Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 20

Day 20 / Friday, March 2, 2012 / 26 Days ‘til Opening Night in Tokyo (March 28 vs. Oakland) / 42 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 13 vs. Oakland)

The team hit the fields in Peoria with temperatures in the high 50’s before most of the squad made the trek over to Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Game-time temperature at Phoenix Municipal was 63° with winds gusting from 18-27 mph.

The first pitch of the 2012 Cactus League season to Munenori Kawasaki.

Quote of the Day:
“It was good to play another team, and good to get the first game out of the way. We have a lot of baseball ahead of us and I am excited to watch these guys play.” Manager Eric Wedge after his club beat the A’s 8-5 in the Cactus League opener.

Tweet of the Day:

The Day:
The team is starting to settled into the gameday routine, with stretch at 9 a.m. (road games) or 9:30 (home games) depending on where they will play that day. After a short “loosen up” period, the position players took batting practice, with today’s scheduled pitchers shagging, and non-game pitchers working on P.F.P. The team bus left for Phoenix Municipal at 11 a.m. on the button.

Michael Saunders is congratulated after hitting a 2-run home run. (AP/Darron Cummings)

Mariners Win Cactus League Opener:
The Mariners hit five home runs, including two-run homers from Jesus Montero, Michael Saunders and Carlos Peguero, in a Cactus League opening 8-5 victory over the A’s at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Luis Rodriguez and Johermyn Chavez added solo home runs. All eight of the Mariners runs came via the longball, as nine different players accounted for the Mariners nine hits. Tailing early 1-0, Saunders put the Mariners on the board with a long home run over the right field fence in the top of the second inning. Peguero added to the lead with a two-run shot in the fourth, and home runs by Rodriguez and Montero extended the lead to 7-1 in the fifth. Starting pitcher Blake Beavan (1-0) earned the win allowing four hits and one run in 2.1 innings. Relievers Matt Fox (0.2 IP), Oliver Perez (1.0 IP), Chance Ruffin (1.0 IP) and Sean Henn (SV, 1.0 IP) did not allow a run their outings.

The Mariners celebrating the 8-5 win in the Cactus League opener at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Camp Guests:
Mariners Hall of Famer Jay Buhner arrived in camp and was with the team for the Cactus League opener…a familiar face arrived on the minor league side, as right-handed pitcher Brian Sweeney is looking to work his way back up to the Majors. Sweeney pitched for the Mariners in 2003 and 2010, and signed this off-season as a minor league free agent.

Cactus League Update:
RHP Hector Noesi is scheduled to start tomorrow’s Cactus League home opener against the A’s at Peoria Stadium (1:05 MT/12:05 PT). The game will be broadcast in Seattle on 710 ESPN Seattle and select stations on the Mariners Radio Network. RHP Tyson Ross is scheduled to start for the A’s. Here is at the Mariners starting pitchers for the first four Cactus League Games:

3/3 vs. OAK – RHP Hector Noesi vs. RHP Tyson Ross
3/4 vs. SD – LHP Jason Vargas vs. RHP Anthony Bass
3/5 at SD – RHP Hisashi Iwakuma vs. TBA
3/5 at CIN (B Game) – RHP Taijuan Walker vs. RHP Daniel Corcino (10 a.m. at Reds Goodyear complex)
3/6 vs. CIN – RHP Felix Hernandez vs. RHP Mat Latos

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– JE


that’s my boy saunders! congrats M’s and all the others that sent those baseballs goodbye!

LOL, the word ‘shagging’ has a completely different meaning here in the UK, so I burst into a fit of giggles when I read that that’s what today’s pitchers were doing. I know there’s camaraderie amongst ball players, but that’s ridiculous…🙂

Go M’s!!!!

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