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Rockies vs. Mariners GameThread: The last one that doesn't count

The Rockies and Mariners will trot out their best players -- for a few innings, at least -- in the final preseason tune up on Saturday in Salt Lake City.

SALT LAKE CITY -- Above all else, Walt Weiss just wants to keep his guys healthy.

"We're hoping for an uneventful game," Weiss quipped during the Rockies' batting practice session prior to their game against the Seattle Mariners at Spring Mobile Ballpark.

"We'll get our work in and get our guys a couple of at-bats, but we want to get through it without any issues," said Weiss. With the exception of Eric Young Jr., who will fill the designated hitter spot, the Rockies will trot out what figures to be their opening day lineup against Seattle's Brandon Maurer.

Jeff Francis takes the mound for the Rockies, and he'll try to put a cap on what has been a solid spring for the veteran southpaw. Francis enters the game with a 2.70 ERA and a K/BB ratio of better than 6-to-1. He will go up against what is likely the Mariners' starting squad, which features new acquisitions Kendrys Morales and Michael Morse.

A sold-out crowd of 15,500 is expected in Salt Lake City. All seats were sold out in a 43-minute span when they went on sale a few months ago, according to the Rockies' public relations department.



Franklin Gutierrez CF
Michael Saunders RF
Kendrys Morales DH
Michael Morse LF
Kyle Seager 3B
Justin Smoak 1B
Jesus Montero C
Dustin Ackley 2B
Brendan Ryan SS

Brandon Maurer P


Eric Young Jr. DH
Dexter Fowler CF
Carlos Gonzalez LF
Troy Tulowitzki SS
Michael Cuddyer RF
Todd Helton 1B
Wilin Rosario C
Josh Rutledge 2B
Reid Brignac 3B

Jeff Francis P