Mariners Game Preview: Cody Martin makes first start this Spring

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Cody Martin will make a rare start on Tuesday afternoon when the Mariners take on the Angels in Tempe, AZ.

Today the Seattle Mariners (7-8) will face regular season division opponent, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (7-6). RHP Cody Martin (0-0  3.60 ERA) will be making his first start for the Mariners, in place of Wade Miley. The Angels will send out LHP Andrew Heaney (0-0 0.00). First pitch is scheduled 1:10 PM.

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This will be Martin’s third appearance for the Mariners this spring. His other two appearances have shown that Martin will mostly likely be starting the season in Tacoma as a reliever. He has bounced around a few different organizations, and is still trying to find some solid ground with one team. His first appearance was early in the spring, pitching two scoreless innings, striking out one and only giving up one single. His second appearance looks worrisome on the surface (2 ER, 2 BB, 3 H). After giving up those initial hits he retired the last seven batters, registering four strikeouts.

Andrew Heaney had an up and down year in 2015, and is looking to improve on his first year of meaningful action. He has only started and appeared in one game this spring, pitching two innings and registering one strikeout. Heaney should be a starter this year for the Angels.

Closer Steve Cishek (biceps) threw a bullpen yesterday after feeling soreness in his arm. He will pitch an inning in Thursday’s game against Oakland. Seth Smith has tightness in his left groin muscle after tweaking it during his triple in yesterday’s game, but should be fine after a few days. Tony Zych is back after dealing with food poisoning on Monday. Catcher Steve Clevenger is still out with the flu. Scott Servais also said today that reliever Evan Scribner will most likely not be ready for opening day.

Here are the lineups for today’s game:

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Stefen Romero, who continues to have a great spring, is starting at first base today. Servais has mentioned that Romero is “in the mix” for the first base competition. Equally hot this spring, Dan Robertson, will make the start in right field. Chris Taylor will get the nod at second base today, continuing his trek to become the Mariners utility infielder in 2016.

Today’s game in Tempe will be broadcast on Fox Sports West, and MLB.tv subscribers can watch on connected devices. Fans in the Pacific Northwest can listen to a delayed radio broadcast on 710 ESPN.

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Follow SoDo Mojo on twitter for live updates throughout today’s action, and check back for the game recap after the final out of today’s game is recorded. Go Mariners!

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