BY SPNW Staff 02:07PM 03/27/2012

Mariners Establish Final Roster For Opening Day

The Seattle Mariners have set their roster for the 2012 season opener against the Oakland Athletics. The Mariners will play the A’s twice before resuming spring training.

Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik, left, and manager Eric Wedge, chatting in the Tokyo Dome, have set Seattle's 25-man, Opening Day roster. / Drew Sellers, Sportspress Northwest

The Seattle Mariners Tuesday announced their 25-man roster for the first two games of the regular season, both against the Oakland Athletics, both in Japan’s Tokyo Dome. The Mariners took 30 players to Japan, and have made several moves to reach the mandatory, 25-player limit by Opening Day, which will launch Wednesday at 3:10 a.m., Seattle time.

To get there, the Mariners optioned OF Carlos Peguero and RHP Chance Ruffin to AAA Tacoma; selected INF Munenori Kawasaki, RHP Kevin Millwood (still in Arizona) and RHP Erasmo Ramirez selected from Tacoma; designated Millwood, RHP Hisashi Iwakuma and RHP Hector Noesi as ineligible for the Japan Opening series.

The 25-man roster includes 14 pitchers (three of whom are ineligible to play against Oakland, three catchers, seven infielders and four outfielders. The youngest player on the team is RHP Erasmo Ramirez at 21 years, 10 months. The oldest is Ichiro at 38 years, 5 months.

Seattle Mariners 2012 Opening Day Roster

(Players in italics not eligible to play in Japan)

# Pitchers B/T Ht Wt DOB Hometown
49 Blake Beavan R-R 6-7 240 17-Jan-89 Irving, TX.
35 Steve Delabar R-R 6-5 220 17-Jul-83 Fort Knox, KY
41 Charlie Furbush L-L: 6-5 215 11-Apr-86 Portland, ME
34 Felix Hernandez R-R 6-3 230 8-Apr-86 Valenciz, VZ
18 Hisashi Iwakuma R-R 6-3 190 12-Apr-81 Tokyo, Japan
23 Shawn Kelley R-R 6-2 220 26-Apr-84 Louisville, KY
43 Brandon League R-R 6-2 210 16-Mar-83 Sacramento, CA.
25 Kevin Millwood R-R 6-2 210 16-Mar-83 Sacramento, CA.
44 Lucas Luetge L-L 6-4 205 24-Mar-87 Brenham, TX.
45 Hector Noesi R-R 6-3 200 26-Jan-87 Valverde, DR
50 Erasmo Ramirez R-R 6-0 180 29-Apr-76 Santa Ana, CA.
52 George Sherrill L-L 6-0 225 19-Apr-77 Memphis, TN.
38 Jason Vargas L-L 6-0 215 2-Feb-83 Apple Valley, CA.
54 Tom Wilhelmsen R-R 6-6 230 16-Dec-83 Tucson, AZ.
# Catchers B/T Ht Wt DOB Hometown
27 John Jaso L-R 6-2 205 19-Sep-83 Chula Vista, CA.
63 Jesus Montero R-R 6-3 235 28-Nov-89 Carabob, VZ
30 Miguel Olivo R-R 6-3 230 15-Jul-78 Villa Vasquez, DR
# Infielders B/T Ht Wt DOB Hometown
13 Dustin Ackley L-R 6-1 190 26-Feb-88 Winston-Salem, N.C.
9 Chone Figgins S-R 5-9 180 22-Jan-78 Leary, GA.
61 Munenori Kawasaki S-R 5-10 165 3-Jun-81 Kagoshima, JP
16 Alex Liddi R-R 6-4 230 14-Aug-88 San Remo, Italy
26 Brendan Ryan R-R 6-2 195 26-Mar-82 Los Angeles, CA.
15 Kyle Seager L-R 6-0 195 3-Nov-87 Charlotte, N.C.
17 Justin Smoak S-L 6-4 230 5-Dec-86 Goose Creek, SC.
# Outfielders B/T Ht Wt DOB Hometown
20 Mike Carp L-R 6-2 210 30-Jun-86 Long Beach, CA.
55 Michael Saunders L-R 6-4 215 19-Nov-86 Victoria, B.C.
51 Ichiro Suzuki L-R 5-11 170 22-Oct-73 Kobe, Japan
33 Casper Wells R-R 6-2 210 11-Nov-84 Grand Rapids, MI

*=Non-roster invitee


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