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Update: Game Thread: 22 FEB Padres vs. Mariners CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN

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Let’s start the Cactus League off right...

MLB: San Diego Padres-Media Day Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Alright, folks, it’s official. Baseball is back. Our Padres face off against our “natural rivals” the Seattle Mariners to kick off Cactus League action. Cal Quantrill will take the mound first, going up against LHP Nestor Cortes of the Mariners. Cal will be followed by Michel Baez and Javy Guerra, amongst other Padre Pitchers.

Game Time: 1210 PST.

Location: Peoria Stadium in Peoria, AZ.

Radio/TV: Padres broadcast on KWFN 97.3; Mariners on 710 ESPN.

Weather Forecast: 60% chance of rain at game time (100% chance in the morning); 65 degrees Fahrenheit; winds out of the ENE at 5-10 MPH.

While it looks doubtful the game will get underway today, let’s just enjoy the fact that BASEBALL IS BACK!

Go Padres!

UPDATE:

Here’s the starting lineup:

Update #2: Today’s game cancelled due to the rain. Sorry folks.

Looks like we’ll have to try again tomorrow, when newly acquired Zach Davies will take the mound for the Friars against his former team, the Brewers.

Here’s hoping the weather gods smile benevolently upon us.