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With a rookie phenom on the roster, is this the year the Mariners finally return to the playoffs?

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Seattle Mariners rookie phenom Julio Rodriguez signs autographs before a spring training baseball game in Peoria, Ariz.

After barely missing the playoffs last year, the Seattle Mariners' season of high expectations begins Friday in Minnesota. Sports commentator Art Thiel joins KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick to talk about all the anticipation.

Kirsten Kendrick has been hosting KNKX’s Morning Edition since 2006. She handles all aspects of the show - from news selection and writing to audio production. Kirsten has worked in radio for 30 years. She was born in Ohio, grew up in Indiana and attended high school and college in North Texas. In addition to being a journalist and active in the public radio host community, Kirsten is also sports lover. She and her husband live in Seattle with their son and their dog.