Happy Daylight Savings to you all! As a heads up, today is the first day that game times in the Cactus League are identical to the West Coast, due to the fact that the state of Arizona turns their noses up at the concept of Daylight Savings. Make of that what you will.
The lineups are out and an old friend makes his spring training debut...
Mariners vs Reds lineups. A familiar name at the top of the order pic.twitter.com/5bdcGf6q35— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) March 11, 2018
ICHIRO! While this hopefully is one of the only times we see him at the leadoff spot this year, his return should be the talk of the baseball world for the day. The rest of the lineup looks pretty close to the projected starters, with Mitch Haniger getting the start again in right field, and Guillermo Heredia is in center after briefly worrying folks colliding into the outfield wall in last night’s game. Daniel Vogelbach is at first base and will look to continue his torrid spring, while the only notable absence is Kyle Seager, with Andrew Romine taking his place at third.
The Reds are also running out what looks like their starting lineup, with an underrated heart of the order of Joey Votto (okay maybe he isn’t underrated), Scooter Gennett, and Adam Duvall. These Reds have some pop in their bats, but have struggled mightily the last couple seasons due to poor pitching, including a historically bad bullpen in 2016. Brandon Finnegan is making his second start of the spring after coming back from shoulder surgery in July.
Game Time: 1:10 PDT
Radio: 710 ESPN/MLB.com
TV: ROOT, MLB.TV
Yay Mariners! Yay Ichiro!