First day of the Cactus League season means baseball again - the voices of Dave and Rick, the grass and dirt and white uniforms back in play again.
For most young Seattle Mariners in camp, it also means the chance to show manager Don Wakamatsu and his coaches what they can do at game speed, against big-league talent.
For some, it's a tuneup. Ichiro, Chone Figgins and Milton Bradley will get their first spring at-bats today against Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum.
For those who played minor roles in camp last spring - Mike Carp, Greg Halman, Chris Seddon and others - it's the opportunity to show how much they've improved.
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But for a few dozen men in camp, this will be their first Cactus League spring with Seattle. No, there aren't many jobs to be won outright, but impressions made here in Arizona mean the difference between being the first guy called up during the regular season.
It's spring, and games start today. A year ago, no Mariners pitcher won more than two games - and Jarrod Washburn and Chris Jakubauskas did that.
Ichiro Suzuki batted .417, and was out-hit by Matt Tuiasosopo. Russell Branyan hit seven home runs, but outfielder Mike Wilson led the team with eight. Wilson's 20 RBI led the team.
Who'll do the honors this spring? Place your bets - or just your thoughts - right here. Which Mariner pitcher will lead the staff in spring wins, which hitter will hit the most home runs, have the highest average for those who play regularly.