Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 3/22/12
Today the Seattle Mariners announced their starting rotations going into the start of the 2012 season in Tokyo, Japan.  Felix Hernandez and Jason Vargas were, of course, the number one and two starters, respectively.  The real drama was the last three spots for the rotations that were fiercely competed by five pitchers: Blake Beavan, Hector Noesi, Kevin Millwood, Hisash Iwakuma, and young prospect Erasmo Ramirez.  Ramirez will most likely be starting the season in Triple A and the other three spots were given to Beavan, Noesi, and Millwood, thus forcing Iwakuma into the bullpen. Of the four pitchers that are breaking camp for the Mariners, Iwakuma struggled the most this spring, giving up eight runs (five of which were earned) in twelve innings pitched.  When Greg John from MLB.com asked Wedge about the decision, he stated: “Quite frankly, I think that’s the best way to transition him this year with the history he had last year with the health and what not, introducing him to thi...
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