Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 29

Day 29 / Sunday, March 11, 2012 / 17 Days ‘til Opening Night in Tokyo (March 28 vs. Oakland) / 33 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 13 vs. Oakland)

First pitch at game time was 71° at Scottsdale Stadium.

Tweet of the Day:

Mariners vs. Giants:
The Mariners dropped their Cactus League game today to the Giants 7-5. Trayvon Robinson went 3-for-4, falling a triple short of hitting for the cycle, and Michael Saunders and Vinnie Catricala each added two hits in the Mariners first road loss of the spring. Starting pitcher Felix Hernandez was saddled with the loss allowing 4 hits and 2 runs in 4.0 innings. He struck out 3 and did not walk a batter while throwing 53 pitches (35 strikes).

King’s Court (in Arizona):
In what has become a tradition over the last few years, the Mariners clubhouse staff donned their best King Felix shirts on the day Felix Hernandez pitches. Today, the staff was wearing the bright yellow King’s Court shirts, including the new look edition for the 2012 season.

Felix Hernandez showing off the 2012 design for the King's Court shirt.

Roster Moves:
The Mariners made 15 roster moves to bring the spring training roster to 47 players:

Optioned to Minor League Camp (7): LHP Danny Hultzen, LHP Mauricio Robles, RHP Yoervis Medina, INF Francisco Martinez, INF Carlos Triunfel, OF Johermyn Chavez, OF Chih-Hsien Chiang
Re-Assigned to Minor League Camp (8): LHP James Paxton, RHP Scott Patterson, RHP Forrest Snow, RHP Taijuan Walker, C Ralph Henriquez, INF Nick Franklin, OF Darren Ford, DH Luis Jimenez

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

  • Highlights of Felix in action today vs. San Francisco
  • Plenty of highlights from the M’s Top 4 pitching prospects, including Erasmo Ramirez facing the Arizona Diamondbacks last night.
  • George Sherrill talks about his return to Seattle.
  • And find out how going back to Little League may have helped Trayvon Robinson get back on track this offseason.

Cactus League Report:
The next Cactus League Report is tomorrow broadcasted live from Salty Señorita from 7-9 pm…the show will be hosted by Rick Rizzs, Mike Blowers and Shannon Drayer…scheduled guests include GM Jack Zduriencik, Justin Smoak, Alex Liddi, Trayvon Robinson, Jesus Montero, Steve Delabar, Tom Wilhelmsen and’s Jim Caple.

What Time Is It?:
To avoid any further start time confusions, Arizona and Seattle are now in the same time zone…Arizona does not observe daylight saving time.

On Tap Tomorrow (3/12):
vs. Texas Rangers
Location: Peoria Stadium
Time: 1:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: RHP Blake Beavan (1-0, 1.42) vs. LHP Matt Harrison (1-0, 0.00)
Radio: There will be no radio broadcast for the game vs. the Rangers. You can follow via MLB’s Gameday.

Upcoming Probable Pitchers:
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
3/15 vs. SF (7:05 p.m.) – RHP Erasmo Ramirez (1-0, 0.00) vs. TBA

– JE

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