When the Mariners take the field tonight, six of the nine men in their lineup will be players who weren't here last season - as will eight other players on the roster.
That's not a bad thing, apparently.
After 86 games last season, this team was 34-52, not 44-42. Oh, and they were 18 games behind the Angels in the American League West.
Against right-hander Kevin Millwood, the Mariners will send left-handed hitters Ken Griffey Jr., Russell Branyan, Ryan Langerhans and Jack Hannahan - all of whom were with different teams a year ago.
The tail end of the lineup appears to be an offensive void: Rob Johnson (.199), Hannahan (.193) and Ronny Cedeno (.152), but it's a strong defensive group.
That, in turn, should help Jarrod Washburn, who looks to even his record (5-6) despite carting around a rock-solid ERA (3.08).
It's Texas vs. Seattle, game three of a four-game series.
Rangers strike first
Nothing good ever comes of walking a No. 9 hitter.
Washburn did it one out into the third inning, and it burned him when Ian Kinsler doubled to score Elvis Andrus. It's the only run of the game so far, and the man who scored it was given a free pass to first base.
In the third: Rangers 1, Mariners 0
Branyan gets 'em even
Mr. Branyan tied the game with his 22nd home run of the season - and 12th at Safeco Field - a shot off the signage of the second deck in right field.
This guy never hits cheapies.
After three: Mariners 1, Rangers 1
Guess who's pitching?
Let's see, if the the Mariners can't score but their starting pitcher is working on a gem, it must be Washburn.
Through six innings, Washburn has allowed four hits a run and that's earned him ... a tie. Millwood has allowed only three hits and a run.
Through six, Washburn has thrown 80 pitches. By now, he probably doesn't expect a run scored behind him.
And the Mariners lead
Langerhans singled to left field and everyone - including Rob Johnson - expected Johnson to bunt. He tried, and failed.
So on a 1-2 pitch, swinging away, Johnson hammered his first home run over the Seattle bullpen.
Hannahan doubled, chasing Millwood after 114 pitches, and ex-Mariner Eddie Guardado came in.
Cedeno bunted Hannahan to third base and, with the infield drawn in, Ichiro singled home a fourth run.
Mark Lowe is in to pitch the eighth inning.
After seven: Mariners 4, Rangers 1
And in the ninth
David Aardsma - who else? - gets the save and the Mariners knock the Rangers out of first place in the AL West.
Seattle (45-42)now trails Los Angeles by four games.
It's a final: Mariners 4, Rangers