As much as a spring training game can be anticipated, the Seattle Mariners play one today - with rookie Michael Pineda making his first start of spring against the Arizona Diamondbacks in their new ballpark.
At 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, the 22-year-old is an impressive sight on a mound, but this will be the first time he's pitched to big-league players who weren't his teammates. No one is more excited than Pineda.
As for the lineup behind him, Eric Wedge's travel squad today has Ichiro and Chone Figgins atop the lineup, with Ichiro getting a bit of a breather by being the designated hitter.
All eyes will be on Pineda today. Here's the Mariners lineup for Game 4:
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Ichiro, DHChone Figgins, 3BGabe Gross, LFJustin Smoak, 1BMichael Saunders, CFBrendan Ryan, SSJohermyn Chavez, RFJosh Bard, CLuis Rodriguez, 2BMichael Pineda, P