Dustin Ackley Batting 7th For Seattle Mariners Friday Night

The Seattle Mariners recalled Dustin Ackley on Wednesday evening. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2009 MLB Draft will make his major league debut on Friday night.

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Dustin Ackley In Seattle Mariners Lineup On Friday Night

Dustin Ackley will make his major league debut with the Seattle Mariners, and will do so from the bottom-third of the order. Manager Eric Wedge just released his lineup and Ackley will get the start at 2B in the first game since he was activated to the Mariners roster following his stint with the Tacoma Rainiers. Understandably, there's been a significant amount of hype about Ackley's debut, with fans expecting big things from the No. 2 pick in the 2009 MLB Draft.

Here is Friday night's lineup, courtesy of Greg Johns. The Mariners battle the Philadelphia Phillies just after 7 p.m. on Friday night.

Mariners lineup: Ichiro RF, Ryan SS, Kennedy DH, SMoak 1B, Peguero LF, Olivo C, Ackley 2B, Figgins 3B, Gutierrez CF.

It's an interesting lineup, with Ackley "protected" by Chone Figgins and Franklin Gutierrez bringing up the rear. The common school of thought is that Ackley may end-up as the No. 2 hitter at some point, but Friday night appears to be a chance to ease him into the lineup. After all, the Mariners are facing the best rotation in baseball and expectations are high for Ackley.

For more on the Mariners, head over to SB Nation's Lookout Landing.

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Dustin Ackley Joining Seattle Mariners On Friday For Major League Debut

Dustin Ackley is a Seattle Mariner. At long last, with fans clamoring for his arrival with the major league team, the Mariners made the decision to call-up Ackley for Friday's series-opener against the Philadelphia Phillies at Safeco Field. Ackley has been building a buzz since the Mariners made him the second overall pick in the 2009 MLB Draft, and it hit a boiling point as the he tore up Triple-A with the Tacoma Rainiers over the last month and a half.

The announcement came immediately following the Mariners 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night. Ackley is headed straight into the fire as the Phillies and their tough rotation comes to town, but don't expect the Mariners to ease him in.

The expectation is that Ackley will move immediately into the lineup at second, hopefully providing a boost to an offense that went 19 scoreless innings before finally getting two on the board in the seventh inning Wednesday, which proved just enough to salvage the finale of a three-game series against the Angels in front of 19,321 at Safeco Field.

It would appear Jack Wilson will be the odd man out as Ackley is poised to earn starter's playing time with the Mariners immediately. Ackley started the season slow, but has pushed his average to .300 while hitting nine home runs and driving in 34 runs in Tacoma this season.

Be excited, Mariners fans. Ackley is the real deal, and should provide a lift for a Mariners lineup that still desperately needs one.

For more on Ackley and the Mariners, head over to SB Nation's Lookout Landing.

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