Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 26

Felix is always looking for an at-bat.

Felix is always looking for an at-bat.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 / 22 Days ‘til Opening Night (April 1 at Oakland) / 29 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Houston)

Game Recap:
The Mariners rallied late scoring four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, but it was not enough in an 11-7 loss to the Chicago White Sox today at Peoria Stadium. After opening spring 10-1, the Mariners have dropped four of their last five games. Michael Morse, making his first spring start at first base, hit his third home run and Carlos Peguero continued his hot spring going 2-for-4 with a triple (now batting .400).

Sunny Peoria Stadium.

Sunny Peoria Stadium.

Hello Mr. Ambassador:
Ken Griffey Jr
. tossed out the ceremonial first pitch prior to today’s Team USA vs. Team Canada World Baseball Classic game. Griffey (joined by Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins) was appearing on behalf of Major League Baseball and representing the US. Jenkins, a native of Chatham, Ontario, represented Canada. Jr. spent time before the game with a variety of different friends in the game, including checking in with Michael Saunders.

Ken Griffey Jr. threw out the ceremonial first pitch at today's USA-Canada game.

Ken Griffey Jr. threw out the ceremonial first pitch at today’s USA-Canada game.

JR and RJ:
Prior to his duties today for the World Baseball Classic, Ken Griffey Jr. went out of his way to stop by Mariners camp (after he spent the last few days here) to get a special picture with RJ Ibañez, Raul’s oldest son. And Junior, having the power that he does, was able to pull Raul out of an outfield drill on Field #2, to get a special photo of the three.

Raul and RJ Ibanez with Ken Griffey Jr.

Raul and RJ Ibanez with Ken Griffey Jr.

Strong WBC for Michael Saunders:
Michael Saunders
and Team Canada had their run in the World Baseball Classic come to an end in a well-played 9-4 loss to Team USA. Saunders had another impressive game going 2-for-4 with a 2-run home run, and finished the tournament batting .727 (8×11) with 4 runs scored, 3 doubles, 1 home run and 7 RBI (1.273 SLG, .769 OBP). Saunders was named the MVP of Pool D of the WBC for his outstanding play.

WBC

Little League Day:
It was Little League Day at Peoria Stadium with three local little leagues (Rio Vista, Sidewinder & Mountain View) taking in the game and having a parade around the stadium prior to the game. Three of the Little Leaguers threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Mariners players Nick Franklin, Francisco Martinez and Vinnie Catricala. When the Mariners took the field, nine Little Leaguers were waiting at each position and received an autograph and got to meet shake the hand of the Mariner starter.

Tweet of the Day:

https://twitter.com/SEA_Beast38/status/310903939627356160

Get Your Autographs:
One of the great things for fans that attend spring training is the chance to get up-close-and-personal with the players. The guys are great about signing autographs, although they can’t sign every ball, and we’ve seen a lot of kids with plenty of smiles after getting their autographs. And check out this hat that Mariners fan Kaila Davies from Sierra Vista, Ariz., got signed by a ton of players.

Lots of autographs.

Lots of autographs.

Off Day Tomorrow:
The Mariners will enjoy their second of four scheduled off days this spring tomorrow, with the remaining off days being Wednesday, March 20 and Friday, March 29 (travel to Salt Lake City). Pitchers Blake Beavan and Erasmo Ramirez are scheduled to throw in a minor league Intrasquad game tomorrow, so it won’t be a total off day for the coaches and some players. The team returns to Cactus League action Tuesday with a home game vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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