PEORIA, Ariz. -- Ben Broussard has been taking fly balls in right field the past few days and started there in Friday's Cactus League opener against the Padres. "When going from the infield and outfield and back to the infield, you've got to be real careful about your arm," Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said. "You have to pay attention to what you're doing." Broussard, expected to earn a spot on the 25-man Opening Day roster, has spent practically his entire MLB career at first base. He hasn't played a regular-season game in the outfield since 2002, when he appeared in 32 games (29 starts) with the Indians.
He has played 475 big-league games since then, all at first base. He appears to have accepted the challenge of learning a new position. "Most don't," Hargrove said of veterans having positive attitudes about position switches. "There are some who still view themselves as everyday players. You're not trying to make them not an everyday player, you're trying to enhance their ability to make the ballclub." Notes: Third baseman Adrian Beltre was nearly hit by a foul ball off Ichiro Suzuki's bat in the third inning. "I was lucky to get out of the way," he said. "It was coming right at my forehead." ... Left fielder Raul Ibanez hit a two-out, two-run home run in the first inning to give Seattle a 2-0 lead. He also was hit by a pitch in the third inning. "I need to work on my quickness," he said. "I'm a little slow right now." The side of his right rib cage was still red more than an hour after getting nailed. Buy now, watch later: Single-game tickets for all 81 home games go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. PT. Home schedule highlights include the regular-season opener against the Athletics on April 2 and a three-game series against the Reds on June 22-24. It marks the first time Ken Griffey Jr. has played at Safeco Field since the 1999 season. Tickets can be purchased online at www.mariners.com. They are also available by phone at (206) 622-HITS or any Ticketmaster location or with no service charge at Safeco Field and the Mariners team stores.
Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.