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Ackley still positive he can snap out of slump

Dustin Ackley's batting average stood at a paltry . 087 heading into Tuesday's game with Houston. But Ackley remained upbeat, taking solace...

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Dustin Ackley's batting average stood at a paltry .087 heading into Tuesday's game with Houston. But Ackley remained upbeat, taking solace in the fact that he's had some well-struck balls for which he wasn't rewarded with a hit.

"I think that first series in Oakland was a tough one, because I had hit three or four or five hard balls," he said. "I could have realistically had three or four doubles. It's one of those situations where I'm swinging the bat pretty good, and nothing's happening. So keep doing what I'm doing, and hopefully things will turn around."

That said, it's no fun lugging around a .087 average, particularly after last season's .226 average. That's far short of expectations for the No. 2 overall pick in the 2009 draft.

"Yeah, it's tough. It's tough," Ackley said. "But it's still early. I'm a three-hit game away from being over .200, or whatever that number may be. It's kind of tough to know that you're swinging a little better than your numbers show. Probably not a lot of people know that. I'll just keep going out there and keep taking good swings and see what happens."

Ackley says he remains convinced that his new batting stance is his best path to get into the proper position to hit.

Ackley has had a couple of good baserunning moments this season, including the healthy jump he got from third base Monday night to score on Franklin Gutierrez's safety squeeze.

"Any time you get on base and you have good opportunities to be aggressive, I think it's important," he said.

Another new lineup

Eric Wedge wrote up his ninth different lineup in nine games on Tuesday, with Kyle Seager getting his first day off against left-hander Erik Bedard, the former Mariner. Robert Andino got the start at third. Wedge said the lineup fluctuations are reflective of the Mariners' depth, but also a sign of modern times.

"It's just baseball," he said. "You look around the league, it's not just us. People get too caught up in it. It's not 1975 anymore."

Larry Stone: 206-464-3146 or lstone@seattletimes.com.

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