History at Safeco … and I missed it!

Yeah, history happened yesterday at Safeco Field … and I missed it. After two months on the road for Spring Training, Tokyo and a season-opening road trip, the boss was nice enough to give me a few days off during the opening homestand and one of them happened to be Saturday … when Philip Humber threw a perfect game against the Mariners.

MLB.com veteran Doug Miller filled in capably for me, so no worries there. But the real behind-the-scenes story to me is that White Sox beat writer Scott Merkin also happened to be off — having skipped the Seattle road swing for his team — so we have my new Mariners associate reporter Josh Liebeskind filling in on the White Sox all three games.

That would normally be a difficult-enough task for a young guy who just graduated from the University of Washington and had a grand total of one week of training. But to get a perfect game — just the 21st in Major League history — thrown at him on the third game story he’d written for MLB.com? Well, that’s unbelievable.

And the kid handled it beautifully. Here’s his game story for the front of MLB.com. Great stuff for any writer.

And, yeah, I’m just a little jealous I missed out on history! But back at the park today as the Mariners try to turn things around.

Justin Smoak is out of the lineup today as he’s been battling that sore hamstring, so that’s not a big surprise.

Here’s the full lineup today:

Chone Figgins CF
Dustin Ackley 2B
Ichro Suzuki RF
Jesus Montero DH
Alex Liddi 1B
Kyle Seager 3B
Miguel Olivo C
Casper Wells LF
Brendan Ryan SS

Kevin Millwood P

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