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Rotowire: Apr 7 / 3:39p ET
News: Ruggiano will get the start in left field Tuesday.
Impact: This is expected to be a regular occurrence when a lefty is on the mound and Tuesday it happens to be a mediocre lefty in C.J. Wilson, making Ruggiano an interesting play in daily leagues.
Rotowire: Mar 20 / 11:17a ET
News: Ruggiano is slated to platoon with left-handed Seth Smith in right field, but he could pick up at-bats against right-handers in left field and center field, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: The Mariners trust Ruggiano to play all three outfield spots and likely will be used to give Dustin Ackley, in right, and Austin Jackson, in center, time off. Ruggiano is better against lefties (.846 OPS last season), but he holds his own against right-handed pitchers (.786).
Rotowire: Feb 7 / 11:34a ET
News: Ruggiano and platoon mate Seth Smith are tentatively penciled in as the Mariners' No. 2 hitters this season, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: If the career norms hold up, the Mariners should get steady production from their duo in right field. Last season, Ruggiano had a .337 OBP over 81 games for the Cubs, which should enable him to rack up a decent number of runs scored for a player on the small side of a split with the likes of Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz, and Kyle Seager behind him in the order if manager Lloyd McClendon's current plans hold up.