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March 5, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Dustin Ackley to lead off for Mariners against San Diego

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After two straight days of Chone Figgins leading off for the Mariners, the task falls to Dustin Ackley this afternoon as the Mariners play a “road” game in Peoria against the Padres team they share the complex with.
Figgins is 0-for-5 with two strikeouts, a walk and a run scored in his first two games this spring, one of them being yesterday’s Charity Game against San Diego that doesn’t count in Cactus League play but was an exhibition affair nonetheless.
On the mound for the Mariners will be Hisashi Iwakuma. Last we saw of him, he was getting lit up in the second inning of an intrasquad game. It will be interesting to see how he does this time facing a team other than his own for the first time.
There will be a press conference on the Peoria Stadium field in about 25 minutes, where it’s expected to be announced that the Mariners and Padres have both renewed their spring training leases at this facility.
Seattle’s lease is due to expire on Dec. 31, 2013, so they’re getting nearly a two-year jump on the renewal.


Other than Figgins, Ackley is the next closest thing this squad has to a Major League-ready leadoff man, so it will be interesting to see how he plays today.
Michael Saunders is back in center field this afternoon, having gone 0-for-2 on Saturday after his home run in the Cactus League opener.
The lineups:
MARINERS
2B Dustin Ackley
SS Brendan Ryan
RF Ichiro
1B Justin Smoak
LF Casper Wells
3B Kyle Seager
C Miguel Olivo
DH Carlos Peguero
CF Michael Saunders
RHP Hisashi Iwakuma
PADRES
CF Blake Tekotte
2B Orlando Hudson
3B Chase Headley
LF Carlos Quentin
1B Yonder Alonso
C Nick Hundley
RF Mark Kotsay
DH James Darnell
SS Andy Parrino
RHP Dustin Moseley

Comments | Topics: Brendan Ryan, Chone Figgins, Hisashi Iwakuma

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