The Mariners made a late pitching change, deciding to start Sugar Ray Marimon – yes, that’s his real name – over Bruce Chen. The expectation is that Chen is going to pitch in relief having lost his bid for the starting rotation. Marimon has never pitched above Double A.
Mariners starter Jeremy Bonderman will face a pretty decent line-up from the Royals today, only Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas are missing from the line-up. The Mariner are putting out a pretty representative line-up with only Jesus Montero and Michael Saunders excluded.
Franklin Gutierrez is back in center field and he could be a little busy today with Michael Morse in left field and Raul Ibanez in right field.