The Seattle Mariners are getting close to their trip across the world to Japan to take on their last few exhibition games against the Hanshin Tigers and Yomiuri Giants and their first regular-season opener against the Oakland Athletics.
Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times noted that they'll be taking off around noon from Peoria, AZ, and had to cut the roster down to 30 to make the trek. Here's how it breaks down by position:
Pitchers (14): Blake Beavan, Steve Delabar, Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, Shawn Kelley, Brandon League, Hector Noesi, Erasmo Ramirez, Chance Ruffin, Tom Wilhelmsen, Charlie Furbush, Lucas Luetge, George Sherrill, Jason Vargas.
All 30 players will be eligible for the exhibition games, but will have to cut it to 28 for the regular season games. Only 25 of the 28 will be eligible to play in those games. All of the 28 players must also be placed the 40-man roster as well. Pitcher Kevin Millwood won't make the trip to continue with his training back in Arizona.
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