With the exception of center field, this is the lineup the Seattle Mariners envisioned opening day, and it may still be the best they have given their current roster.
That doesn't mean it's playing well.
Miguel Olivo starts again behind the plate, mired in an 0-for-25 stretch, and Chone Figgins, Jack Cust, Ryan Langerhans and Brendan Ryan are all struggling with the bat, too.
On the mound? Rookie Michael Pineda, who won his last start with an onslaught of fastballs and sliders that painted both sides of the plate, will eventually need that changeup as more than a 'show' pitch. Still, making hitters swing at his best stuff - not his worst - isn't the worst early approach.
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The lineup vs. Kansas City today:
Ichiro Suzuki (L) RFChone Figgins (S) 3BMilton Bradley (S) LFJack Cust (L) DHJustin Smoak (S) 1B Miguel Olivo CRyan Langerhans (L) CF Brendan Ryan SS Jack Wilson 2BMichael Pineda RHP