Mariners notebook: Lineup! for Game 1 of Cactus League play
PEORIA, Ariz. – Without further ado, the Mariners’ lineup! for their Cactus League opener against the Padres:
Dee Gordon, CF
Jean Segura, SS
Kyle Seager, 3B
Mike Zunino, C
Ben Gamel, LF
Daniel Vogelbach, DH
Cameron Perkins, RF
Mike Ford, 1B
Andrew Romine, 2B
Ariel Miranda, LHP
Also scheduled to pitch: Andrew Moore, Shawn Armstrong, James Pazos, Dan Altavilla, Nick Rumbelow, Christian Bergman, Johendi Jiminian, Darin Gillies.
This spring I will list those who follow the starters as pitchers “scheduled to pitch.” Most actually are scheduled to pitch, some are extra. The games can dictate how some pitchers are used so if a pitcher listed as “scheduled to pitch” does not pitch, it is not safe to assume that the pitcher was scratched for some reason.
Miranda and Moore are scheduled to pitch two innings each.
Some familiar names are missing from the first lineup, and that is mostly because manager Scott Servais wants to hold back some of his veterans and bring them along more slowly with games starting earlier on the calendar this spring. There is plenty of time to get the hitters their at-bats, and Servais will schedule some of his hitters a little differently as part of the rest-and-recovery plan. The aim is to get them their work but have them fresh at the start of the season.
Today’s game can be heard on 710 ESPN Seattle at noon with Rick Rizzs and Dave Sims on the call.
• Nelson Cruz has been a little under the weather and left camp a little early on Thursday. He is back Friday but not in the lineup.
• The Mariners will join all MLB teams in honoring the Parkland, Fla. shooting victims by wearing Marjory Stoneman Douglass caps in their warmups today. The Mariners and Padres have decided to wear the caps throughout the game. The caps will be signed after the game and auctioned off to benefit the official victims fund via the Broward Education Foundation.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas we are with you pic.twitter.com/g5k8kejRgV
— Braden Bishop (@bradenbishop7) February 23, 2018
• The Mariners are 21-22-1 all-time in official Cactus League openers.