ARLINGTON -- Of all the Mariners who've been disrupted by the odd start to the season in Japan, Blake Beavan stands as the one with the craziest schedule.The 23-year-old makes his season debut Tuesday against his former Rangers team, and it will be just his second game action in more than three weeks, thanks to the travel to Tokyo. Because of the split start to the season, the Mariners used Felix Hernandez and Jason Vargas twice each in the first four games against the A's. Hector Noesi and Hisashi Iwakuma started exhibition games in Tokyo, and Kevin Millwood remained in Arizona to throw in Minor League outings. Beavan was brought along to Tokyo as insurance in case something happened to Hernandez or Vargas, but he wound up throwing several innings of a simulated game in Japan and has tossed a couple extra bullpen sessions since his return. His only live action since March 17 was 5 1/3 innings against the Royals on April 1 in a Cactus League contest after Seattle returned to Arizona. "I don't like taking that much time off, but you just have to deal with it," said Beavan. "I'm going to try to get the first one out of the way and go with everything I've got to try to come out on the positive side. It's always nice to get the first one out of the way to start the year and then get back into the routine." This will be a big start on several fronts for Beavan, who grew up in Irving, about 10 minutes from Rangers Ballpark, and attended dozens of Rangers games growing up. He was then drafted in the first-round by Texas in 2007 before getting traded to Seattle in 2010 in the Cliff Lee deal. "I'll have a lot of people there," Beavan said. "I can't wait to actually pitch in Arlington for the first time. I'll just try to keep the ball to left. Left field plays pretty good. Right field is a different story." Beavan pitched twice against Texas last year as a rookie, both times at Safeco Field, and went 1-1 with a 1.84 ERA. "I've had good success against them, but it's not like I've pitched against them 10-12 times," he said. "I still have some stuff I need to figure out against them and vice versa."
Luetge making most of his time
ARLINGTON -- Mariners Rule 5 Draft pick Lucas Luetge is proving to be efficient with his time. The young lefty made his Major League debut Saturday in Oakland and struck out Josh Reddick on three pitches in a key seventh-inning situation in Seattle's 8-7 win.Then he flew with the team to Dallas on Sunday and caught a quick 30-minute flight to Austin in order to visit his family in nearby Industry, a town of 300 in southeast Texas where his parents own a combination convenience store, gas station and car wash. Industry is a town with "one blinking red light," he said. A good percentage of the population was in Arlington for Monday night's game, with about 40 friends and relatives made the four-hour drive. The 24-year-old lefty had never pitched above Double-A ball with the Brewers, but proved his mettle with his first Major League test when called on with two on and one out in Oakland. "Three pitches, you couldn't ask for anything else, I guarantee you that," said Luetge. "I was surprised I wasn't as nervous as I thought I'd be. It was more just adrenaline and blood flowing. I had to calm myself down a little bit, just playing in front of that many people and the crowd was into it right then because it was a big situation. "So I kind of just got in the moment and zoned everything else out. I kind of surprised myself at being able to do that," he said. "Everything happened so quick that I wasn't even thinking about it. And once I got that first one over, it helped. I don't think I'll ever forget that moment." Manager Eric Wedge won't forget it either, the next time he needs to call on the youngster. "It was impressive," said Wedge. "You never know what you're going to get when a guy goes out there for the first time. Reddick is a good hitter and for him to go out there and get him out in three pitches in that situation, that was good for him. Nice to see it."
• Outfielders Mike Carp (sprained shoulder) and Franklin Gutierrez (partially torn pectoral muscle), both on the 15-day disabled list, could go out on Minor League rehab stints later this week if they continue progressing, manager Eric Wedge said. Carp won't need as much Minor League time as Gutierrez, who missed almost all of Spring Training, but Wedge said he would need some at-bats before he rejoins the team.• The Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers have had their own health issues with outfielders. Mike Wilson (strained groin) and Darren Ford (broken finger) both were placed on the disabled list Monday. Carlos Peguero is also day to day with a sore knee. To fill the void, outfielder Chih-Hsien Chiang was promoted from Double-A Jackson on Monday. • Former outfielder Mike Cameron will throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Mariners Opening Night on Friday against the A's for the 7:10 p.m. PT home debut. • Friday is also the first King's Court of the season with Felix Hernandez scheduled to start the game. The Opening Night price for tickets in the two special King's Court seating sections, 149-150, is $45, which includes a King's Court T-shirt and K Card.