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2/23/19: Open Game Thread

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The King debuts.

Seattle Mariners Photo Day Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Mariners have come out with bats blazing, counteracting unseasonably cool and rainy weather in Arizona. Today we’ll get our first look at Félix Hernández, pitching against non-Ichiro opponents as Seattle’s spring roommates and Vedder Cup rivals, the Padres arrive. He’ll have a real medley of youth behind him, and this lineup is one that is exactly what makes a Spring Training with prospects more fun than those in years past.

Seattle will run out nearly a full lineup of prospects/near-prospects today, anchored by veterans Domingo Santana, Tim Beckham, and Kristopher Negrón. We’ll get our first look at Braden Bishop in the outfield, as well as Daniel Vogelbach at first base. We’ll also get a long-shot chance of seeing Jarred Kelenic, as the youngster is on the extended reserves list, up from minor league camp for the day. I’m most excited to see Omar Narváez behind the dish today, and also curious if we’ll see the Spring debut of 1B Joey Curletta later on.

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Game Time: 12:10 PM PT

TV: ROOTNW

Radio: 710 AM ESPN / MLB At Bat App

Online: MLB.TV

Happy Félix Day, everyone. Long may he reign, and particularly with the news of Jeff Sullivan’s hiring, it feels deserved, if only for today: