Mariners manager Eric Wedge is all set to return to his house Thursday night, for the first time in nearly 21/2 months.
From Washington state to Arizona, to Japan, back to Arizona, to California, to Texas and finally back to the Pacific Northwest, Seattle's two-month, transcontinental spring training/opening road trip will finally come to an end Friday night when it hosts Oakland.
"I was just talking to my wife - we've been gone forever," Wedge said.
All the traveling has been taxing on the players and coaches. But the Mariners are off to a respectable 4-4 start considering the circumstances surrounding a road trip that started in Asia and concluded in Texas.
Some of the excitement about Seattle's start was tempered by dropping three of four in Texas, but the Mariners will play the next nine games at home. Oakland, Cleveland and the Chicago White Sox come to town for three games apiece before the Mariners head out on the road again.
The Mariners completed their opening road tri...