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Roenis Elias vs. Jesse Chavez.

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After yesterday's win, the Mariners are on pace to post their best starting record since 1995. The club's all-time best record to open a season is 6-0, which they achieved back in 1985 when names like Alvin Davis and Dave Henderson still graced the roster.

Roenis Elias will make his major league debut on the heels of James Paxton's first major league start against the Angels. According to the Tacoma News Tribune's Bob Dutton, this is the first time in 37 years that two rookies have started in the first four games of the year.

The A's have placed their faith in 30-year-old Jesse Chavez, a right-handed reliever with six years of experience under his belt, but only two starts in the major leagues. His role shifted to the bullpen after two disastrous outings against the Brewers and Marlins in June 2012, when he gave up 10 runs, 2 home runs, and 4 walks in 8 2/3 innings. In Greg Johns' pregame column, Chavez admitted that his return to the rotation was in part due to the recovery of his change-up, a pitch that disappeared when he made some adjustments to his routine in previous seasons.

Game info

  • Mariners @ Athletics, 7:05 p.m. PST
  • Today's game will be televised on ROOT Sports and broadcast on 710 ESPN.


Mariners (R. Elias - L) @ Athletics (J. Chavez - R)


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


  1. Coco Crisp (S) CF
  2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B
  3. Jed Lowrie (S) SS
  4. Yoenis Cespedes (R) DH
  5. Derek Norris (R) C
  6. Alberto Callaspo (S) 1B
  7. Josh Reddick (L) RF
  8. Nick Punto (S) 2B
  9. Sam Fuld (L) LF