Spring Training Update – Day 38

Day 38 / Sunday, April 1, 2012 / 12 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 13 vs. Oakland)

It was 71° and sunny at game time with not a cloud in the sky.

Tweet of the Day:

Rotation Set for Series against Oakland & Texas:
 Seattle Mariners Manager Eric Wedge announced today the probable pitchers for the Mariners first two series, at Oakland (April 6 & 7) and at Texas (April 9-12).

The Mariners played the Oakland A’s in the Japan Opening Series 2012 on March 28 and 29 in Tokyo, Japan, with Felix Hernandez and Jason Vargas each recording no-decisions.

Here’s a look at Seattle’s projected starting pitchers for the first six games:

Day, Date                        Probable Pitcher (record)
Friday, April 6                  LHP Jason Vargas (0-0, 1.42)
Saturday, April 7             RHP Felix Hernandez (0-0, 1.13) 

Day, Date                        Probable Pitcher (record)
Monday, April 9                RHP Hector Noesi (1st 2012 GS; was 2-2, 4.47 in 2011)
Tuesday, April 10             RHP Blake Beavan (1st 2012 GS; was 5-6, 4.27 in 2011)
Wednesday, April 11        RHP Kevin Millwood (1st 2012 GS; was 4-3, 3.98 in 2011)
Thursday, April 12            LHP Jason Vargas (0-0, plus start on April 6)  

Peoria Diamond Club Rookie of the Year:

Peoria Diamond Club Rookie of the Year

Mariners rookie Alex Liddi has been voted the Peoria Diamond Club Rookie of the Year. Entering today, Liddi, a native of Sanremo, Italy, was hitting .429 this spring, with 9 runs scored, 7 doubles, a home run and 10 RBI in 15 games.

His on-base percentage is an even .500, and he is slugging at a .714 clip. His on-base percentage leads all players in the Cactus League, he is tied for first in batting average, and his slugging percentage is sixth-best among all Arizona teams.

Liddi started fine, but has been red-hot over his last 11 games, collecting 14 hits in his last 29 at-bats with 6 doubles and 7 RBI.

Moving Day Has Arrived:

The moving trucks will make their way to Tacoma, Jackson and Clinton starting Monday.

The Mariners minor leaguers had their last day in camp today and will travel to their respective clubs tomorrow. The moving trucks showed up today and while they arrived empty, that certainly wasn’t the case at the end of the day. Three full-season clubs will have their equipment hauled away and on their way to Tacoma, Jackson and Clinton respectively.

Game Recap vs. Royals: Recap | Box Score
The Mariners erased a four-run deficit with a six-run sixth inning highlighted by back-to-back home runs by Miguel Olivo and Kyle Seager as the Mariners defeated the Royals 6-4 in Cactus League play in front of 5,435 at Peoria Stadium. 

Blake Beavan made his fifth start of the spring and tossed 5.1 innings before being relieved by Lucas Luetge having allowed two runs and left two more runners on base (both runners scored). Beavan made 94 pitches, 61 for strikes in his final outing before the re-opening of the regular season.

Down 4-0 in the sixth, the Mariners rallied off Kansas City reliever Tim Collins. Munenori Kawasaki led off the inning with a single, Ichiro singled to short right field (Kawasaki thrown out at third), Justin Smoak reached on an error and after a Jesus Montero RBI single, Miguel Olivo hit a 1-0 pitch over the left-field wall for a game-tying three-run home run. Kyle Seager followed with a solo shot to right-center that gave the Mariners the lead and after walks to Alex Liddi and Casper Wells, Kawasaki added an insurance run with his second hit of the inning, both to left field.

Kawasaki finished the day 3-for-5 and is now batting .417 (15×36) this spring. Justin Smoak, Jesus Montero and Miguel Olivo all collected multi-hit games.

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