Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 35

Thursday, March 26, 2015 / 11 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)

Game Recaps:

Mariners vs. Royals in Peoria:

Seattle got a strong start from Felix Hernandez but were shut out offensively en route to a 3-0 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Thursday afternoon in front of 6,523 fans at Peoria Stadium.

Hernandez allowed just two hits in 6.0 efficient innings, making only 65 pitches, 45 of them for strikes. The lone run scored on a leadoff double in the third inning by Christian Colon who eventually scored on a sacrifice fly. Following his outing, Hernandez threw additional pitches in the bullpen to raise his pitch count.

Seattle only collected a pair of hits in the game, a single to center by Nelson Cruz in the 5th, and a single to center by Shawn O’Malley in the 6th inning.

Relievers Tyler Olson (0.1 IP), Yoervis Medina (0.2 IP), Grady Wood (0.1 IP) and Charlie Furbush (1.0 IP) each had scoreless outings for Seattle.

Mariners vs. Brewers in Maryvale:

Left fielder Khris Davis hit a first-inning grand slam to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 15-1 victory over the Mariners Thursday afternoon in split-squad Cactus League action at Maryvale Baseball Park.

The Brewers jumped out to the early 4-0 when Davis hit a grand slam in the first inning off starter Roenis Elias. Milwaukee would add three more runs in the 4th inning, a pair in the 5th to extend the lead to 9-1, and then two more in the 7th inning. Second baseman Luis Jimenez capped the scoring with an 8th-inning grand slam.

The Mariners scored their lone run in the 3rd inning on a single by catcher Jesus Sucre. Shortstop Willie Bloomquist hit a one-out double and scored on the sharp single to left by Sucre.

Elias (0-2) suffered the loss allowing 8 hits and 6 runs in 3.0 innings (plus 2 batters).

The Mariners were out-hit 22-4 in the game. Bloomquist (2B), Sucre (RBI 1B), Austin Jackson (1B) and Robinson Canó (1B) recorded the Mariners hits.

Game Highlights (vs. KC):

Be Sure To Follow:
If you’re not already, be sure to follow Seattle Times photographer Bettina Hansen on Twitter and Instagram for her coverage of Mariners Spring Training. Here are just a few of her shots from today.

Not a cloud… #MarinersST #SpringTraining

A photo posted by Bettina Hansen (@bettinahansen) on

Kingdome Demolition Anniversary:
It was 15 years ago today that the Kingdome came down, bringing an end to a building that hosted the Seattle Mariners (1977-99), Seattle Seahawks (1976-2000), Seattle SuperSonics (1978-85), NASL Seattle Sounders (1976-83) and hosted NCAA Final Fours in 1984, 1989 & 1995.

 

 

Game Central – March 26 vs. Royals & at Brewers

Lineup

Spring #23: Seattle Mariners (10-10-2) vs. Kansas City Royals (13-9) | 1:05 pm | Peoria Stadium
Starting Pitchers: RHP Felix Hernandez (0-1, 0.00) vs. RHP Jeremy Guthrie (1-0, 3.77)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle will air tonight’s game on a delay basis at 7 p.m.…available live via mariners.com
TV: ROOT SPORTS NW will televise today’s game live (in Mariners TV territory)
Live Stats
: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data of today’s game

Spring #24: Seattle Mariners (10-10-2) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (13-9) | 1:05 pm | Maryvale Baseball Park
Starting Pitchers: RHP Roenis Elias (0-1, 3.86) vs. RHP Mike Fiers (0-1, 5.79)
Radio: No Radio
TV: No TV
Live Stats
: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data of today’s game

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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 34

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 / 12 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)

Game Recap:
The Mariners held off a late Cubs rally in a 3-2 Cactus League win in front of 11,224 fans Wednesday night at Peoria Stadium. Mike Zunino hit his team-leading fourth Cactus League home run and Robinson Canó went 2-for-3 with a double and RBI. The big story was the dominating performance by starter Taijuan Walker, tossing 6.0 scoreless innings with 6 strikeouts. Here is the official box score from MLB.com.

Sterling Effort by Walker:
Starting pitcher Taijuan Walker turned in another solid start, tossing 6.0 scoreless innings allowing 2 hits and recording 6 strikeouts. In 5 Cactus League starts, Walker has not allowed a run in 18.0 innings while recording 19 strikeouts.

Weather Report:
The first pitch temperature at Peoria Stadium under the lights was 83° with a slight breeze blowing out to center field.

Nice Ring:
Left-handed pitcher Edgar Olmos received his championship ring from the Arizona Fall League today. Olmos pitched in 9 games for the AFL champion Salt River Rafters.

Edgar Olmos showing off his Arizona Fall League ring.

Edgar Olmos showing off his Arizona Fall League ring.

Tweet of the Day:

710 ESPN Back in Camp:
The evening drive show at 710 ESPN Seattle, the Danny, Dave and Moore Show, arrived in camp today and will be hosting their show (3-6 pm) the rest of the week. The crew interviews birthday boy Mike Zunino, Danny Farquhar, James Paxton, Brad Miller and GM Jack Zduriencik today. Be sure to listen to their podcast via 710Sports.com.

Farquhar on the Back Fields:
Reliever Danny Farquhar made an appearance in a minor league game this afternoon…he faced three batters, struck out the first two and then got a grounder to finish off his outing…he recorded 13 pitches, 11 of them for strikes.

Instagram of the Day:

Lovely night for #MarinersST vs the #Cubbies #SpringTraining

A photo posted by Bettina Hansen (@bettinahansen) on

Web Gem:
Shortstop Brad Miller made a nice scoop and throw on a tricky hop on a ball hit at him to end the top of the 5th inning. Check out the play in the video clip below:

Backstop Birthday’s:
Mariners catcher Mike Zunino and roving catching coordinator (and Mariners Hall of Famer) Dan Wilson both celebrated birthday’s today. Zunino of course celebrated by hitting his team-leading 4th home run of the spring. Tomorrow is the big day for assistant athletic trainer Rob Nodine.

Post-Game Spread:
Our good friends at Cookin’ On Wood fired up their grill today and will be providing the post-game spread for the players. The short ribs, lamb, chicken and tri-tip were all raved about by players and staff.

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Opening Day First Pitch – Joey Cora:
Joey Cora
, the scrappy second baseman who was a fan favorite during his years with the Mariners, has been tabbed to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day April 6.

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Meet Your Idol:
We wrote in yesterday’s blog that utility player Shawn O’Malley got a chance to meet one of his childhood idols, Ken Griffey Jr.. Well today he got his picture taken with Junior.

Shawn O'Malley with Ken Griffey Jr.

Shawn O’Malley with Ken Griffey Jr.

The Clydesdales:
The famous Budweiser Clydesdales were in Peoria today and drew quiet a crowd prior to the game tonight vs. the Cubs.

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Game Central – March 25 vs. Cubs

Lineup

Spring #22: Seattle Mariners (9-10-2) vs. Chicago Cubs (9-12-1) | 7:05 pm | Peoria Stadium
Starting Pitchers: RHP Taijuan Walker (1-0, 0.00) vs. LHP Travis Wood (1-0, 3.77)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle will air tonight’s game live…available live via mariners.com
TV: ROOT SPORTS NW will televised tonight’s game live (in Mariners TV territory)
Live Stats
: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data of today’s game

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Joey Cora to throw out Ceremonial First Pitch on Opening Day

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Joey Cora, the scrappy second baseman who was a fan favorite during his years with the Mariners, has been tabbed to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day April 6.

Cora, who was affectionately known as Little Joey Cora due to his small stature, played for the Mariners from 1995-1998. During that time, he endeared himself to fans with his hustle and enthusiasm and his tearful reaction to the Mariners heartbreaking loss to the Cleveland Indians in the 1995 American League Championship Series.

Cora had an 11-year career as a Major League player with the Padres (1987, 1989-1990), Mariners, White Sox (1991-1994) and Indians (1999). He was also a member of the coaching staffs of the White Sox (2004-2011), where he won a World Series championship ring in 2005, and with the Miami Marlins (2012).

His time in Seattle was Cora’s most productive at the plate. His best year was 1997 when he hit a career high .300, and was named an alternate to the American League All-Star team. His 24-game hitting streak that year was a Major League record for a switch hitter, and stood as a Mariners record until it was broken by Ichiro Suzuki. Teammate Randy Johnson told the Seattle P-I in 1997 that Joey was “the ideal leadoff hitter.” He also described him as “our sparkplug” who “makes things happen.”

Joey was also active in the community. He established the Joey Cora Children’s Foundation and hosted an annual event called Joey Cora Night of Stars where fans were entertained by famous Latin musicians and rubbed shoulders with baseball players. The events raised money for a treatment center for HIV-positive kids in his hometown of Caguas, Puerto Rico, and for children’s health and education programs here in Washington.

Opening Day pregame ceremonies will start around 12:30pm. Game time is 1:10 pm against the Los Angeles Angels.

Joey Cora played four seasons with the Mariners (1995-98) and was part of two playoff teams.

Joey Cora played four seasons with the Mariners (1995-98) and was part of two playoff teams.

Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 33

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015 / 13 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)

Game Recap:
The Mariners dropped to 9-10-2 in Cactus League play falling to the Padres 6-4 in a “road” game at Peoria Stadium. The Mariners jumped out to an early 1-0 game two batters into the game following a leadoff double by Austin Jackson and a run-scoring single by Seth Smith. Smith added a solo home run in the 3rd inning (video below) and finished 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI. Starting pitcher J.A. Happ was saddled with the loss allowing 8 hits and 6 runs (5 ER) in 3.2 innings. Here is the official box score from MLB.com.

Cover Boys:
Felix Hernandez
and Robinson Canó grace the cover of Sports Illustrated on one of the four regional covers that hit newsstands this week. Canó was on a regional cover last year. Check out the regional cover and be sure to pick one up this week:

Junior Arrives:
Ken Griffey Jr.
arrived in camp late yesterday afternoon and made his presence in camp this morning. He even joined the radio broadcast for a few innings, which you can listen to tonight starting at 7 pm on ESPN 710.

I Grew Up Watching You:
Utility players Shawn O’Malley is a Washington native (Tri-Cities) and grew up watching Ken Griffey Jr. play for the Mariners. As you could expect, the 27-year-old was a little nervous to meet one of his childhood idols. Longtime trainer Rick Griffin caught wind of O’Malley wanting to meet Junior, and pulled the two together. Shawn’s first words to Ken? “I grew up watching you!” Always fun to see those interactions in the clubhouse.

Bullpens:
Felix Hernandez
and James Paxton threw bullpens on their normal throwing days, ramping up to their next starts. Felix is scheduled to throw Thursday vs. the Royals in Peoria and Paxton is scheduled to go Friday night vs. the Royals in Surprise.

Road Game (sort of):
Today was the first of two spring dates where the Mariners will play a road game, without leaving the friendly confines of Peoria Stadium. The Mariners will also play a “road” game vs. the Padres this Sunday (3/29).

Weather Report:
The first pitch temperature at Peoria Stadium was 81° with a slight breeze blowing out to right field.

Night Game Tomorrow:
The Mariners will play their second night game of the spring tomorrow night vs. the Chicago Cubs. The game will be played under the Peoria Stadium lights at 7:05 pm. The Cubs are always one of the biggest draws of the spring, so it is sure to be a packed crowd. The game will also be televised live by ROOT SPORTS and broadcasted on 710 ESPN Seattle.

Tweet of the Day:

Web Gem:
Minor league shortstop Jack Reinheimer made a nice over-the-shoulder catch while running with his back to home plate in the bottom of the 7th inning.

Welcome to Camp:
The voice of the Tacoma Rainiers, Mike Curto, arrived in Peoria today, and after a stop at In-N-Out Burger, made his way to the Peoria Sports Complex. You can give Mike a follow on twitter (@Curtoworld) and via his great blog, Booth, Justice and the American Pastime.

 

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Game Central – March 24 at Padres

Lineup

Spring #21: Seattle Mariners (9-9-2) at San Diego Padres (10-10) | 1:05 pm | Peoria Stadium
Starting Pitchers: LHP J.A. Happ (1-1, 3.60) vs. RHP Andrew Cashner (1-0, 1.13)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle will air today’s game on a delay at 7 pm…available live via mariners.com
TV: No TV broadcast of today’s game
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data of today’s game

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Felix and Canó Grace Cover of Sports Illustrated

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Felix Hernandez and Robinson Canó grace the cover of one of the four regional covers of the MLB Preview Issue of Sports Illustrated.  Here is an article about the four regional covers.

The issue should hit the newstands this week. Subscribers and newsstands in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Hawaii and Alaska will receive the Mariners cover. Not in the area to buy the regional issue? Buy single issues here.

Be sure to pick one up!

Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 32

Monday, March 23, 2015 / 14 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)

Game Recap:
The Mariners bullpen allowed just one run in 6.1 innings but the offense couldn’t rally from an early deficit, falling 5-0 to the Angels in Cactus League play on Monday afternoon at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

The game was played in front of 7,720 fans as the Mariners had their Cactus League record fall to 9-9-2.

Erasmo Ramirez, making his fourth start of the spring, retired the side in order in the first but an error to lead off the second frame led to four runs, two of them earned, before he gave way to the bullpen.

Reliever Grady Wood, who played last season at High-A High Desert, allowed a run in 1.1 innings before the rest of the bullpen threw up zeroes the rest of the way. Jordan Pries allowed just two hits in his three shutout frames, before Charlie Furbush (7th) and Yoervis Medina (8th) closed out the loss.

The Mariners collected just two hits, a one-out double by Mike Zunino in the 5th, which was followed by a Logan Morrison single. Unfortunately, both runners were stranded.

Game Highlights: 

Tempe Diablo Stadium, We Meet Again: 

Tempe Diablo Stadium was the Mariners home from 1977-1992.

Tempe Diablo Stadium was the Mariners home from 1977-1992.

The Mariners returned to their first spring home today, making the trip over to Tempe Diablo Stadium…the Mariners called Tempe Diablo Stadium home from the team’s inception in 1977 until 1992 before moving over to Peoria…the Seattle Pilots also called Tempe Diablo home in 1969.

A Minor Note:
While the Mariners were in Tempe taking on the Angels there was, as always, plenty of action on the minor league fields. Hisashi Iwakuma stayed back to pitch in a minor league game, and we have the following report from Field 6: Kuma threw 5.0 innings vs. the Round Rock Express (Texas AAA). He allowed 6 hits, 2 earned runs, while walking 1 and striking out 8. Shin-Soo Choo led off each inning for Round Rock and finished 3-for-5.

“I felt good overall out there,” said Iwakuma. “It was different to face (Shin-Soo) Choo each inning, but also good to face a Major League hitter in the game. I had a good feel with the split, it is starting to dive a lot. I feel like I could start the season right now physically, just all mental from here out.”

Jesus Montero hit a 2-run homer. Robinson Cano, Justin Ruggiano and Austin Jackson bounced between the AAA and AA games, picking up at bats.

One Short Step for Man:
Willie Bloomquist made his spring 2015 debut at shortstop today in Tempe. The team was cautious with Willie this spring as he finished the 2014 season on the disabled list. With his return to short, Willie is a full go. Perfect timing as the team counts down the final two weeks prior to Opening Day in Seattle.

Instagram of the Day:

Happy #NationalPuppyDay. Miss you Elle and Emma. 🐶🐶

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Game Central – March 23 at Angels

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Spring #20: Seattle Mariners (9-8-2) at Los Angeles Angels (10-7-1) | 1:05 pm | Tempe Diablo Stadium
Starting Pitchers: RHP Erasmo Ramirez (1-0, 2.00) vs. RHP Matt Shoemaker (0-1, 9.00)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle will air today’s game on a delay at 7 pm…available live via mariners.com
TV: Today’s game will be televised by the Angels on Prime Sports…replay at 6 am tomorrow on MLB Network
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score of today’s game

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Here are today’s game notes:

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