I Couldn’t resist adding one more Dodger Stadium beauty shot. You can’t ignore a sky like that, which I believe occurred in the bottom of the first inning.
There was lots of scurrying around after the game, an 8-1 loss that gave the Mariners a 16-13-2 exhibition record — their first winning spring since 2004.
For one thing, they were hustling off to the airport, leaving in two buses. One, carrying the minor leaguers brought in for the night, was taking the players for a flight back to Phoenix. The other carried the 25 players en route to Oakland for Friday’s opener against the A’s.
Luis Rodriguez and Ryan Langerhans were called into Eric Wedge’s office, one by one, after the game. It was hard to read their faces at first, but when Chone Figgins, who lockered next to Rodriguez, gave him a big, hearty handshake, and Rodriguez broke into a wide smile, you knew the news was good.
Jack Zduriencik made it official a few minutes later: Rodriguez and Langerhans were selected from Class AAA Tacoma and placed on the roster. Franklin Gutierrez, David Aardsma and Matt Mangini were all placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 22. That makes them eligible to come off on April 6. Gutierrez’s ailment was officially listed as “stomach gastritis.”
Also, pitcher Mauricio Robles was recalled, and placed on the 60-day DL. Shawn Kelley is also on the 60-day DL. They are both eligible to come off on May 30.
The moves leave the Mariners at 40 players on their 40-man roster, and 25 players on their 25-man roster. In other words, this is how they are going to start the season:
RHP Felix Hernandez
LHP Jason Vargas
RHP Doug Fister
LHP Erik Bedard
RHP Michael Pineda
RHP Brandon League
RHP Chris Ray
RHP David Pauley
RHP Josh Lueke
RHP Tom Wilhelmsen
RHP Jamey Wright
LHP Aaron Laffey