Originally written on 22gigantes  |  Last updated 3/11/12

It’s a battle of the two hottest teams in the desert today as the San Francisco Giants (6-3-1) send left-hander Eric Surkamp to the hill to face Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners (7-2) at Scottsdale Stadium.

Surkamp, 24, will make his first spring start. He has made two relief appearances so far, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks in 4.1 innings. The 2011 Double-A All-Star will likely start the season at Fresno (AAA).

Hernandez, who won the AL Cy Young Award in 2010, will make his second Cactus League start. He looked very sharp in his debut against the Reds last Tuesday, tossing three hitless innings while striking out four.

Perhaps the bigger story of this game is the debut of San Francisco closer Brian Wilson, who was troubled by elbow problems late last year. The Giants medical staff has been easing B-Weez back into shape this spring and the bearded one is finally ready to take the mound against live hitters (as opposed to dead ones…rim shot). He’ll throw about 25 pitches.

Buster Posey is also expected to return to the lineup today and play about four innings.

The game, which can be heard on KNBR 680, starts at 1:05 p.m. (PT).

Today’s starting lineups…

San Francisco (6-3-1):
1. Pagan (cf)
2. Cabrera (lf)
3. Sandoval (3b)
4. Posey (c)
5. Huff (DH)
6. Belt (1b)
7. Theriot (ss)
8. Blanco (rf)
9. Burriss (2b)

Starting pitcher: Surkamp (0-1, 8.31)

Pre-game notes: Besides Wilson, also scheduled to pitch today for the Giants are Clay Hensley, Jeremy Affeldt, and Daniel Otero … The Giants are Mariners split their two Cactus League meetings last year … In the “Who are these guys and what did they do with my Giants?” category, San Francisco leads all major league teams this spring with a .325 batting average. They’re 3rd with a .396 on-base percentage, 2nd in slugging (.541), 1st in OPS (.918), 2nd in runs scored (66), 1st in total hits (114), 1st in doubles (29), 3rd in triples (4), 2nd in home runs (13), 8th in walks (29), and 5th in stolen bases (11) … The Giants have 66 players on their Cactus League roster (39 roster players, 27 non-roster invitees). Here’s the breakdown of the spring roster: 33 pitchers (16 non-roster invitees), 7 catchers (3 non-roster invitees), 16 infielders (4 non-roster invitees) and 10 outfielders (4 non-roster invitees).

Innings by position: Below are the number of innings that each player has logged at his position(s), through the Giants’ first 10 Cactus League games.

C — Stewart (23),  Whiteside (22), H. Sanchez (15), J. Williams (10), Susac (8), Joseph (6), Posey (2)
1B — Pill (34), Belt (21), Huff (16), Dominguez (10), Oropesa (3), Anders (3)
2B — Burriss (19), Theriot (18), Fontenot (15), Panik (14), Noonan (12), Arias (9)
3B — Gillaspie (40), Sandoval (32), Dominguez (12), Noonan (3)
SS — Crawford (33), Arias (23), Adrianza (12), Theriot (11), Burriss (4), Panik (4)
LF — Christian (24), Cabrera (21), Graham (8), Perez (8), Belt (6), Burriss (5), Huff (5), Parker (5), Pill (5)
CF — Pagan (28), Brown (23), Blanco (14), Graham (12), Cabrera (10)
RF — Schierholtz (27), Blanco (14), Kieschnick (14), Perez (10), Belt (10), Graham (9), Parker (3)




I hope you enjoyed reading "Surkamp faces King Felix today." I'm interested in your opinion on this article. Why not leave a comment at 22gigantes.com?


GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: Pedro Martinez's number retired in ceremony

Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia suspended 162 games for PEDs

Brady told staff to hand copy of game ball rules to officials

Phillies agree to send Jonathan Papelbon to Nationals

Report: Russell Wilson to end contract negotiations Friday

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Brady authorizes NFLPA to appeal his case in court

NFL, NFLPA reduce Le'Veon Bell suspension

Tim Brown: Cardinals new coach Jen Welter is 'tough as nails'

NFL seeks federal court ruling to confirm Brady’s suspension

Royals reportedly acquire Ben Zobrist from Athletics

Dallas Cowboys officially release RB Ryan Williams

Lou Holtz: ND has 'legitimate chance' to make playoff

Golfer Billy Hurley III asks for help finding missing father

Dismissed Clemson DE tweets he hates cops after arrest

Smith to report to camp, no charges filed for child abuse

Angels stockpile outfielders, acquire Murphy and DeJesus

Penguins trade Brandon Sutter to the Canucks

Ronda Rousey willing to fight Miesha Tate a third time

Mexico fires coach for alleged brawl after Gold Cup win

Jameis Winston: Back at a good weight heading into camp

Shaq on Scottie Pippen beef: 'I don't let bums disrespect me'

Five NFL players who will take a step back in 2015

Jets won't hesitate to bench Geno Smith if he struggles

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

NFL upholds Tom Brady's suspension, legal battle likely

Cardinals hire first female NFL coach

Larry Bird: Michael Jordan would kill me in 1-on-1 now

Seau family: HOF broke their word

Kobe to see time at power forward next year

Mike Pettine not ruling out Manziel

Galette appears to unload on Payton

Dez Bryant in 'financial distress' before signing new deal

Top 10 CFB coaches on the hot seat

Was Popovich close to retiring last year?

Kyle Busch continues historic run with Brickyard win

WATCH: Mike Trout HR lands in 'Trout Net'

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker