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March 7, 2011 at 7:45 AM

Monday morning briefing

It’ll be a fun day for however many Mariner fans make it out to Phoenix Municipal Stadium today for the exhibition game against the A’s as Felix Hernandez is due to make his first start of the spring.
And following Hernandez, Michael Pineda — the top pitching prospect in the organization — is also set to take the mound.
The Mariners are also going with more of an A Team lineup today with Ichiro, Chone Figgins and Franklin Gutierrez 1-2-3 in the order.
But the lineup also has the interesting 2B-SS tandem of Jack Wilson and Brendan Ryan, a combo the team has talked about exploring, especially until Dustin Ackley proves himself ready. Wilson is a shortstop by trade but the team will try to see if that’s a duo that might work.
We should also sometime today get more definitive word on the status of Miguel Olivo, who strained his left groin on Saturday.
Here is the complete lineup:
Ichiro, RF
Chone Figgins, 3B
Franklin Gutierrez, CF
Mike Carp, 1B
Jack Wilson, 2B
Brendan Ryan, SS
Michael Saunders, LF
Chris Giminez, C
Matt Mangini, DH
Felix Hernandez, P
UPDATED — Initially, Adam Moore was in the lineup at catcher but he has been scratched for Giminez, though we’re not sure why as of 8:40 Seattle time.
Other pitchers who could go today are Denny Bautista, Cesar Jiminez, Justin Miller, Jose Flores, Josh Lueke and Aaron Laffey.
MORNING LINKS. …
And here are a few links. …
— First, my story for today’s paper on the continuing education of Ackley.
— DocSports sets the over-under for Mariner wins this year at 70.
— MLB.com notes that Hernandez won’t face many other AL West foes after today.
— ProBallNW.com examines Adam Moore and that the bullpen still looks questionable.
All for now.

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