Today is the final opening day at the Metrodome. I went to a few games there when I spent a summer in Minneapolis. I appreciated the GA seating in the outfield. It gave me a great view of a Johan one hitter vs. the Mariners and allowed Randy Winn to definitely hear the mediocre insults I hurled at him. For no real reason. Anway, that storied rivalry picks back up tonight.
Felix Hernandez takes on Francisco Liriano in one of the most intriguing starter matchups of the day. With Ichiro out, Endy Chavez tops the order for the Mariners. That lineup also features the Mariner debuts of Mike Sweeney, Russell Branyan, and the return of Ken Griffey Jr. Amazingly, manager Don "Waka" Wakamatsu told Geoff Baker that the Mariners will probably use "between 120 and 130 lineups this year" and seemed proud of this fact. And who can blame him, what kind of baseball player thrives on continuity? Joe Crede makes his Twins debut.
|Endy Chavez, LF||Denard Span, CF|
|Franklin Guttierez, CF||Alexi Casilla, 2B|
|Mike Sweeney, DH||Michael Cuddyer, RF|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||Justin Morneau, 1B|
|Ken Griffey Jr., RF||Jason Kubel, DH|
|Jose Lopez, 2B||Joe Crede, 3B|
|Russell Branyan, 1B||Delmon Young, LF|
|Kenji Johjima, C||Mike Redmond, C|
|Yuniesky Betancourt, SS||Nick Punto, SS|