After less than a week on the field together, the Seattle Mariners will begin playing games today.
Trying to get the team into shape for the Cactus League, manager Don Wakamatsu will oversee a pair of intrasquad games today and tomorrow aimed at getting pitchers work and players on the field.
"Intrasquad games are mostly for the pitchers, to let them face hitters for the first time," Wakamatsu said.
Ken Griffey Jr. probably won't play in either game as the Mariners let his legs work into shape, but lots of other players will.
Figure a pitcher per half inning and the team will use 11 today in 5 1/2 innings and another eight tomorrow in a four-inning contest.
Today's pitchers: Carlos Silva, David Aardsma, Denny Stark, Shawn Kelley, Justin Thomas, Miguel Batista, Mark Lowe, Jason Vargas, Randy Messenger and Stephen Kahn
And, in news of the former Mariners, consider this:
Travis Blackley, trying to catch on with the Diamondbacks bullpen, overslept and was two hours late for a workout. Oops.
Shawn Estes hopes to make the Dodgers rotation and says, if he doesn' make the opening day roster, he'll retire.
Omar Vizquel can't do everything he once did, but the Texas Rangers want him to mentor their young infielders - and he almost certainly will win a job as a reserve.
And in Yankee camp, where pitchers were signed bv the case this off-season, guess who will start New York's exhibition opener? Brett Tomko.