3/12: Spring Training Open Game Thread

what have you done to your neck - Christian Petersen

Anthony Fernandez has been reassigned to minor-league camp. Anthony Fernandez was never going to stick around long in major-league camp. Anthony Fernandez can still show up in major-league camp if necessary. Today's news is hardly news. But it had its own press release and everything! Anthony Fernandez was the subject of a major-league press release. Good on you, Anthony Fernandez. There is a baseball game.

Details:

  • MARINERS
  • AGAINST DIAMONDBACKS
  • AT HOME IN PEORIA
  • 1:05pm Pacific
  • Gameday link
  • broadcast on the radio on a tape delay and audio streamed online for free

The Mariners' starting lineup:

Jason Bay, RF
Dustin Ackley, 2B
Kendrys Morales, 1B
Justin Smoak, DH
Eric Thames, LF
Jesus Montero, C
Brad Miller, 3B
Julio Morban, CF
Brendan Ryan, SS

Brad Miller batted ninth when he played shortstop. Brendan Ryan bats ninth when he plays shortstop. Ryan is a big leaguer, and Miller is a minor leaguer. Today Miller is not playing shortstop, so therefore Miller isn't batting ninth, even though, whatever, maybe Ryan is comfortable in and familiar with the basement. Jason Bay has never led off before in the bigs. That might be more meaningful if it weren't the middle of March and if this lineup didn't have Brad Miller and Julio Morban in it. I'm guessing this is less about Bay batting first, and more about Dustin Ackley batting second. These are things that matter to managers.

Starting for the Mariners on the mound will be Felix Hernandez. Starting for the Diamondbacks will be Felix Hernandez's opponents. Tough break, Arizona. Scheduled to pitch after Felix will be sweet, sweet relief.

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