If you're wondering where this blog has been the last day and a half, that's easy - it's tough blogging in the Bay area when your computer power cord is still in New Mexico.
Tonight, we're buddy-breathing with a kind Japanese writer whose new-fangled cord fits the oldest living laptop. So, I'll catch up while I still have a little juice left.
The Mariners lineup is up, and Casey Kotchman is batting third against Oakland's right-handed starter, Ben Sheets. Yesterday morning, manager Don Wakamatsu had pondered dropping him to sixth and putting Franklin Gutierrez third, thinking it would take pressure off first-year Mariner Kotchman.
"We had a chat, and Casey said he'd welcomed the challenge of hitting third and thought he deserved the chance after a good spring," Wakamatsu said. "He looked me in the ey and said, 'I can handle it.'"
Good enough - for now, at least.
Then there's closer David Aardsma. Talked to him for five minutes today, and he coughed for three of those. The bad cold of last week is now 'just' a cough, but it's a major cough, so the ninth inning could be interesting if it's a close game.
Your opening day lineup:
- Ichiro, RF
- Chone Figgins, 2B
- Casey Kotchman, 1B
- Milton Bradley, LF
- Ken Griffey Jr., DH
- Jose Lopez, 3B
- Franklin Gutierrez, CF
- Rob Johnson, C
- Jack Wilson, SS
- Felix Hernandez, P