Perhaps some of the luster of today's showdown between the two Cactus League leaders has been lost with the Mariners' loss to the Brewers yesterday.
But when these two juggernauts hook up something like meaningless like a loss has little value. This will be Cactus League action at its finest. You should expect nothing less when a 10-2 team (Mariners) travels to face a 11-o-1 team (Royals).
Kidding aside, Felix Hernandez makes his Cactus League debut today. He will likely throw two innings. After that, Hisashi Iwakuma, Tom Wilhelmsen, Lucas Luetge, Carter Capps and Stephen Pryor will all make appearances. Iwakuma will likely go three innings.
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Down in Phoenix the Mariners will be going with this lineup. In split squad games, teams are required to start at least three "starters" on each team. Obviously, I will post the A's lineup when it becomes available. This will be a big outing for Maurer. Also scheduled to pitch are James Paxton, Brian Moran, Logan Bawcom and others.