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February 22, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Mariners in spring debut against the Padres

Mariners left fielder Raul Ibanez watches a Jedd Gyorko grand slam leave the park in the first inning of Seattle’s Cactus League opener.

1:40 p.m.: We’re midway through the sixth inning and it’s still a 6-0 game, so at least Seattle’s pitching has managed to plug the early Hector Noesi leak job. The Mariners have just two hits of their own today — singles by Michael Morse and Jesus Montero — so up to now, the first inning has been much of the story.

12:30 p.m.: So, that went rather well, didn’t it? I’ll spare you the short strokes. Hector Noesi threw 42 pitches, got only two batters out and yielded a grand slam to Jedd Gyorko along the way in falling behind 6-0 in the top of the first. Oliver Perez had to come on to get the final out on a hard grounder that shortstop Robert Andino made a nice play on.

In fairness, Noesi really did get three outs since Raul Ibanez let a Will Venable flyball to left field deflect off his glove for an error that put the first two batters on. That’s about all the fairness we’ll toss around after that stinkeroo turned in by Noesi.

The Mariners went 1-2-3 on just seven pitches in their half of the opening frame. Hey, it’s early. There, somebody was going to say it.

Fans take their spots on the grass bern beyond the right field fence at Peoria Stadium.

11:40 a.m.: We’re all set for the start of the 20th annual Charity Game between the Mariners and the San Diego Padres. The Cactus League is off to a quicker start than usual this year because of the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

Woth noting today is Michael Saunders leading off. Other than Dustin Ackley — who will miss at least the first three games as the team eases him in slowly — Saunders and Robert Andino profile as the most likely leadoff hitters on the club. Kendrys Morales is batting third and Michael Morse fourth, which could be exactly how the team opens the season.

San Diego Padres (0-0)


Player Pos.  


Player Pos.


Michael Saunders (L) CF


Everth Cabrera (S) SS


Kyle Seager (L) 3B


Will Venable (L) CF


Kendrys Morales (S) DH


Chris Denorfia RF


Michael Morse RF


Yonder Alonso (L) 1B


Raul Ibañez (L) LF


Kyle Blanks DH


Jesus Montero C


Jedd Gyorko 2B


Mike Jacobs (L) 1B


Travis Buck (L) LF


Robert Andino SS


James Darnell 3B


Carlos Triunfel 2B


Rene Rivera C

Starting Pitcher

Starting Pitcher

45 Hector Noesi RHP 59 Sean O’Sullivan RHP

Umpires: Ron Kulpa (46), Paul Schrieber (43), Todd Tichenor (97)


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