We're less than two hours away from the first intersquad game of the year (12:05pm Pacific), and we've got some M's/lineups.
|Ichiro, RF||Venable, RF|
|Figgins, 3B||Cabrera, SS|
|Bradley, DH||Cantu, DH|
|Smoak, 1B||Hawpe, 1B|
|Kennedy, 2B||Headley, 3B|
|Olivo, C||Hundley, C|
|Saunders, CF||Maybin, CF|
|Gross, LF||Denorfia, LF|
|Ja Wilson, SS||Frandsen, 2B|
|Bedard, SP||Stauffer, SP|
Thewill follow Bedard with French, Delcarmen, Bautista, Miller, Jimenez, Petit, and Smith. The Padres will follow Stauffer with Luebke, Gregerson, Qualls, Scribner, Brach, and Flores. Luebke? More like Lue-ser, am I right? And Brach? Think of all the candy you like. Brach's makes the disgusting version of it. We're gonna kick these guys' asses.
You'll be able to listen live on 710, or on MLB.com. There'll also be Gameday available, which is nice for those who want to keep close track of what's going on. The broadcast will come from Dave Sims and Rick Rizzs, which makes this the Mariners' first game without Dave Niehaus. I don't know how that's going to feel, but I imagine the worst is yet to come in April.
The Mariners walloped the Padres in the charity game a year ago by a score of 9-3. The year before that, the M's took a narrow 4-3 loss in extra innings. The year before that, the M's won 10-3, and the year before that the M's took another narrow 4-3 loss. In other words, while the M's have gone 2-2 against the Padres in the last four charity games, they've also outscored them 25-14, which reveals a sizable difference in talent between the two organizations. The only thing I expect to out-run the Mariners this afternoon is the Padres players' blood.
By the way, today'll (hopefully) feature Erik Bedard's first inning against an opponent in a Mariners uniform since 2009. If he's a late scratch I'm probably going to blow something or somebody up.