Obviously, the word "exorcise" is very close to the word "exercise". Not in meaning, but in spelling and pronunciation. There are probably a lot of high schoolers who would've written that headline Mariners Look To Exercise Some Spring Training Demons. That would be wrong, but it would also be interesting. "Hey demon, go run a lap!" "Stupid demon, can't even do a pull-up!" It would still be less interesting than exorcising demons, because, exorcising demons. We're talking about exorcisms. That's some crazy shit - way crazier than curls and wind sprints. Even curls and wind sprints with demons.
What am I talking about? I'm glad you asked, by which I mean I'm glad I asked. This afternoon, the Mariners play the Cubs. While the Mariners went 1-1 against the Cubs last spring, the Cubs have won 16 of the last 20 of these Cactus League matchups. That is lopsided, and that is unacceptable. At one point, the Mariners had an overall winning record against the Cubs in spring training. Now the overall record is 63-63-2. Dead even. If the Mariners can stop the slide and get a win here, they'll take command. There are bragging rights at stake. Also there is a game at stake, today, a few minutes from right now.
Mariners, Cubs, 12:05pm PST. Here's a Gameday link. Radio broadcast is live on Mariners.com and not live on the actual radio. I accidentally typed that as Marines.com at first. The radio broadcast is probably not live or even available on Marines.com, but, I don't know, maybe. Starting lineup:
Michael Saunders batting second! Michael Saunders batting in front of so many guys! It's great that the Mariners want to see of how much Michael Saunders is capable, but I'm afraid they're going to break him and he's going to go back to what he was before. He is a delicate egg. It seems cruel to have Kawasaki at short and Ichiro on the bench because Kawasaki's just going to spend the whole game looking at the bench. Miguel Olivo and Carlos Peguero are batting back-to-back. Roll that around in your head for a little while.
Kevin Millwood is starting for the Mariners. Chris Volstad is starting for the Cubs, and I had forgotten that Chris Volstad was a Cub now because I don't spend a lot of my time thinking about Chris Volstad. The Mariners want to see if Millwood has what it takes to join the rotation, which is good, because it would be weird if they didn't. If they didn't then why would they even have him? I mean come on.