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Kyle Seager Starting At Third Base, Batting Seventh On Thursday

As expected, Kyle Seager will get the start on Thursday as the Seattle Mariners face the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Seager will take the field at third, joining a young infield that includes UNC teammate Dustin Ackley and Justin Smoak. Like Ackley, Seager will make his debut at the No. 7 spot in the lineup.

The lineup was reported by Neil Stover on Twitter.

Ooh I'm gonna win the race: Ichiro, Ryan, Kennedy 1B, Smoak DH, Ackley, Olivo, Seager, Guti, Peguero, Fister P

There's no easing Seager into the big leagues and he'll make his debut on the road against Jared Weaver in a critical series for the Mariners. The hope is that Seager will provide the mariners with a quick bit of instant offense -- before the call-up, he was hitting .455 for the Tacoma Rainiers in AAA.

710 ESPN's Shannon Drayer added an interesting tidbit about Seager and the first time he got a taste of big-league ball. Two years ago, shortly after he was drafted, Seager visited with Mike Sweeney, who told a group of Mariners prospects they'd be up sooner rather than later.

Seager remembers being here in 09 in a ball. Pineda Peguero also on team. M Sweeney told them they would be up before they knew it. He was right. Mike Sweeney here now for a visit. Looks great.

The Mariners and Angels take the field at 7:05 p.m. on ROOT Sports. For more on the game, head over to SB Nation's Lookout LandingLookout Landing. For more on Kyle Seager's promotion, stay with this StoryStream.