When Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge filled out a lineup card with Michael Morse starting at first base, he promised it wasn't part of a roster overhaul.
''We just want to be as versatile as we can,'' Wedge said.
Morse, who figures to be Seattle's starting left fielder, didn't seem to mind the position change Sunday. He hit his third home run of the spring, though Seattle lost 11-7 to a split squad of Chicago White Sox.
When asked how many games he expected Morse to play at first base, Wedge said he did not have a specific number in mind.
''I just want it to be an option for us,'' he said. ''Obviously Justin Smoak is having a real good spring.''
Smoak, the expected opening day starter at first, is playing well. The 26-year-old is batting .360 with two home runs, three doubles and six RBIs. Kendrys Morales, who will be Seattle's primary designated hitter, will back up Smoak at first base.
Morse has experience at first base. He didn't start a game there last season, but in 2...