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Kuo Set For Debut, Loney Back Too, As Dodgers Face Mariners

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Hong-Chih Kuo is scheduled to make his long-awaited spring debut today, and luckily the game is televised, as the Dodgers battle the Mariners at Camelback Ranch. Kuo missed a lot of time last spring, pitching all of two innings in Cactus League play (he retired all six batters he faced of course, striking out two). He began the season on the disabled list with a sore left elbow, but ended up pitching 60 innings on the season, with the lowest ERA in Dodgers franchise history.

James Loney also returns today, after missing four days with a swollen left knee. The first eight of today's Dodger lineup today will most likely be the opening day lineup, minus the designated hitter of course.

UPDATE: Andre Ethier was a late scratch; Gabe Kapler is in right field in his place.


Mariners   Dodgers
RF Ichiro SS Furcal
3B Figgins 3B Blake
CF Gutierrez RF Kapler
DH Cust DH Kemp
1B Kennedy 1B Loney
2B Ja.Wilson 2B Uribe
LF Saunders LF Gibbons       
C Bard C Barajas
SS Jo.Wilson       CF Gwynn

Jon Garland makes his second start of the spring, and will be followed by Kuo, Ramon Troncoso, and Jon Huber.

Doug Fister gets the start on the mound for Seattle. Other pitchers listed by the Mariners as available to pitch today are David Pauley, Brandon League, Garrett Olson, Dan "Mimbo" Cortes, Edward Paredes, Royce Ring, and Chaz Roe.


Game Time: 12:05 p.m. PST

TV: Prime Ticket (DodgerTalk hosts Joe Block and Josh Suchon will call today's game)

MLB Gameday