Height/Weight: 6-1/205 | Birthdate: 2/26/1988 | Birthplace: Winston-Salem, NC | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Seattle | College: North Carolina | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $1,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 8/3 | Average Draft Position: 259.57
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Dustin Ackley replaces Austin Jackson in Mariners' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2015) Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game. 

Jackson had started the last four games and eight of the last nine. He'll be replaced in the lineup by Dustin Ackley, who starts in center for the first time since June 5. 


Mariners OF Dustin Ackley hits fifth home run of season Tuesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2015) Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley hit a two-run shot off Jeremy Guthrie in the fifth inning to help send the Mariners to a 7-0 win over the Royals on Tuesday.

It was his fifth home run this season. Ackley finished the game 3 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBI.

Prior to Tuesday's win, Ackley was hitting .083 with no home runs or RBI in his last 10 games.


Mariners' Mark Trumbo scratched, Dustin Ackley replaces


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2015) Mariners outfielder Mark Trumbo has been scratched from Sunday's lineup due to back spasms, according to MLB.com

"It started to feel progressively better as the day has gone on," he said, per The Seattle Times. "It's still not great though. It was a lot better than it was a couple years ago."

Taking his spot in the lineup and in left field will be Dustin Ackley. Ackley is hitting .194 with 11 RBI this season. 

Since being traded to the Mariners from the Diamondbacks on June 3, Trumbo has hit just .162 with one RBI. He'd started the previous nine games with Seattle. Trumbo has struck out 13 times in his 37 Mariners' at-bats. 

"As soon as I can get the muscle to relax and I think it will be fine," he said. "Hopefully, it will get better to where I will be able to contribute [Monday]."


Mariners' Seth Smith starts in left for Dustin Ackley


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2015) Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley is not in the team's starting lineup for Saturday's game.

In his place, Seth Smith will make his 16th start in left and first in four games. He'll bat leadoff for the team. 


Mariners CF Austin Jackson gets a breather on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/5/2015) Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Rays. Jackson had started each of the last 10 games since returning from the disabled list due to an ankle injury. He collected 14 hits in 45 at-bats in that stretch.

There haven't been any reports about a flare-up of the injury, so it appears to just be a day of rest for Jackson. Dustin Ackley will get the start in center field and bat ninth on Friday.


Mariners' Dustin Ackley smacks fourth homer Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley went 1 for 4 with a two-run home run in his team's 5-3 loss to the Indians on Thursday.

Ackley connected on a sixth-inning home run to cut his team's deficit to two runs, but it was as close as the Mariners would come to a comeback. It was Ackley's first homer since April 13.

Ackley, who is just 2 for 18 since May 16, has hit .182/.220/.327 with four home runs and nine RBI in 110 at-bats.


Mariners give SS Chris Taylor a rest on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/27/2015) After starting eight games in a row, Mariners shortstop Chris Taylor will get the day off on Wednesday, as he is being held out of the lineup versus the Rays. In those eight games, the young Taylor has just six hits in 28 at-bats. So manager Lloyd McClendon has decided to give him a rest and clear his head a little.

Brad Miller will get the start at shortstop with Dustin Ackley entering the lineup in left field for the afternoon affair. 


Mariners make wholesale changes to spark lineup


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/20/2015) The slumping Mariners juggled their lineup for Wednesday's game against the Orioles, hoping to find a spark for a team that hasn't lived up to expectations. 

Willie Bloomquist returns to the starting lineup for the first time in 11 games, hitting second and playing left field, while Justin Ruggiano and Rickie Weeks also draw rare starts in center and DH, respectively. 

Those moves bump Dustin Ackley and Brad Miller out of the lineup. Ackley has seen his average plummet to .186 this season. Miller has been one of the hottest Seattle hitters, but went 0-for-4 Tuesday to snap a six-game hitting streak. 


Justin Ruggiano in, Dustin Ackley out of Mariners lineup Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) The continued struggles of Dustin Ackley has Justin Ruggiano receiving a rare start Friday night for the Mariners against visiting Boston.

Ruggiano hasn't started since May 6, but he has two hits in his last three at-bats, including a home run in his lone at-bat Tuesday.

Ackley, who is out of the lineup, owns a .191/.213/.326 slash line.


Seth Smith starts in LF, Dustin Ackley moves over to CF for Mariners


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/8/2015) Seth Smith will leadoff and make his second start of the year in left field for the Mariners on Friday against the Athletics, while Dustin Ackley will hit eighth and move over from left and make his second start in centerfield.

Shortstop Brad Miller, who lost his starting job when Chris Taylor was called up last week, will serve as the team’s designated hitter and bat second.


With centerfielder Austin Jackson on the disabled list, the Mariners continue to shuffle their outfield lineup.


Mariners' Jackson, Ackley, Morrison not in lineup Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Mariners first baseman Logan Morrison and outfielders Austin Jackson and Dustin Ackley are not in the starting lineup for Monday's matchup with the Rangers.

The Mariners are slotting Justin Ruggiano in the leadoff slot and starting him in center field. It's the 19th time he's acted as his team's leadoff hitter, and he's posted a .177/.261/.380 line with four home runs and four stolen bases in 79 at-bats while in the No. 1 slot.

Rickie Weeks is getting the start in left field and batting sixth Monday, while Willie Bloomquist is playing first base and batting eighth.

The game is a dead heat in Las Vegas, with both teams having the same odds (-105).


Seth Smith leading off for Mariners on Wednesday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) The Mariners are going with Seth Smith at leadoff for Wednesday night's game against the Astros. 

Smith will serve as Seattle's designated hitter for this game with Nelson Cruz playing right field. Dustin Ackley, who hit leadoff on Tuesday, is playing in left field and is batting seventh. First baseman Logan Morrison is hitting sixth. 


Mariners transpose Ackley, Jackson in batting order Tuesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) The Mariners have flip-flopped the first two hitters in their lineup for the Tuesday night game against visiting Houston. Dustin Ackley is set to lead off for just the second time this season with Austin Jackson batting second.

Perhaps the shakeup will benefit Ackley, who has slowed down following a quick start. He is 2-for-18 after beginning the season on a five-game hitting streak.


Mike Zunino, Brad Miller, Dustin Ackley out of Mariners' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) The Mariners will be without three regulars in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against Texas. 

Catcher Mike Zunino, shortstop Brad Miller and left fielder Dustin Ackley are all out of the lineup, getting rest. 

Jesus Sucre gets the start at catcher, just his second appearance of the season. He'll hit ninth in the order. 

Willie Bloomquist gets his fourth appearance of the year, starting at short and batting seventh. Justin Ruggiano will play left and bat sixth. 


M's move Dustin Ackley to second spot in lineup, Seth Smith to sixth


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/18/2015) The Mariners have shuffled their lineup slightly for Saturday’s game against the Rangers as left fielder Dustin Ackley will move up to the second spot for the second time this season while right fielder Seth Smith drops to sixth for the first time this year.

Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson out of the lineup Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson will get the day off Monday, as Seattle will move Dustin Ackley to center and bat him lead off, the team announced.

Jackson started the first six games of the season in center for Seattle and hit .231 with a double in 28 plate appearances. Ackley is hitting .235 with 12 home runs in 484 plate appearances while batting lead off in his career.

The Dodgers are currently the favorites (-123) over the Mariners Monday.


Dustin Ackley homers in Mariners' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley homered to lead off the third inning for the first run of a 5-4 victory over the A's. 

Ackley hit a 1-2 pitch to right center, breaking up A's starter Sonny Gray's 20-inning scoreless streak. He finished one for three with a walk, improving his average to .300 on the season. 


Mariners adjust lineup for A's LHP Drew Pomeranz


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon is going with six right-handed hitters against the Athletics Friday night, according to MLB.com. 

With Athletics southpaw Drew Pomeranz on the mound, McClendon is giving Dustin Ackley and shortstop Brad Miller some rest. Both are left-handed hitters and McClendon has opted for outfielder Justin Ruggiano and shortstop Willie Bloomquist instead. 

Ruggiano is hitting sixth and Bloomquist ninth. The only left-handed hitters in the lineup are Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager and Logan Morrison. 


Mariners' Dustin Ackley to get a lot of playing time this spring


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley will get a ton of playing time this spring, according to MLB.com.

Manager Lloyd McClendon said he wants Ackley to get off to a strong start, and will give the outfielder a lot of at-bats in March. Ackley seemed happy with the arrangement. "I think that's good," Ackley said. "The more at-bats you get, the better your timing gets and the more comfortable you feel. I think everybody wants to get at-bats and get ready."

Ackley had a tough first half of the season in 2014, but seemed to come on strong late. He stressed that being strong mentally should help in 2015. "I just need to stay consistent and don't start pressing if I don't get a hit for a couple games or don't do this or that," he said. "It's not being result-oriented and just going out there and playing and trusting in my swing and my mental standpoint."

The 27-year-old hit .245/.293/.398 over 502 at-bats last year. He's expected to open the season in a platoon role with Rickie Weeks. 


Mariners to platoon Rickie Weeks and Dustin Ackley


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) The Mariners plan on using a platoon in left field this season, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Manager Lloyd McClendon confirmed the news, saying Rickie Weeks would mostly play left field this season. While that means Dustin Ackley's playing time will be reduced, McClendon said the club wasn't trying to send a message when it signed Weeks. "We’re trying to get better, and Rickie Weeks is a good player that can help us win ballgames," he said. "So I think the combination of both of those guys out there should produce a very productive left field."

Weeks was used as a platoon player last season, and put up strong numbers. The 32-year-old hit .274/.357/.452 over 252 at-bats. 

Ackley, 26, hit .245/.293/.398 over 502 at-bats. 


Mariners OF Dustin Ackley remains on course with ankle rehab


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley visited an ankle specialist in the offseason, but was told to stay on the same offseason recovery program, reports the Tacoma News Tribune.

My plan is to play the hell out of him in spring training," said McClendon on getting Ackley over his slow starts, per 710 AM ESPN Radio in Seattle. "Either he'll get tired or I will."

Ackley was limited to 143 games last season due to bone spurs in his left ankle. He hit .245/.293/.398 with 14 homers and 65 RBI over 502 at-bats last season.


Report: Mariners, Austin Jackson agree to $7.7-million deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Mariners have avoided arbitration with outfielder Austin Jackson by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $7.7 million, the Seattle Times reports.

The team was able to avoid arbitration with five players in all Friday by agreeing to the terms of one-year contracts for each player. First basman Logan Morrison is scheduled to make $2.725 million with incentives for reaching 500 and 600 plate appearances. Outfielder Dustin Ackley will take in $2.6 million as well as another $50,000 bonus for reaching 500 plate appearances.

Outfielder Justin Ruggiano, who was acquired from the Cubs earlier this offseason, will make $2.5 million and can earn another $20,000 if he reaches 375 plate appearances. Pitcher Charlie Furbush will earn $1.3 million.


Mariners avoid arbitration with five players


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Mariners reached agreements with five players Friday, avoiding arbitration with reliever Charlie Furbush, first baseman Logan Morrison and outfielders Dustin Ackley, Austin Jackson and Justin Ruggiano, according to The New Tribune.

Mariners tender six arbitration-eligible players before deadline


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Mariners tendered contracts to six arbitration-eligible players prior to Tuesday's deadline, according to the Tacoma News Tribune. Those players include: first baseman Logan Morrison, outfielders Dustin Ackley, Austin Jackson and Michael Saunders, and relievers Charlie Furbush and Tom Wilhelmsen.

Mariners' Dustin Ackley to undergo further evaluation for ankle issue


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley is expected to visit with a specialist to determine a course of action he might take to deal with a nagging left ankle injury, according to MLB.com.