Considering the hype and attention that comes with a home opener, Seattle manager Eric Wedge wanted a veteran to take the mound for the Mariners.
Joe Saunders' career mark at Safeco Field certainly made him feel better, too.
Kendrys Morales drove in two runs in his Seattle home debut, Saunders rebounded from a rough first start to throw 6 1-3 shutout innings, and the Mariners debuted the new look of Safeco Field with a 3-0 win over the Houston Astros on Monday.
''Your home opener is always a big one and nice to see him go out there and set the tone and pitch and I've been really encouraged by his strength the first couple of outings,'' Wedge said. ''His secondary stuff was obviously better tonight. Just did a great job.''
Monday night brought an opportunity for the first look at Seattle's redesigned field dimensions and its new giant video screen.
After being one of the most unfriendly hitters' parks, the Mariners made changes to the outfield in an effort to make the park fair ...