And so it begins … here come the Angels

That fierce AL West rivalry that is the Mariners-Angels begins anew today as Seattle heads to Tempe to face, gulp, Jered Weaver on the mound in today’s Cactus League action.

Manager Eric Wedge is gearing up for the battle by bringing at least most of his main troops. The Chone Figgins center field experiment continues, so that will be worth watching as Figgins faces his former team.

And catcher Jesus Montero is back in the lineup after sitting out two days following a bout with what the youngster said this morning was a bout with the flu.

Here’s today’s full lineup for the 12:05 p.m. PT game, which will be on radio on a delayed basis at 7 p.m. tonight on 710 ESPN Seattle.

Chone Figgins CF
Dustin Ackley 2B
Kyle Seager 3B
Jesus Montero C
Mike Carp
Miguel Olivo DH
Michael Saunders RF
Brendan Ryan SS
Luis Rodriguez 1B

Blake Beavan RHP

The Mariners have also finalized their pitching plans through Saturday. It’ll be Kevin Millwood getting the start Thursday against the Cubs in Mesa, with Jason Vargas making his second Cactus League start Friday in Peoria vs. the D-backs.

Saturday is a split-squad day, with Hishashi Iwakuma starting the 12:05 p.m. PT game against the Dodgers in Peoria and young Erasmo Ramirez drawing the start in the 6:10 p.m. PT nightcap against Arizona at Salt River Fields.

Ramirez will be followed by Danny Hultzen, Taijuan Walker and James Paxton in that game as the four young pups are on display in their first official Cactus League action after all pitching in a ‘B’ game on Monday.

Former catcher Dan Wilson arrived in camp this morning, joining the growing list of former players who’ve dropped in to lend a hand and talk to the young players. Ken Griffey Jr. and Jay Buhner are also around.

Sadly, Edgar Martinez arrived on Monday but had to leave Tuesday after learning his father had died. Condolences to Edgar, one of the true gentlemen of the sport.

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