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Mariners, Athletics name starters for Tokyo series

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The Mariners and Athletics will kick off the regular season a week before the other 28 teams with a two-game series in Tokyo, Japan March 20 and 21. The clubs have announced their starters for both series.

For the Mariners, Marco Gonzales will start the first game, followed by Yusei Kikuchi. For the A’s, Mike Fiers will start the first game, followed by Brett Anderson.

Here’s a quick rundown of the players’ stats from last season:

  • Gonzales: 166 2/3 IP, 13-9, 4.00 ERA, 145 K, 32 BB
  • Kikuchi (Japan): 163 2/3 IP, 14-4, 3.08 ERA, 153 K, 45 BB
  • Fiers: 172 IP, 12-8, 3.56 ERA, 139 K, 37 BB
  • Anderson: 80 1/3 IP, 4-5, 4.48 ERA, 47 K, 13 BB

The regular season will kick off domestically on March 28. The first games, with 1:05 PM ET starts, will feature the Mets versus the Nationals and the Orioles versus the Yankees.

Carlos Martínez underwent ‘small procedure’ on right shoulder

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Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and StlToday.com, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.

Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.

Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.