Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 1/14/13
M’s Open In Oakland Opening Day vs. A’s the defending AL West champs, who will be in the lineup you ask? Spring in the air, sunshine and the smell of sunflower seeds cover the field as the Seattle Mariners prepare for game 1 of 162. At least, the weather will probably be this nice in Oakland for day one, so it will be a great way to start the season. The summer may bring changes, but the 25-man lineup is set, and this is what the Mariners lineup will look like two and a half months from now. Leadoff: 2B Dustin Ackley At this moment, if I could only have Ackley or Kyle Seager, I would take the 3B. The former # 2 overall pick is still young with a lot of promise, let’s hope he takes advantage of the leadoff spot this year with better offensive numbers. Please forgive this comment: Would you give up Ackley, Taijuan Walker, Franklin Gutierrez, and Justin Smoak for the Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton? I think I would, and then bring up Nick Franklin to split second with offseason acquisition ...
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