The Mariners won’t see the Cubs in the regular season this year so this is the last time to see the two squads go at it for potentially quite some time. Munenori Kawasaki gets the start at short, because spring training is actually good and fun.
The Cubs are fielding a much more spring-trainingy roster than yesterday, which the Mariners have countered by starting Marcus Littlewood at DH. Chris Heston gets the start and will look to build on the four scoreless innings he’s pitched this spring. Today’s game is on TV and I will be really interested to get a better look at Heston’s stuff; acquiring him was my favorite low-key move of the off-season. Other pitchers available: Marc Rzepczynski, Micah Owings, Thyago Vieira, Nick Vincent, Dan Altavilla, Paul Fry, Peter Tago, Brett Ash, Lindsey Caughel. Is Peter Tago a real person? It remains to be seen.
Minor League Reserve Player You’ve Never Heard Of: Luis Rengifo, 2B
Rengifo, a 19-year-old Venezuelan, has been with the organization since 2014. He had a good year in the DSL in 2015 and a not-as-good-year last year in the AZL, striking out 31 times in 34 games.
Time: 12:10 PST
Listen: 710 ESPN or mariners.com; the game will be rebroadcast at 7 PM PST if you miss it or your jerk boss won’t let you listen.