Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 27

Monday, March 11, 2013 /  21 Days ‘til Opening Night (April 1 at Oakland) / 28 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Houston)

The grounds crew gets the field ready for the sim game.

The grounds crew gets the field ready for the sim game.

Simulated Game, Real Good Swings:
Blake Beavan
and Erasmo Ramirez came in and pitched (basically) four innings against minor league hitters today in a simulated game. John Hicks (Ramirez) and Mike Zunino (Beavan) came in to catch them, and about 15 players from minor league camp came over to play defense and to hit. The young kids did a great job, including swinging the bats very well (a combined 14 hits) and playing sharp defense. Both pitchers had innings where they stayed out on the mound to get their pitch count up, but both faced real game situations. Beavan threw 64 pitches to get 13 outs, while Ramirez threw 70 in recording 15 outs.

Erasmo Ramirez pitching.

Erasmo Ramirez pitching.

WBC Notes:
As you know, Team USA defeated Team Canada yesterday to advance in the World Baseball Classic tournament. Michael Saunders, who will return to camp tomorrow, was named Pool D MVP after going 8-for-11 in a losing cause. Meanwhile, in an upset, the Netherlands eliminated Cuba in a walkoff win. Mariners prospect Kalian Sams collected the winning RBI with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth. You can watch highlights of that game here.

Starting to Get Serious:
The Mariners made the first cuts of the spring yesterday, sending four young pitchers to minor league camp. There are still 57 players in camp, but with a little less than three weeks ‘til Opening Day, that number will start shrinking quickly now.

Cactus League Report:
Despite the off day, the Cactus League Report rolls on tonight at the Salty Senorita in Peoria. Mariners fans in the Valley can attend from 6-8 p.m., with live guests scheduled to include GM Jack Zduriencik, Mr. Mariner Alvin Davis, left-handed pitcher Lucas Luetge, right-handed pitcher Andrew Carraway, catcher John Hicks and Tacoma News Tribune beat writer Ryan Divish. The radio show will run from 7-9 p.m. on 710 ESPN Seattle and online via Mariners.com. A recorded interview with Ken Griffey Jr. will run on the live two-hour show hosted by Rick Rizzs and Shannon Drayer.

Still Time to Get to the Front of the Ticket Line:
Today is the last day for fans to register for a special online pre-sale opportunity to buy tickets on March 14, two days before they go on sale to the general public. Log on to mariners.com/register to sign up for the pre-sale. Single-game tickets go on sale at 10 AM Saturday, March 16.

New York, New Game Time:
We announced today that the start time for the Mariners vs. the New York Yankees game on Saturday, June 8, is now 1:10 pm. It had been listed as a 7:10 pm first pitch. The Mariners vs. Yankees game will be televised by ROOT SPORTS and carried live on 710 ESPN and the Mariners Radio Network.

Tweet of the Day:

On Tap Tomorrow (Tuesday, March 12):

After an off day today, the Mariners return to the field on Tuesday hosting the Arizona Diamondacks at Peoria Stadium. The game will be broadcast in the Seattle area on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network (delayed to 7 pm), but can be heard live and free on Mariners.com (login credentials required). Right-handed pitcher Felix Hernandez (1-0) is scheduled to start for the Mariners against the D-Backs left-hander Patrick Corbin.

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