The 1-0 Seattle Mariners break out a lineup with veterans today against the Oakland Athletics, from leadoff hitter Chone Figgins to No. 3 hitter Ichiro Suzuki.
A noon (PST) start will be broadcast on 710 ESPN in the Northwest, and the man-most-likely-to-see-time-in-center-field, Michael Saunders, will see if he can continue what has been an early tour de force at home plate.
With Franklin Gutierrez (pectoral muscle) out 4-6 weeks, Saunders is the best defensive option in center, and in four intra-squad games led the team in hits, stole a base and homered. In yesterday's Cactus League opener, he homered again.
Here's the lineup for Game 2:
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Chone Figgins 3BDustin Ackley 2BIchiro RFJustin Smoak 1BMike Carp LFMiguel Olivo CCarlos Peguero DHMichael Saunders CFBrendan Ryan SSHector Noesi P