Mariners Tidbit 5: Cruz Has Spoken

Not that I’m going to go all gaga over a Nelson Cruz spring training home run, but when I heard he rifled one out yesterday, I did a little happy dance in my mind.  My God, this needs to work out!  I don’t think I can take one more disappointing season!  IS THERE NO RELIEF???

The story of yesterday – a 9-4 blow out of the Padres – just so happened to be the middle of the order (3-4-5, Cano-Cruz-Seager) going 6 for 9 with a double, a homer, 3 runs scored, and 3 RBI.  If this is what we can expect on the reg, sign me up right now.

Brad Miller ended up going 0 for 1 with a walk.

Short Stop Battle Advantage:  Brad Miller, slightly

Roenis Elias got the start and ended up going 2 innings, giving up 3 hits, 1 walk, and no runs.

Fifth Starter Battle Advantage:  Taijuan Walker

In Interesting Non-Roster Invitee News, Patrick Kivlehan jacked a homer and batted in three runs.  Joe Saunders appeared to get some work in at the end, going 1 inning, giving up 2 hits (including a solo homer), walking 1 and striking out 1.  Inauspicious to say the least.

In Player Personnel News, Ji-Man Choi was DFA’d to make room for some reliever the Rangers claimed off of waivers, but then gave back because he’s injured.  Odds are, Choi will pass through waivers and rehab in Tacoma all year, so hopefully it works out.

Erasmo Ramirez gets the start today.  He is ABSOLUTELY going to need to make the best of every single opportunity if he hopes to stick.  Weeks will see some action in left, Ruggiano will see some action in center, Guti gets the start at DH, Montero will start at first, Taylor is in at short, and Willie B gets his first reps in at second base.  We’re not exactly surrounding Ramirez with the most dynamic defense in the world, so GOOD LUCK BUDDY!

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