Mariners set their 28-man roster for opening games

 Busy day again here in Tokyo, as I took an incredible bullet train trip to Sendai and then a bus ride through the tsunami-ravaged city of Ishinomaki with a group of journalists and some members of the Mariners and A’s, including Seattle manager Eric Wedge.

I’ll put a post up shortly with pictures from both the devastation and the kids clinic that the players put on with 100 young players who were thrilled to spend time with the Major Leaguers. But while we were on that journey, the Mariners announced their final 28-player roster for the two-game series with the A’s.

To get down to 28, outfielder Carlos Peguero and reliever Chance Ruffin were optioned to Triple-A Tacoma and catcher Guillermo Quiroz was reassigned to the Minor League camp.

Additionally, the Mariners selected three players on Minor Legue contracts — infielder Munenori Kawasaki and pitchers Kevin Millwood and Erasmo Ramirez. That puts those three on the 40-man roster, which is now full.

As expected, the Mariners will designate pitchers Millwood, Hiashashi Iwakuma and Hector Noesi as their three ineligible players for the Japan Opening Series, leaving them with a 25-man roster for the two games. The actual roster is at 28, so three more players will need to be moved before Seattle returns to regular-season play back in the States on April 6 in Oakland.

But for now, here are the remaining 28:

Starting pitchers:  Felix Hernandez, Jason Vargas, Blake Beavan, Noesi and Millwood.

Relievers: Steve Delabar, Shawn Kelley, Brandon League, Tom Wilhelmsen, Charlie Furbush, Lucas Luetge, George Sherrill, Iwakuma and Ramirez.

Catchers: Miguel Olivo, Jesus Montero, John Jaso.

Infielders: Justin Smoak, Dustin Ackley, Brendan Ryan, Chone Figgins, Kyle Seager, Alexi Liddi, Munenori Kawasaki.

 Outfielders: Mike Carp, Michael Saunders, Ichiro Suzuki, Casper Wells.

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