Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki will return to the lineup on Tuesday after Wedge gave him the day off on Monday against Arizona left-hander Wade Miley. It marked just the second time Ichiro was out of the starting lineup this season -- a season in which he has slumped to a .255 batting average. "It does help him to have a day off every now and again," Wedge said. "He's been playing for a long time and he does a great job of keeping himself in shape. He works hard. The routine doesn't change. But he's still human. To have a day every now and again is a good thing for him." Ichiro is one hit shy of 2,500 in his Major League career. D-backs: Kubel happy to return to field
On the D-backs' recent Interleague road trip, outfielder Jason Kubel spent the entire stretch as a designated hitter -- something he did quite a few times when playing for the Twins in the American League. Strangely, Kubel said, despite not having to play defense, he was sorer than he'd been all season during the road trip. He was back in left field on Monday and figures to remain there this series. "It's nice to get out there and feel more into it and stay loose," Kubel said. "I've gone longer without playing the field, so it'll take care of itself real soon." Aaron Hill became just the fifth player in D-backs history to hit for the cycle on Monday. His seventh-inning home run capped the historic performance, and he became the first Arizona player to do so since Kelly Johnson in 2010. D-backs shortstop Willie Bloomquist has reached base safely in 23 of his last 24 games. Worth noting
Monday's win snapped the D-backs' seven-game losing streak against the Mariners that dated back to July 17, 2001. The 30 shutouts by Mariners pitchers since Interleague Play began in 1997 are the most in baseball.