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Lineup posted for ‘exhibition’ exhibition

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Feb. 27, 2011 at 6:27 am with No Comments »
February 27, 2011 6:27 am
Ichiro Suzuki

Yes, for reasons no one has ever fully understood or explained, the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres kick off their spring with their annual charity game today – a game that the Cactus League says doesn’t count.

So, if Cactus League exhibition games aren’t all that important, what in the world is an exhibition exhibition game? Just how snooty is the Cactus League about this Mariners-Padres affair?

No stats from this game will count in the Cactus League. So there.

The Mariners will somehow overcome the snub, and here’s manager Eric Wedge’s first lineup:

Ichiro RF
Chone Figgins, 3B
Milton Bradley, DH
Justin Smoak, 1B
Adam Kennedy, 2B
Miguel Olivo, C
Michael Saunders, CF
Gabe Gross, LF
Jack Wilson, SS
Erik Bedard, P

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