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March 5, 2008 8:00 AM

Doubleheader today

Posted by Jose Romero

Sort of. The Mariners play their first and perhaps only minor-league game of the spring. They could schedule another down the road but it's not certain.

Following that game, it's the regularly scheduled spring training affair against those hated Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Is that what they are now? Or is it just the Los Angeles Angels? There's only one team in L.A. for my money, and as much as I like what Arte Moreno has done, it's the Dodgers.

Anyway, last year's first-round draft pick, Phillippe Aumont, is scheduled to pitch this morning. I'll have some details later in the day but now I have to do the walk, as Morris Day and the Time spoke of in a song from the 1980s, to the Padres' section of the complex here in Peoria.

Before I go, let's take a look at the regular-heavy lineups for today's big-league game. M's manager John McLaren talked this week about wanting to win this game and told a story of how the Angels brought two busloads of players to a game against Seattle in spring training one year in Peoria, and then-manager Lou Piniella asked McLaren, his bench coach at the time, why so many.

"They want to win," McLaren said. "That's what it's all about."

McLaren intends to send a similar message to the Angels, that the Mariners intend to reverse the trend of Angels' more recent dominance of them. L.A. was 13-6 vs. Seattle in 2007.

Lineups here:
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (3-2):
9 Chone Figgins 3B
24 Gary Matthews Jr. RF
27 Vladimir Guerrero DH
48 Torii Hunter CF
16 Garret Anderson LF
47 Howie Kendrick 2B
39 Robb Quinlan 1B
5 Jeff Mathis C
6 Maicer Izturis SS

90 Nick Adenhart RHP

Other Pitchers:
94 Henry Bonilla RHP
52 Jason Bulger RHP
66 Jose Arredondo RHP
86 Steve Marek RHP
83 Darren O'Day RHP

Seattle Mariners (2-3):
51 Ichiro Suzuki CF
5 Yuniesky Betancourt SS
28 Raul Ibanez LF
44 Richie Sexson 1B
6 Brad Wilkerson RF
2 Kenji Johjima C
10 Greg Norton DH
4 Jose Lopez 2B
16 Willie Bloomquist 3B

45 Erik Bedard LHP

Other Pitchers:
20 J.J. Putz RHP
35 Brandon Morrow RHP
54 Sean Green RHP
58 Cha Seung Baek RHP

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