There are three days remaining until Opening Day, the roster has been officially set, and yet we still have two more spring training games to get through before the Mariners jet out of Arizona. Newly-christened starter Roenis Elias will start the penultimate game, his third and last before "real baseball" begins. Yesterday, the Seattle Times' Jerry Brewer expressed his concerns about the 25-year-old, citing Brandon Maurer, Justin Smoak, and Jesus Montero's struggles as evidence that Elias will find it hard to adjust when he graduates to the big leagues next week.
Lost in the hubbub of moves -- Nick Franklin to Tacoma, Chris Young to the starting rotation, Hisashi Iwakuma to an unrestricted throwing program -- was this tidbit, shared by the Tacoma News Tribune's Bob Dutton:
Felix Hernandez gets reprimand from MLB for uniform violation: jersey unbuttoned below logo.— Bob Dutton (@TNT_Mariners) March 28, 2014
Hernandez subject to $1000 fine if he continues to violate rule.— Bob Dutton (@TNT_Mariners) March 28, 2014
That's an expensive fashion choice for the M's ace, albeit one that he can afford.
- Mariners vs. Rockies, 7:05 p.m. PST
- MLB TV is offering this game free to non-subscribers. It will be televised on both the Mariners' and Rockies' ROOT feeds and broadcast on 710 ESPN.
Mariners (Roenis Elias - L) vs. Rockies (T. Chatwood - R)
- Abraham Almonte (S) CF
- Brad Miller (L) SS
- Robinson Cano (L) 2B
- Justin Smoak (S) 1B
- Kyle Seager (L) 3B
- Logan Morrison (L) DH
- Dustin Ackley (L) LF
- Michael Saunders (L) RF
Mike Zunino (R) C