Youth will be served today in Mariners bullpen

Today is unofficial kid’s day for the Mariners as a bunch of their best and brightest young arms will get their first Cactus League test against the Texas Rangers in a 12:05 p.m. PT game at Peoria Stadium.

Veteran Nate Robertson will start and is scheduled for two innings. After that comes the pups, with Blake Beavan — the big youngster acquired in the Cliff Lee deal — slated to pitch the next two innings against his former team.

Then comes an inning for Josh Lueke — also acquired in the Lee swap — and Dan Cortes, with both those rookies looking to show better than they did in last week’s intrasquad game when nerves were running high.

Jose Flores, the 21-year-old rookie acquired in the Rule 5 draft, will also get his first shot later in the game. Also scheduled are veterans Royce Ring and Tom Wilhelmsen.

In case you’re wondering, the Mariners top young prospect, Michael Pineda, will make his debut Wednesday against Arizona in a road game at the new Salt River Fields at Talking Stick facility in Scottsdale.

Here is today’s Mariners lineup:

Ichiro Suzuki RF
Chone Figgins 3B
Milton Bradley LF
Jack Cust DH
Miguel Olivo C
Adam Kennedy 1B
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Dustin Ackley 2B
Jack Wilson SS
Nate Robertson P

1 Comment

I can’t wait to see Pineda throw tomorrow. I’ve been
generaly pleased with what I’ve seen overall from the players. Especially trom some of the younger generation! I’d love to continue to see some agressive ball and continue to remain unbeaten in cactus league play ;-)

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