Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 3/21/12

PER Greg Johns blog over at MLBlogs.com today we've learned that skipper Eric Wedge has announced his starting rotation. The final rotation.

Wedge said his five-man rotation will be Felix Hernandez, Jason Vargas, Hector Noesi, Blake Beavan and Kevin Millwood.

Wedge said Noesi will start the first exhibition game in Japan on Monday, with Iwakuma starting the second game.

Hernandez and Vargas will pitch the two regular season games in Tokyo.

Quote: Johns states "Putting Iwakuma in the bullpen allowed the Mariners to keep Millwood after a strong spring by the 37-year-old." Wedge said he wouldn’t discuss bullpen or position player decisions until Thursday.

Here's a capsule look at the five starters, with links to their player/profile pages. (Click player name)

Kevin Millwood

Position Reliever
Height 6'4"
Weight 230 lbs
Birthdate December 24, 1974
Birthplace Gastonia, North Carolina
Bats Right
Throws Right

Jason Vargas

Position Starter
Height 6'0"
Weight 215 lbs
Birthdate February 2, 1983
Birthplace Apple Valley, California
College Long Beach State
Bats Left
Throws Left

Hector Noesi

Position Starter
Height 6'3"
Weight 200 lbs
Birthdate January 26, 1987
Birthplace Esperanza
Bats Right
Throws Right

Felix Hernandez

Position Starter
Height 6'3"
Weight 230 lbs
Birthdate April 8, 1986
Birthplace Valencia
Bats Right
Throws Right

Blake Beavan

Position Starter
Height 6'7"
Weight 240 lbs
Birthdate January 17, 1989
Birthplace Irving, Texas
Bats Right
Throws Right

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