The Seattle Mariners have invaded what some in sports consider The Evil Empire, and so far all that’s happened is their hitters have taken early batting practice – and the media is piling up to spot Jesus Montero.
Montero, you’ll remember, was a Yankees phenom until he was traded for the ace-in-waiting, Michael Pineda this off-season. Pineda has undergone season-ending surgery, Montero is catching and batting cleanup tonight.
Yes, they’ll talk to another ex-Yankee, Hector Noesi, if they have to, but writers want Montero – as quiet a player as the Mariners have. Should be interesting.
Meanwhile, there are ex-Mariners everywhere – Raul Ibanez, Freddy Garcia, Rafael Soriano and Alex Rodriguez.
Three days, three games in the Bronx, including a matchup against Andy Petitte on Sunday.
Here’s tonight’s lineup vs. New York:
Dustin Ackley 2B
Brendan Ryan SS
Jesus Montero C
Kyle Seager 3B
John Jaso DH
Justin Smoak 1B
Mike Carp LF
Michael Saunders CF