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March 15, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Today’s lineup, and notes: Cano taking a few personal days

Seattle Mariners vs. San Francisco Giants
Saturday, March 15, 2014 – Peoria Stadium (1:05 pm)

Seattle Mariners (13-4-2)

San Francisco Giants ( 10-5-1)

No.

Player Pos.

No.

Player Pos.

36

Abraham Almonte (S) CF

13

Joaquin Arias 3B

15

Kyle Seager (L) 3B

10

Tony Abreu (S) 2B

17

Justin Smoak (S) 1B

9

Brandon Belt (L) 1B

27

Corey Hart DH

29

Hector Sanchez (S) C

20

Logan Morrison (L) RF

14

Brandon Hicks SS

3

Mike Zunino C

88

Tyler Colvin (L) DH

6

Nick Franklin (S) SS

2

Juan Perez LF

55

Michael Saunders (L) LF

22

Roger Kieschnick (L) RF

8

Willie Bloomquist 2B

79

Darren Ford CF

Starting Pitcher

Starting Pitcher

65

James Paxton LHP

82

Edwin Escobar LHP

There’s the lineup above for today’s game against the Giants in Peoria.

Now for a few notes:

—- Robinson Cano has returned to the Dominican Republic for a few days to take care of what manager Lloyd McClendon said was an expected personal issue. He will return on Tuesday, following the team’s off day on Monday;

Corey Hart is back in the lineup for a second straight day after returning from a back issue. McClendon said he made it through Friday’s game fine and appears healthy again;

Abraham Almonte is again leading off, a role he has had consistently throughout spring. But McClendon said there remain 5-6 possibilities for the leadoff spot once the season begins;

Roenis Elias, a left-hander, will get another start tomorrow against the Angels, and McClendon said he remains in the mix for the rotation. Scott Baker, who had been scheduled to start, will go in a minor league game as he has faced the Angels twice this spring already;

Brandon Maurer continues to struggle with some back issues and will be out another 6-7 days, which McClendon acknowledged is “not good” for his hopes of making the team out of spring training;

Stephen Pryor made it through a live bullpen session Friday just fine, McClendon said, and is on track to throw in a minor league game in the next day or two;

Taijuan Walker had a long toss session Friday that went well, McClendon said, and will have another bullpen session Sunday. McClendon said, though, there remains no ETA for when he will pitch in a game, saying “let’s get through this week and see where we are.”

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