Game #3 – Mariners at Athletics
Welcome back to the regular season, which is just like the last time we had regular season games, only more sparsely attended and without quite as much focus on Ichiro.
Oakland’s ace Brandon McCarthy gets the ball, just as he did in the first game in Tokyo. Jason Vargas gets another shot at the A’s, and hopes his bullpen’s a little stingier this time. The A’s have another righty-heavy line-up with Jonny Gomes DHing and batting cleanup, Josh Donaldson at 3B and Kila Ka’aihue at 1B; he only lefty is Josh Reddick.
The M’s counter with seven lefties (man, it’s nice having switch hitters) with Michael Saunders in CF and Seager at 3B.
1: Figgins (LF)
2: Ackley (2B)
3: Ichiro! (RF)
4: Smoak (1B)
5: Montero (DH)
6: Seager (3B)
7: Olivo (C)
8: Saunders (CF)
9: Ryan (SS)
James Paxton makes his 2012 debut tonight for Jackson, Jeff Marquez starts for Tacoma. Chris Sorce makes his first start for High Desert and Ambioris Hidalgo’s already a few innings in to his start for Clinton.