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Hot Stone League

Larry Stone gives his take on a wide array of baseball issues and weighs in about the Mariners, too.

June 28, 2012 at 10:59 AM

It’s happening: Moyer vs. Hultzen tonight in Tacoma (with minor-league report)

Here’s today’s Mariner minor-league report.

You can take “tentative” off the pitching matchup of Jamie Moyer vs. Danny Hultzen at Cheney Stadium tonight in Tacoma.

It’s going to happen, according to a Rainiers official, and it’s every bit as intriguing, if not more so, than the one at Safeco Field, where Felix Hernandez takes on Boston’s Franklin Morales.

How often do you get to see such a classic contrast of youth and experience? On the one hand is Hultzen, the No. 2 overall pick in last year’s draft, the shining hope of a brighter Mariner future. Fans watched from afar as he tore up the Southern League with Jackson, and now it’s the first chance to see him up close and personal. And there’s something on the line for Hultzen, too: He struggled badly in his Triple-A debut, and will by trying to show that he can pitch at this level — and the next one, too.

As if that isn’t enticing enough, you have Moyer, an 11-year favorite with the Mariners, desperately trying to keep his career going at age 49. Moyer, coming back from Tommy John surgery to become the oldest player to win a game earlier this year, has already passed through the Rockies and Orioles organization this year. Now he’s probably on a last-chance ride with the Blue Jays, making his first start with them for the Las Vegas 51s. There’s something on the line for him, too. If he gets shelled, it will hamper his quest to join the Toronto rotation and continue his career.

It should be a blast. For added measure, it’s Tasty Thursday with dollar deals on various food and drink items, and two dollar beersr on the Tasy Terrace. First pitch is 7:05 p.m.

Which pitching matchup scheduled for Thursday intrigues you more?

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