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April 1, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Mariners start normal lineup (more or less); epic pitching matchup on deck

After fielding a bunch of minor leaguers on Saturday (and beating the Padres, 6-1), the Mariners’ regulars are back in there. Most of them, anyway. Dustin Ackley, still recovering from the flu, is out, as are Brendan Ryan and Michael Saunders.
Saunders was one of four players who left early today because of illness, along with Dustin Ackley, Carlos Peguero and George Sherrill. The first three are flu-like, while Sherrill’s problems are respiratory.
Here’s how they’ll go today against the Royals:
Chone Figgins LF
Munenori Kawasaki SS
Ichiro RF
Justin Smoak 1B
Jesus Montero DH
Miguel Olivo C
Kyle Seager 2B
Alex Liddi 3B
Casper Wells CF
Blake Beavan P


Monday’s game in Peoria against the Rockies — the first of three straight against Colorado — will provide maybe the best pitching matchup of the entire Cactus League season. Felix Hernandez is going for the Mariners, while the Rockies are starting 49-year-old former Mariner Jamie Moyer. Moyer, recently named to Colorado’s rotation, was in Seattle when Hernandez was a 19-year-old phenom called up to the big leagues for the first time in 2005. Of course, Moyer was around when Christy Mathewson was called up to the big leagues for the first time. It will be great fun watching their contrasting styles.
On Wednesday, in the Mariners’ Cactus League finale, Hector Noesi opposes Jhoulys Chacin. On Tuesday, Juan Nicasio starts for the Rockies. And for the Mariners? Their starter is officially listed in a team press release as “Johnny All Staff,” which is baseball lingo for anybody and everybody.

Comments | Topics: Brendan Ryan, Chone Figgins, Jesus Montero

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