Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 31

Day 31 / Tuesday, March 13, 2012 / 15 Days ‘til Opening Night in Tokyo (March 28 vs. Oakland) / 31 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 13 vs. Oakland)

Weather:
First pitch at game time was 80° at Maryvale Stadium.

Tweet of the Day:

Mariners vs. Brewers:
The Mariners came from behind and broke a 2-2 tie with a 5-run ninth inning highlighted by a bases loaded Alex Liddi tie-breaking RBI single, a 2-RBI double to left by Michael Saunders and an RBI double to left by Dustin Ackley. Hector Noesi started the game and went 3.0 innings, allowing just three hits including a solo home run by Travis Ishikawa in the second inning. Brandon League (4th), Charlie Furbush (5th) and Sean Henn (8th) each tossed a scoreless inning.

Dustin Ackley (1×4, 2B, 2 RBI, SF), Justin Smoak (2×3, 2 R, 2B, BB), Kyle Seager (1×3, RBI), Alex Liddi (1×1, R, RBI), Michael Saunders (2×4, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI) and Mike Wilson (1×1, R) all collected hits. The Mariners offense was 4-for-8 with runners in scoring position including 3-for-5 with 5 RBI in the ninth inning.

Hector Noesi allowed 1 run in 3.0 innings in his start vs. the Brewers. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Major League Reunion:
There was a bit of a movie reunion this afternoon at Maryvale Stadium, home of the Milwaukee Brewers. Brewers play-by-play man Bob Uecker was here of course, but so was Mariners Special Assistant Pete Vuckovich who was scouting behind home plate. Vuckovich spent five of his 11 Major League seasons with Milwaukee, winning a Cy Young Award with them in 1982. But what the pair might be best remembered for by the mainstream audience is for their parts in the 1989 classic Major League. Uecker portrayed Harry Doyle, the Cleveland Indians broadcaster known for his colorful quotes, and Vuckovich played the part of Clu Haywood, the hated Yankees power hitter. At one point in the film, Doyle remarked about Haywood: “Heywood leads the league in most offensive categories, including nose hair. When this guy sneezes, he looks like a party favor.”

Look ‘Ma! We’re going to be on TV!
ROOT SPORTS will televise 6 Cactus League games, beginning with the back-to-back games TOMORROW (March 14 vs. KC) & THURSDAY (March 15 vs. SF) at 7 pm PT.

Mariners Commercials Unveiled:
The Mariners unveiled their award winning commercials this morning and the players in the clubhouse had their own screening. The five commercials include A Seattle Welcome (Jesus Montero, Brandon League, Jason Vargas), Impressions (Brendan Ryan, Mike Carp, George Sherrill, Kyle Seager, Chone Figgins, Ichiro), Mickey Loves You (Dustin Ackley, Robby Thompson, Jeff Datz), Nobody’s Perfect (Felix Hernandez, Eric Wedge) and Timber (Justin Smoak, Casper Wells, Franklin Gutierrez and Miguel Olivo).

Mariners players had a chance to screen the commercials in the clubhouse.

Mariners All-Access:
Mariners All Access airs tonight at 7:30 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 Brewers. Here are some highlights to look forward to in tonight’s show:

  • Highlights of the Mariners in action today vs. Brewers
  • We look at the use of the running game during the spring and how life on the basepaths this time of year can lead to results during the regular season.
  • Meet Forrest Snow the Mariners prospect from the University of Washington
  • And the Mariners talk about their best catches.

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 (3/14):
Opponent: vs. Kansas City Royals
Location: Peoria Stadium
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: RHP Kevin Millwood (0-1, 7.00) vs. RHP Aaron Crow
Radio: The game vs. the Royals will be televised on ROOT SPORTS and will be broadcast on 710 ESPN SEATTLE and the Mariners Radio Network. You can also follow via MLB’s Gameday.

Upcoming Probable Pitchers:
3/14 vs. KC (7:05 p.m.) – RHP Kevin Millwood (0-1, 7.20) vs. RHP Aaron Crow
3/15 vs. SF (7:05 p.m.) – RHP Erasmo Ramirez (1-0, 0.00) vs. LHP Barry Zito
3/16 vs. MIL in Tucson (1:05 p.m.) – RHP Felix Hernandez (1-1, 2.57) vs. RHP Marco Estrada
3/16 at  OAK (7:05 p.m.) – RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (1-0, 3.60 vs. RHP Brad Peacock

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