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4/11: Open Game Thread

First road game of the year, a day game before a free Tuesday. If you're watching from home or following from the office, join in the fun.

Seattle Mariners @ Kansas City Royals

Starting lineups:


Ichiro RF
Reed CF
Beltre 3B
Sexson 1B
Boone 2B
Ibanez DH
Winn LF
Olivo C
Valdez SS

Franklin SP

Kansas City:

DeJesus CF
Gotay 2B
Sweeney 1B
Stairs DH
Brown RF
Long LF
Berroa SS
Buck C
Teahen 3B

Hernandez SP

4:10pm EST start time. Two years ago, this would be a red flag game for Ryan Franklin, but a little spatial readjustment turned Kauffman Stadium into murder on home run hitters. That said, will Franklin be able to keep Calvin Pickering in the yard? Will the bullpen be able to keep the Royals off the board in the later innings - perhaps even protecting a lead in the process?