Worth noting

• Tickets still remain for the Mariners home opener on Monday against the Astros, with Joe Saunders slated to face Philip Humber, the right-hander who threw the perfect game against Seattle last year for the White Sox.

Former Mariner Erik Bedard is scheduled to throw Tuesday for the Astros against Seattle rookie Brandon Maurer, with Blake Beavan facing Brad Peacock on Wednesday. All three games in the Astros series are at 7:10 p.m.

• If the Mariners and Rangers stay in rotation through the coming week, they'll have some nice pitching matches. Matt Harrison would face Felix Hernandez in Thursday's series opener, with Yu Darvish matching up against Hisashi Iwakuma on Friday.

Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.