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."