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Mariners Pregame: Opening Day lineups and starters matchup

UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez throws against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez throws against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)

Welcome back, baseball!

Game 1: Seattle Mariners at Houston Astros, 5:10 p.m. PT

Mariners

Astros

No.

Player

Pos.

No.

Player

Pos.

2

Jean Segura

SS

4

George Springer

CF

17

Mitch Haniger

RF

2

Alex Bregman

3B

22

Robinson Cano

2B

27

Jose Altuve

2B

23

Nelson Cruz

DH

1

Carlos Correa

SS

15

Kyle Seager

3B

15

Carlos Beltran

DH

26

Danny Valencia

1B

22

Josh Reddick

RF

12

Leonys Martin

CF

10

Yuli Gurriel

1B

3

Mike Zunino

C

16

Brian McCann

C

1

Jarrod Dyson

LF

3

Norichika Aoki

LF

Starters matchup: RHP Felix Hernandez (2016: 11-8, 3.82 ERA, 1.324 WHIP) vs. LHP Dallas Keuchel (2016: 9-12, 3.78 ERA, 1.286 WHIP)

Pregame Notes:

    Felix Hernandez needs three strikeouts tonight to move past Hall of Fame Lefty Grove (2,266) for 51st place on MLB’s all-time list.

  • Hernandez makes his club-record 10th opening day start and ninth in a row, the longest active streak in the majors.
  • Hernandez is 6-1 with a 1.49 ERA in those openers, but was 0-2, 8.10 ERA in two starts against Houston last season.
  • In 24 at-bats, Houston’s Jose Altuve owns a .542 batting average against Hernandez.
  • Nelson Cruz has three homers in 22 at-bats against Astros starter Dallas Keuchel.

  • The Mariners placed LHP Dillon Overton on the Paternity List and recalled RHP Chase De Jong from AAA Tacoma. Overton leaves the team to join his wife for the birth of their first child. In 2016, De Jong combined for a 15-5, 2.82 mark in 26 starts with AA Tulsa (14-5, 2.86 in 25 GS) and AAA Oklahoma City (1-0, 1.69 in 1 GS) in the Dodgers minor league system.
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