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Seattle Mariners (1-0) @ Oakland Athletics (0-1)

Preview: Iwakuma out to validate 2012 success

Time: 7:05 pm
Location: The Coliseum, Oakland, CA
Television: ROOT Sports


Hisashi Iwakuma

#18 / Pitcher / Seattle Mariners

6-3

190

R

R

Apr 12, 1981



Jarrod Parker

#11 / Pitcher / Oakland Athletics

6-1

195

R

R

Nov 24, 1988


Lineups:

Seattle Mariners Oakland Athletics
CF Michael Saunders CF Coco Crisp
3B Kyle Seager C John Jaso
DH Kendrys Morales RF Josh Reddick
RF Michael Morse LF Yoenis Cespedes
LF Raul Ibanez SS Jed Lowrie
1B Justin Smoak 1B Brandon Moss
C Jesus Montero 3B Josh Donaldson
2B Dustin Ackley DH Seth Smith
SS Brendan Ryan 2B Eric Sogard

I get wanting to stack the lineup with lefties, I get wanting to give Franklin Gutierrez lots of rest, and I get that it's as good a time as any to punt outfield defense with the groundballing Iwakuma on the hill, but if you're going to run both Morse and Ibanez out there in the corners I feel like having Death to Flying Things between them should be a requirement. Those gaps are awfully big tonight.

But on the other side of the ball, it's hard not to like that lineup.