Befitting a gent beginning his 10-year draw on a quarter-billion dollars, Robinson Cano was in a fine mood before the Mariners' home opener Tuesday night against the Angels.
"This team can compete with anybody, not only in our division, but in the league," said Cano, surrounded by a couple of dozen media types in the pre-game dugout. "In the past, everybody saw this team as young kids that needed to learn and grow. Now it's different. Now we're in a different place, and that's not something your rivals want to see."