Not here in Tacoma – it’s down in Peoria, Arizona. But it’s on TV here, at noon on Root.
A real, live baseball game featuring several players who will be members of the Tacoma Rainiers on opening day.
The exhibition season is underway at Mariners spring training camp, and we’ll finally start getting some reports on how players are looking in real-game situations.
Taijuan Walker gets the start for the M’s today, and he’s a guy who is hoping to not be in Tacoma this season. It’s a battle for him: he’s trying to beat out Roenis Elias and Erasmo Ramirez for the Mariners No. 5 starter spot.
Walker gets a bit of a test today, as he faces the San Diego Padres. The Padres have both of their shiny new acquisitions in the starting lineup: Matt Kemp and Justin Upton.
The majority of the Mariners lineup is filled with likely Rainiers players. Check out the full lineups in the first link down below.
It’s nearly game time. Prepare yourself accordingly.
- Morning Mariners Musings from Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times: today’s include lineups for the game, and here are his musings from Tuesday.
- New Mariners starter J.A. Happ hopes to improve his change-up this spring.
- Dustin Ackley is ready for whatever the Mariners have planned for him, Larry Stone writes. His main goal is to avoid the early season slump that has plagued him the last few seasons.
- The Mariners will have platoons in left field and right field, according to Bob Dutton. I wouldn’t be surprised if one develops at first base, too.
- Kyle Seager is getting involved in charity work, Danny Hultzen had a successful bullpen session – all that and more in today’s Mariners Notebook.
- From Dutton’s Mariners Notebook on Tuesday, it looks like Rainiers pitcher Jordan Pries has caught the attention of the big league skipper.
- Stone has a column on the Vedder Cup which includes a terrible, terrible pun at the end. Proceed at your own risk.
- Mike Zunino is working on his approach at the plate. Still an amazing stat, six months later: Zunino had more home runs than walks last year AND he had as many HBPs as walks.
- Looks like the Texas Rangers are sending reliever Edgar Olmos back to the Mariners. They claimed him off waivers, then realized he was injured. He’s a potential Rainiers reliever at some point so we’ll keep an eye on this.
- If you’re visiting spring training, here’s a story which lists many cool places to visit (including my favorite Peoria watering hole – thanks for ruining the secret, Divish).
Our next update will be on Friday afternoon.