3/03/14 Mariners Open Game Thread

Lisa Blumenfeld

Erasmo Ramirez vs. Alfredo Simon, then Blake Beavan vs. Brett Anderson.

In an effort to curb the growing threat of the Mariners' dominant Cactus League offense, the team will split their arsenal against the Colorado Rockies and Cincinnati Reds this afternoon. Before you start taking sides against Erasmo Ramirez or Blake Beavan, let's look at a few headlines from Mariners camps of years past:

1991: Crash Sidelines Griffey Sr., Ruins $84,000 Auto

"The elder Griffey had tried to borrow Ken Griffey Jr.'s car. 'If he had,' Junior said yesterday, 'he'd be gone.' Ken Jr. said his car, a rear-engine Porsche, would not have stood up to the impact of the collision, in which a Ford truck rear-ended the elder Griffey's 1991 Mercedes Benz Saturday afternoon. 'His $484,000 900 SEL,' the son said with a moan. 'In my car, he'd have gotten the engine off the back of his head in a crash like that. As it was, his golf clubs wound up in the back seat. And they started in the trunk.'"

1998: Segui's Passion Should Be Powerful Addition for M's

"Segui, the 31-year-old replacement for first baseman Paul Sorrento, sat earlier in the week reading a newspaper in the celebrity corner of the clubhouse, near the lockers of Ken Griffey Jr. and Jay Buhner. Around him swirled talk about the audacious comments made by rookie pitcher Ryan Anderson. Segui never looked up. He was intense about reading the paper. He seems intense about everything. 'People have tried to get me to calm down when I play,' Segui said, 'but I have to play mad.'"

2005: Hernandez just a question of timing

"When Felix Hernandez takes the mound tomorrow for the Mariners, it will mark a milestone. Even if it is only one inning against the Padres, it will be his first game with the big-league team. Where he might go from this is unknown, but it's potentially higher and farther than most Mariners pitchers have gone before him. Call him -- warily, even scarily, because he is only 18 years old -- The Future."

There you have it, Mariners. Be intense. Play mad. Don't take the Porsche.

Game info

Lineups at Peoria

Mariners (Blake Beavan - R; A. Fernandez - L; R. Ramirez - R; M. Rogers - R; Z. Miner - R; B. LaFromboise - L) vs. Rockies (B. Anderson - L)

Mariners

  1. Abraham Almonte (S) CF
  2. Nick Franklin (S) SS
  3. Robinson Cano (L) 2B
  4. Justin Smoak (S) 1B
  5. Corey Hart (R) DH
  6. Dustin Ackley (L) LF
  7. Xavier Avery (L) RF
  8. Willie Bloomquist (R) 3B
  9. Humberto Quintero (R) C

Rockies

  1. Charlie Blackmon (L) RF
  2. Brandon Barnes (R) CF
  3. Corey Dickerson (L) LF
  4. Michael McKenry (R) C
  5. Ben Paulsen (L) 1B
  6. Charlie Culberson (R) 2B
  7. Ryan Wheeler (L) 3B
  8. Jordan Pacheco (R) DH
  9. Cristhian Adames (S) SS

Lineups at Goodyear

Mariners (E. Ramirez - L; C. Ruffin - R; C. Furbush - L; L. Kensing - R; N. Hill - L; Y. Medina - R; J. Gillheeney - L; S. Kohlscheen - R) @ Reds (A. Simon - R)

Mariners

  1. Endy Chavez (L) CF
  2. Brad Miller (L) SS
  3. Logan Morrison (L) 1B
  4. Jesus Montero (R) DH
  5. Michael Saunders (L) RF
  6. Stefen Romero (R) LF
  7. Nate Tenbrink (L) 3B
  8. Mike Zunino (R) C
  9. Carlos Triunfel (R) 2B

Reds

  1. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
  2. Skip Schumaker (L) LF
  3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
  4. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
  5. Chris Heisey (R) RF
  6. Brayan Pena (S) C
  7. Zack Cozart (R) SS
  8. Max Ramirez (R) DH
  9. Ramon Santiago (S) 3B

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