The Seattle Mariners are 1-1 in the American League West and, having flown from Tokyo yesterday, will leap back into the Cactus League for five more games - starting tonight with a 6:05 p.m. game with San Diego.
Hold the applause.
It's hard to imagine players or fans being inspired by these games, although for Eric Wedge and his staff they're serious business - this team has to find ways to generate runs without two-thirds of it's projected outfield, Mike Carp and Franklin Gutierrez.
Yes, the Mariners offense was supposed to be improved, but not so much that losing two bats wouldn't hurt.
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There's other business to be conducted, too. On Monday, the Mariners minor-league camp breaks - with the Tacoma Rainiers and all other teams setting their rosters and heading out into the real world. What could change those rosters?
Last minute alterations to the Mariners roster later in the week.
Believe this: Wedge will harbor no lack of focus in camp. Keeping an edge alive for Friday and Saturday in Oakland is a big part of what these last five games will be about. Stay tuned. The lads don't come in for another hour or so.