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3/21/14: Mariners open game thread

James Paxton vs Ian Kennedy

Tonight the M's take the Padres again in what is quickly becoming one of the most heavily contested rivalries in all sports. That's the bad news. The good news is that James Paxton will be returning to the mound, and hopefully the ball will stay away from Padre bats, or at least remain on the ground this time. Even more good news is that Hisashi Iwakuma played catch with a tennis ball this morning, and tomorrow, Taijuan Walker will pitch in a minor league game. Baby steps, everybody. On to the details!

Game info:

  • Mariners, Padres, 7:05 PM PST
  • Tonight's game will be broadcast on ROOT as well as on ESPN 710 AM radio, and
  • The M's have put DJ Peterson and Austin Wilson on the roster for tonight's game. Don't expect much more than maybe the eight or ninth innings out of them, if that.
  • In order to get what is presumably another, deeper look for Stephen Romero in LF, Dustin Ackley will be DH'ing for the night. That's right. Dustin Ackley, designated hitter. Welcome to 2014, folks