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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 9, 2008 12:58 PM

Top Gun

Posted by Jose Romero

I couldn't help but think of that movie as these jet fighters roared above Tucson Electric Park during the Mariners' pregame warmups. One jet zipped low above the stadium and cause infield practice to be interrupted, as everyone stopped and stared skyward.

Maverick and Goose and Iceman and Slider were up there trying to shoot down some bogeys or something.
I believe there is an Air Force installation nearby, actually. And yes, I know that Top Gun is based on Navy planes.

Greetings to all from Tucson, where the Mariners are taking on the defending NL West champion Arizona Diamondbacks at their spring training home. I'm now on the same clock time as everyone in Seattle and the Northwest, as Arizona doesn't change its clocks all year.

Mariners manager John McLaren is here along with most of the team's coaching staff. Only bench coach Jim Riggleman and hitting coach Jeff Pentland are not -- Riggleman is managing the split-squad game in Maryvale and Pentland stayed behind for some dental work.

McLaren said some roster decisions are forthcoming, perhaps by the end of the three-day Tucson trip, but didn't tip his hand.

Here's the lineups for today:

Mariners (ss) at Diamondbacks

Seattle Mariners (4-5):
8 Jeremy Reed CF
5 Yuniesky Betancourt SS
10 Greg Norton 1B
6 Brad Wilkerson RF
2 Kenji Johjima C
12 Mike Morse LF
4 Jose Lopez 2B
78 Matt Tuiasosopo 3B
26 Horacio Ramirez LHP

Other Pitchers:
46 Sean White RHP
58 Cha Seung Baek RHP
60 Joe Woerman RHP
68 Stephen Kahn RHP
74 Philip Barzilla LHP
79 Phillippe Aumont RHP

Arizona Diamondbacks (5-6):
22 Eric Byrnes LF
1 Orlando Hudson 2B
34 Conor Jackson 1B
24 Chris Young CF
19 Chris Snyder C
10 Justin Upton RF
2 Chris Burke SS
11 Augie Ojeda 3B
17 Brandon Webb RHP

And here's the lineups for the Maryvale split-squad game:

Mariners (ss) at Brewers

Seattle Mariners (4-5):
51 Ichiro Suzuki CF
3 Jose Vidro DH
28 Raul Ibanez LF
44 Richie Sexson 1B
29 Adrian Beltre 3B
50 Wladimir Balentien RF
13 Miguel Cairo 2B
15 Jamie Burke C
16 Willie Bloomquist SS
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43 Miguel Batista RHP

Other Pitchers:
18 Ryan Rowland-Smith LHP
48 Roy Corcoran RHP
49 Jake Woods LHP
59 Eric O'Flaherty LHP
66 Robert Rohrbaugh LHP
76 Brodie Downs RHP

Milwaukee Brewers (6-4):
23 Rickie Weeks 2B
25 Mike Cameron CF
7 J.J. Hardy SS
8 Ryan Braun LF
27 Joe Dillon 3B
33 Gabe Kapler RF
65 Brad Nelson 1B
20 Laynce Nix DH
11 Mike Rivera C
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46 Claudio Vargas RHP

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