Friday notes and lineups

Mar 2, 2012, 8:20 AM | Updated: 9:44 am

By Shannon Drayer

The Mariners will not be facing the Mariners today and there is little doubt the guys are ready to see different uniforms on the other side. They will open Cactus League play with a game against the A’s in a few hours.

Interestingly enough the A’s chose not to report early despite being allowed to because of the trip to Japan. Pitchers and catchers reported on Feb. 18 – a week after the Mariners – and position players on Feb. 24.

The Mariners, coming off the off day, have few regulars in the lineup as Eric Wedge wanted to give them two days off of game activities. The game could be interesting because of weather conditions, with the forecast saying that winds could get up to 30 mph.

Lineups!

Mariners

Kawasaki 6
Seager 5
Wells 7
Montero 2
Peguero 9
Catricala DH
Liddi 3
Saunders 8
Rodriguez 4 Beavan 1

Other pitchers scheduled to get work: Perez, Jimenez, Henn, Kelley, Delabar, Ruffin, Patterson, Grube, Fox, Marquez.

Athletics

Weeks 4
Pennington 6
Crisp 8
Ramirez DH
Smith 7
Reddick rf
Suzuki 2
Allen 3
Donaldsen 5 Godfrey 1

A few things jump out at me from the lineups. First, with Oakland, yes, that is Manny Ramirez handling the DH duties. He will have to serve his 50-game suspension but he can play in spring and extended spring training games.

Michael Saunders is in at center. We had a long conversation with him this morning about the changes he has made at the plate. Interesting stuff that I will write up a little later. Saunders is their best defensive option at center but he will have to bring some offense too. Last year when Franklin Gutierrez went down, Saunders got the position but failed to hit and it became apparent that they needed more than great defense. They like what they have seen from Saunders at the plate so far this spring and now that they are into games, in the words of Wedge, they will get to “see if it is real.”

I did not see Gutierrez in the clubhouse this morning. It doesn’t look like he has returned from Seattle yet.

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