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Spring Training open game thread #1: Padres vs. Mariners 2/27/14

Erasmo Ramirez vs. Eric Stults.

Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Baseball's back.

It's time for the annual tradition of opening up Gameday, overreacting to early performances, and waiting for the inevitable "in play (runs)" text when Hector Noesi takes the the mound. Yep, it's time for baseball once again, and the Mariners take on their bitter rival San Diego Padres in their first official game of the Cactus League. The game isn't on, but they'll have the KIRO audio feed to make this feel like a legit game.

The routine starts again - going to, checking the lineups, pasting them here and anxiously waiting for the game to begin. The scores don't matter, the performances won't either, but it's still Mariners baseball and an annual representation of hope, however irrational it may be.

Welcome back. Thanks for sticking with us all offseason. Today, Robinson Cano is most definitely a Seattle Mariner.


1. Cameron Maybin (R) CF
2. Alexi Amarista (L) 3B
3. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
4. Jedd Gyorko (R) 2B
5. Xavier Nady (R) DH
6. Alex Dickerson (L) LF
7. Kyle Blanks (R) RF
8. Ryan Jackson (R) SS
9. Rene Rivera (R) C

P Eric Stults (L)

1. Abraham Almonte (S) CF
2. Kyle Seager (L) 3B
3. Robinson Cano (L) 2B
4. Logan Morrison (L) DH
5. Justin Smoak (S) 1B
6. Michael Saunders (L) RF
7. Dustin Ackley (L) LF
8. Brad Miller (L) SS
9. Mike Zunino (R) C

P Erasmo Ramirez (R)