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Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He provides daily coverage of the team throughout spring training, and during the season.

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March 1, 2008 8:52 AM

Getting set for Game 2

Posted by Jose Romero

The Mariners (1-0) have yet to play their spring home opener, even though they are playing in Peoria at their complex today. The San Diego Padres (0-1)are the home team. It's Felix Hernandez vs. Randy Wolf.

Before I continue, let me say that I will not be putting up video or audio or photos on the blog because I'm not equipped to do so. I know a lot of you enjoy that aspect of this blog and it very much enhances it, but all the "cool' stuff will take a hiatus until Geoff gets back. I appreciate your understanding.

Anyway, let's look at the starting lineup for Seattle today:

1. Ichiro CF
2. Jose Vidro DH
3. Greg Norton 1B
4. Adrian Beltre 3B
5. Brad Wilkerson RF
6. Mike Morse LF
7. Jose Lopez 2B
8. Jamie Burke C
9. Willie Bloomquist SS

Horacio Ramirez is expected to be the first pitcher out of the bullpen to relief Hernandez today. He's trying to make the team as a long reliever now that his spot in the starting rotation is gone for now.

"He's going to get a lot of opportunities," manager John McLaren said. "We're going to give him every opportunity to see where he fits on the staff. He's going to get a chance to pitch on a regular basis and he'll get some innings."

Another note: Mark Lowe, who is coming back from arm surgery, said he is throwing to live hitters tomorrow.
Chris Reitsma and Arthur Rhodes will do the same in the next couple of days.

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