Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 24
Friday, March 8, 2013 / 24 Days ‘til Opening Night (April 1 at Oakland) / 31 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Houston)
Mariners and A’s Rained Out:
The Mariners were trailing the A’s 12-1 in the top of the fourth inning when the umpires called the game in Peoria due to heavy rains (and lightning). All the statistics do not count towards the Cactus League standings.
Hit the Reset Button:
Spring training is a very routine-based, with players settling into a pretty set schedule each day. When it rains on a day like today (and it does not happen often), it really throws a wrench into the schedule. The coaches were scrambling to set up a B game for tomorrow morning, to keep the pitchers on schedule and get players some extra at-bats. After a brief team meeting, manager Eric Wedge announced they would play a B Game at 10 am vs. the Padres.
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Felt Like a Rain Delay:
The whole day felt like one big rain delay, with the constant question around camp all morning was usually about the weather. It looked like it was going to rain all morning, but it never really did (or at least enough to alter practice plans) and the team took the field for stretch at the normal time of 9:30 am. The iffy weather kind of dictated the mood around camp today.
Tough Day for Romero:
After having a big day at the plate yesterday going 4-for-5 with 2 home runs and 7 RBI, Stefen Romero left today’s game after striking out to end the second inning. It was announced that Romero suffered a strained left oblique and will be further evaluated by team doctors tomorrow morning.
Ben Reiter from Sports Illustrated was in camp today talking with various players, manager Eric Wedge and General Manager Jack Zduriencik for this previous on the Mariners that will run in the magazine in the coming weeks.
Liddi vs. Saunders:
While most of the Cactus League was washed out today due to the rains, the World Baseball Classic moved indoors playing their games at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix. The first game of the day featured Italy vs. Canada, or as we liked to call it, Alex Liddi (Italy) vs. Michael Saunders (Canada). A lot of the players were watching the WBC game on TV prior to the game vs. the A’s, and there was a big cheer when Saunders drilled a double in his first at-bat.
Good News for Brendan:
This afternoon Rawlings made an announcement that they will add a new sabermetric-based component to the Rawlings Gold Glove Award® and Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™ selection processes. This is really good news for Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan, who earned the Fielding Bible Award last season after putting up stellar defensive numbers, but was edged out for the Gold Glove.
On Tap Tomorrow (Saturday, March 9 ):
The Mariners will look to get back on the winning track tomorrow traveling to play the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch (12:05 PT/1:05 MT). Right-hander Jon Garland (1-0, 0.00) is scheduled to make his third spring start against Dodgers right-hander Aaron Harang. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN 710 Seattle and Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv). Weather permitting there will also be a B game vs. the Padres at 10 am at Peoria Stadium with left-hander Joe Saunders scheduled to start.