As the Seattle Mariners start the long road back to what they hope is a successful rebuilding season in 2012, they're starting to gear up at their Spring Training facilities in Peoria, Arizona. On Friday, the team opted to play an intrasquad game.
Geoff Baker at The Seattle Times was kind enough to provide a live-blog of the intrasquad game. The competing Mariners lineups looked like this:
A few notable things about the game, which ended in a 3-3 tie. The dynamic of Figgins and Ford as opposing leadoff hitters is certainly intriguing (Figgins worked a long at-bat to lead off the game and ended up drawing two walks). Ichiro unofficially debuted as the numer-three hitter that we're to expect this season. This also marked the first time that top prospect Tijuan Walker faced off against major-league hitters. DH Brendan Ryan hit a home run off of Oliver Perez. Peguero had a triple.
This is just the slow burn leading up to real baseball, of course. Let's savor every sweet moment of it.
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