4/17/14: Open game thread

Otto Greule Jr

Erasmo Ramirez vs. Tanner Scheppers.

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This morning, the Mariners will get an opportunity to even up the series against the Rangers, and they will do so with questionable lineup choices.

Erasmo Ramirez is hunting for his second win of the season against Texas after suffering two losses to the A's this month. He is matched by 25-year-old right-hander Tanner Scheppers, who leads the league with 14 earned runs over his previous three starts.

For reasons that are inexplicable to me, Nick Franklin will be subbing in for Robinson Cano at second base while Cano fills in at DH. Yesterday, Franklin went 1-for-4 with a triple and two strikeouts in the M's 3-2 loss to the Rangers. Miller, on the other hand, hasn't gotten on base since April 14. What does this mean? Nothing, yet. I'm just biding my time until Franklin becomes our new right fielder. It's worth noting that this will be Cano's seventh start at DH since the beginning of the 2013 season.

Game info

  • Mariners @ Rangers, 11:05 a.m. PST
  • Today's game will be televised on ROOT Sports and broadcast on 710 ESPN. You can also watch it online at MLB TV here.
  • Corey Hart is getting his first start of the year in right field. Ryan Divish pointed out that he hasn't played the outfield in a regular-season game since July 21, 2012.

Today's Lineups

SEATTLE MARINERS TEXAS RANGERS
Abraham Almonte - CF Shin-Soo Choo - LF
Brad Miller - SS Elvis Andrus - SS
Robinson Cano - DH Alex Rios - RF
Corey Hart - RF Prince Fielder - 1B
Kyle Seager - 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff - 3B
Nick Franklin - 2B Mitch Moreland - DH
Justin Smoak - 1B Donnie Murphy - 2B
Dustin Ackley - LF Leonys Martin - CF
John Buck - C J.P. Arencibia - C
Erasmo Ramirez - RHP Tanner Scheppers - RHP
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