SEATTLE MARINERS

Lineups: In chilly Minnesota, Mariners look to win a 3rd home opener

Apr 5, 2018, 11:21 AM
james paxton, mariners...
James Paxton is set to make his second start of the Mariners' 2018 season. (AP)
(AP)

The Mariners are 2 for 2 so far this season playing in home openers. On Thursday, they go for No. 3.

Blowers: ‘Hitters have had no chance’ against Edwin Diaz

James Paxton will be on the mound for Seattle as it looks to spoil the Twins’ first game this season at Target Field in Minneapolis, just like the M’s did on Tuesday with a 6-4 win over the Giants in San Francisco. The Mariners also won their own home opener on opening night a week ago.

In the Mariners’ lineup will be Mitch Haniger again hitting cleanup in place of the injured Nelson Cruz, Daniel Vogelbach at DH, and David Freitas catching Paxton.

The Twins will counter with right-hander Kyle Gibson as their starting pitcher.

Temperatures are plenty cold in Minnesota, where there was nine inches of snow on the field as of yesterday. Shannon Drayer has more on what to expect during the Mariners’ four-day, three-game stay in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Thursday’s game coverage begins at noon with the pregame show on 710 ESPN Seattle, followed by first pitch at 1:10.

Here are the full lineups.

Mariners (3-2)

Dee Gordon, CF
Jean Segura, SS
Robinson Cano, 2B
Mitch Haniger, RF
Kyle Seager, 3B
Daniel Vogelbach, DH
Ryon Healy, 1B
Ichiro Suzuki, LF
David Freitas, C

James Paxton, LHP

Twins (3-2)

Brian Dozier, 2B
Joe Mauer, 1B
Miguel Sano, 3B
Robbie Grossman, DH
Byron Buxton, CF
Max Kepler, RF
Ryan LaMarre, LF
Ehire Adrianza, SS
Mitch Garver, C

Kyle Gibson, RHP

Confidence, cutter helped Marco Gonzales win 2018 Mariners debut

Seattle Mariners

Mariners Jarred Kelenic...
Brent Stecker

Mariners GM: Why ‘runway’ for growing players is key for Seattle

"If you never provide a runway for your internal options to get better to improve, you'll never be sustainable," Mariners GM Justin Hollander said.
17 hours ago
Mariners Luis Castillo...
Brandon Gustafson

Mariners Pitching Notebook: No WBC for Castillo, Gilbert and Kirby plans

During the Mariners' pre-spring training luncheon, there was plenty of news and updates regarding Seattle's pitching staff for 2023.
17 hours ago
Mariners Diego Castillo...
The Associated Press

Mariners win over Diego Castillo in year’s 1st MLB arbitration decision

The Mariners defeated Diego Castillo in the first salary arbitration decision this year, and the reliever will get a raise to $2.95 million.
17 hours ago
Mariners Scott Servais...
Brent Stecker

Mariners’ Scott Servais: High expectations of fans ‘a great thing’

Mariners manager Scott Servais is feeling something different from the team's fans going into the 2023 season, and he's a fan of it.
2 days ago
Mariners Tayler Saucedo...
Shannon Drayer

Drayer’s Notebook: Mariners set spring invites, add LHP with local ties

Mariners insider Shannon Drayer details the latest from the team, including 32 non-roster invites to spring training and the addition of Taylor Saucedo.
2 days ago
Mariners Julio Rodríguez...
Brent Stecker

Mariners Odds & Ends: Uniform notes, Julio Rodríguez snub

Seattle Sports' Brent Stecker provides a few notes on the lighter side of baseball regarding the Mariners, including their 2023 uniforms.
3 days ago
Lineups: In chilly Minnesota, Mariners look to win a 3rd home opener