Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 28

Day 28 / Saturday, March 10, 2012 / 18 Days ‘til Opening Night in Tokyo (March 28 vs. Oakland) / 34 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 13 vs. Oakland)

First pitch at game time was 65° with a few clouds in the distance to the North of Peoria Stadium. For the evening game against the Diamondbacks, first pitch was 72°.

Tweet of the Day:

Mariners vs. Dodgers:
The Mariners and Dodgers played to a 5-5 tie in Cactus League play Saturday afternoon in front of 8,507 fans at Peoria Stadium. Third baseman Kyle Seager went 2-for-3 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI to lead the Mariners 11-hit attack. Center fielder Michael Saunders (2×3, 2B, BB) and designated hitter Casper Wells (2×4) also recorded multi-hit games. Starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma allowed four hits and two runs in 4.0 innings (52 pitches/31 strikes). Brandon League (1.0 IP), Charlie Furbush (2.0 IP) and Aaron Heilman (1.0 IP) turned in scoreless relief efforts.

Single-Game Tickets On Sale:
Single game tickets for the 2012 Seattle Mariners went on sale THIS MORNING. Tickets are currently available without a service charge at the Safeco Field Box Office and at Seattle Mariners Team Stores. For more information visit There are still plenty of good seats available for all games of the 2012 Mariners season, but left field and center field bleachers for Opening Night are sold out. The top selling games on the first day of single-game ticket sales were:

  • Opening Night – 4/13
  • San Francisco Giants – 6/17
  • Boston Red Sox – 7/1
  • New York Yankees v 7/25
  • Boston Red Sox – 6/30
  • Los Angeles Dodgers – 6/9
  • San Francisco Giants – 6/15
  • Kansas City Royals – 7/28 (Randy Johnson and Dan Wilson Hall of Fame dual bobblehead day)
  • New York Yankees – 7/23
  • New York Yankees – 7/24
  • San Francisco Giants – 6/16

Mariners All-Access:
Mariners All Access airs tonight at 6 p.m. PT on ROOT Sports (with replays at 10:30 pm and 1 am). The 30-minute show is dedicated to game highlights from today’s game vs. the Dodgers. Here are some highlights to look forward to in tonight’s show:

  • We’ll catch up with Former UW and current Mariner pitching prospect Forrest Snow.
  • Some of the Mariner players talk about their experience the first time they hit a HR.
  • We’ll check in on a few of the Mariners Call-up’s from last year to see how that experience will help them build coming into this season.
  • LHP Danny Hultzen talks about his experience in Spring Training thus far.

Get to Know Jabari Blash:
I had the pleasure of talking at length today with Mariners minor league outfielder Jabari Blash. Blash suited up for the Major League game vs. the Dodgers (wearing #99) and was a late-inning replacement for Ichiro in right field. Blash has a very interesting baseball background growing up in St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, and was selected by Seattle in the 8th round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Miami Dade Community College in Florida. Blash certainly passes the eye test at 6-5, 230 and has tons of raw power as is evident by his 14 home runs in 99 games with Everett and Clinton last season. Blash’s said baseball isn’t a very popular sport on St. Thomas, but is growing at the Little League level, and he played only 7 or 8 games during his high school season. Very nice kid, great potential, and someone to keep your eye on in the Mariners minor league system.

Pitcher Forrest Snow and former Mariners catcher (and future Mariners Hall of Famer) Dan Wilson

What Time Is It?:
To avoid any further start time confusions, starting Sunday morning at 2 a.m., Arizona and Seattle will be in the same time zone…Arizona does not observe daylight saving time, so don’t change your clocks if you are in the Valley of the Sun.

On Tap Tomorrow (3/11):
at San Francisco Giants
Location: Scottsdale Stadium
Time: 1:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: RHP Felix Hernandez vs. LHP Eric Surkamp (0-1, 8.31)
Radio: The game will be broadcast on 710 ESPN Seattle and also available on for subscribers.

Upcoming Probable Pitchers:
3/11 at SF (1:05 p.m.) – RHP Felix Hernandez vs. LHP Eric Surkamp (0-1, 8.31)
3/12 vs. TEX (1:05 p.m.) – RHP Blake Beavan vs. LHP Matt Harrison (1-0, 0.00)
3/13 at MIL (1:05 p.m.) – RHP Hector Noesi (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Zack Greinke (0-0, 2.25)
3/14 vs. KC (7:05 p.m.) – RHP Kevin Millwood (0-1, 7.20) vs. RHP Felipe Paulino or RHP Aaron Crow

– JE

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