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Spring Game Thread #6: A’s at Mariners

AL West spring showdown

Oakland Athletics v Texas Rangers - Game One Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Saturday brings more Cactus League action! This time the Oakland A’s face the Seattle Mariners, looking to return to the .500 mark, or not, no big deal in spring training.

The A’s open with pitching prospect Daulton Jefferies on the mound, No. 5 on our Community Prospect List. The right-hander threw a scoreless inning in Oakland’s spring opener and looked absolutely brilliant, needing only nine pitches to retire the side.

Among the relievers following him will be J.B. Wendelken, lefty Reymin Guduan, Montana DuRapau, Wandisson Charles, and Miguel Romero, per Matt Kawahara of the S.F. Chronicle. Guduan and DuRapau are minor league free agent signings, while Charles and Romero are 40-man roster members and Charles is No. 21 on our Community Prospect List.

Seattle answers with Justin Dunn. The 25-year-old right-hander was around league-average in 10 starts last season, and is a former Top 100 prospect.

First pitch is (was) 12:10 p.m. PT. You can listen to the radio broadcast for free online at A’s Cast.

A’s lineup (away)

  1. 2B Tony Kemp (L)
  2. 3B Vimael Machin (L)
  3. DH Chad Pinder (R)
  4. 1B Seth Brown (L)
  5. LF Cody Thomas (L)
  6. C Carlos Perez (C)
  7. RF Greg Deichmann (L)
  8. CF Luis Barrera (L)
  9. SS Nick Allen (R)
  • RHP Daulton Jefferies

More of a bench/prospect crew today, after a lot of starters played yesterday. Good to see as many at-bats as possible for Machin and Brown as they compete for roster spots. Also fun to see prospects Allen, Barrera, Deichmann, and Thomas get starts.

Mariners lineup (home)

  1. SS J.P. Crawford (L)
  2. RF Mitch Haniger (R)
  3. 3B Kyle Seager (L)
  4. 1B Evan White (R)
  5. C Tom Murphy (R)
  6. 2B Dylan Moore (R)
  7. CF Taylor Trammell (L)
  8. DH Luis Torrens (R)
  9. LF Luis Liberato (L)
  • RHP Justin Dunn

Good to see Haniger healthy and back in action, after missing 2020 and most of 2019.

Let’s go Oakland!