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Opening Series: M's @ Minnesota:
25 man roster:Monday 4/6 @ 5:05pm; Hernandez vs Liriano. FSN-Northwest
Tuesday 4/7 @ 5:05; Erik Bedard vs Nick Blackburn. FSN-Northwest
Wednesday 4/8 @ 5:05; Carlos Silva vs Kevin Slowey. FSN-Northwest
Thursday 4/9 @ 10:10a.m. Jarrod Washburn vs Glen Perkins FSN-NW
PITCHERS (12) RHP David Aardsma, RHP Miguel Batista, LHP Erik Bedard, RHP Roy Corcoran, RHP Felix Hernandez, RHP Chris Jakubauskas, RHP Shawn Kelley, RHP Mark Lowe, RHP Brandon Morrow, LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith, RHP Carlos Silva, LHP Jarrod Washburn.
CATCHERS (2): Kenji Johjima, Rob Johnson.
INFIELDERS (7): Adrian Beltre, Yuniesky Betancourt, Russell Branyan, Ronny Cedeno, Jose Lopez, Mike Sweeney, Matt Tuiasosopo.
OUTFIELDERS (4): Wladimir Balentien, Endy Chavez, Ken Griffey Jr., Franklin Gutierrez. 15-day DL: Ichiro.
Ichiro will be due off the DL April 15th, which will be the middle game of the Angel series in the first homestand. With the day of Monday the 13th, Ichiro will miss eight (8) games. The 15 day DL sounds scary, but Ichiro's stay is retroactive to March 31st and it doesn't look too bad.
My guy, Matt Tuiasosopo, made the big club, after a big Spring. He deserves it. I'm pulling for him. Ryan Rowland-Smith made the starting rotation, after working his way thru the bullpen from mop up, situational lefty and starter the past couple of years. Way to go ! Others making the club are Mike Sweeney, who was signed to a minor league contract in January, David Aardsma, who the M's picked up from Boston for lefty, Fabian Williamson, and Chris Jakubauskas, who I believe was an invite to Spring Training. Certainly this roster is not etched in stone and we can expect many changes this year. The M's have question marks in the bullpen, in the rotation and will the offense score enough runs and will the two old guys hold up. The defense appears to be better, but dispite all the talk about Yuniesky Betancourt getting pushed a SS, it appears he will start the year there and bat ninth.