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Adam Kennedy is the Mariners’ designated hitter and batting cleanup tonight (seriously)

Adam Kennedy

Seattle Mariners’ Adam Kennedy flings his bat after striking out to San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum during the third inning of a spring training baseball game in Scottsdale, Ariz., Sunday, March 6, 2011. San Francisco won 6-1. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)


Last season the Mariners ranked dead last in baseball with 513 runs, which was 74 runs fewer than the 29th-ranked Pirates and a historically inept total.

They’ve been slightly better so far this year, ranking 24th in scoring, but their lineup for tonight’s game against the Royals might be more embarrassing than anything that happened last year because of this:

Adam Kennedy is starting at designated hitter and batting cleanup.

Yes, the same 35-year-old Adam Kennedy who batted .249 with a .327 slugging percentage in 135 games for the Nationals last season, has hit .266 with a .361 slugging percentage during the past five years, and has never cracked 15 homers or a .450 slugging percentage in his 13-season career.

He’s starting at DH. And batting cleanup. For an MLB team. In mid-April. Gonna be another long season in Seattle.