Mariners Insider Blog

Mariners without Montero (ill) for Rangers opener vs. Darvish

A lineup with shortstop Brendan Ryan, but not Jesus Montero and the chance to guage the Seattle Mariners against a tough opponent - the Texas Rangers, who have been to back-to-back World Series.

International event tonight, as Yu Darvish makes his major league debut, and in the press box there are 200 credential Japanese media, the kind of thing Icihro produced early in his career. Tonight, Darvish will face Ichiro - and another Japanese rookie, infielder Munenori Kawasaki.

Catcher/DH Montero woke with an upset stomach this morning and isn't in the lineup. He's day-to-day,  and could potentially pinch hit.

So here we go: The Mariners vs.the Rangers atop the American League West. The lineup:

Chone Figgins LFDustin Ackley DHIchiro Suzuki RFJustin Smoak  1BKyle Seager 3BMichael Saunders CFMiguel Olivo CMunenori Kawasaki 2BBrendan Ryan  SSHector Noesi