It was a busy day for the Mariners after losing their first game of the year last night. Hector Noesi has been shipped off to Rura Penthe, and in his place comes right-handed reliever Dominic Leone from AAA Tacoma.
It's Chris Young's first regular season start as a Mariner, and it is sure to be an interesting one. I got to see Young's first (and last) start this spring against the Rockies, and he looked pretty good despite never hitting more than 84 on his fastball. Jeff had a great post on Young on USS Mariner a while back, quoting none other than Logan Morrison talking about Young's release point in relation to his crazy height (6'11"):
When you’re standing there on deck and you see the ball coming out of his hand, there’s nothing special to it," said Florida Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison, who faced Young in his last spring-training start. "But when you get in the box, it gets on you quick. Even though he’s throwing 85, you have to treat it like 90, 92.
Feel hope! Or don't, whatever. Hector Noesi isn't starting the game. It's a good day.
- Mariners @ Athletics,
7:05 PM PSTUPDATE: Due to unpredictable water falling from the sky, tonight's game has been delayed until at least 7:30 PST. I'll update this with more info as it comes.
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- Michael Saunders is once again out of the lineup. In his place is Logan Morrison and...well...Hector Noesi isn't a Mariner anymore so I'm just going to choose to be happy today.
- John Buck gets the start behind the dish, probably partly due to last night's extra-inning madness on Zunino's knees.
- Speaking of Leone, he will be in uniform and available for tonight's game. Normally, you'd think it would take a day or two to get him some action, but after using a few arms last night it wouldn't be entirely surprising to see him, especially if Young can't last long.