Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 30
Thursday, March 14, 2013 / 18 Days ‘til Opening Night (April 1 at Oakland) / 25 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Houston)
The Mariners claimed an 8-7, come-from-behind win over the Cincinnati Reds in Peoria today. Michael Morse was 3-for-3 with a double, 2 homers and 5 RBI and Mike Zunino hit a go-ahead solo HR in the bottom of the 8th to snap a 7-7 tie. Brandon Maurer picked up the win with four shutout innings in relief (4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO) and Oliver Perez worked a perfect ninth inning for the save. The win snapped Seattle’s four-game losing streak and came after the club fell behind 7-1.
Shall we Just Call You Jack?:
Michael Morse had a big day at the plate today, finishing the game 3-for-3 with 2 home runs, a double and 5 RBI. Morse is the third Mariners player this spring to record a 2-homer game (joining Carlos Peguero and Stefen Romero) and his 5 RBI game was the second biggest day of the spring (behind Romero’s monster 7 RBI day).
Speaking of Michael Morse and home runs. The two homers he hit today gives him five this spring. That’s tied with Paul Konerko (Chicago White Sox) for the most in the Cactus League.
He’s Just Perfect
Mariners ace Felix Hernandez sat down with ESPN for about 30 minutes this morning. ESPN is putting together a special on Perfect Games and is trying to interview every living pitcher who has a perfecto on his resume. They have spoken with everyone from former Senator (and Hall of Famer) Jim Bunning to Felix.
To B or Not to B:
The Mariners played a “B” game this morning at the Indians in Goodyear, Arizona. B games are generally arranged so teams can get work for pitchers that might not be available in the A Game. Today’s game featured James Paxton, Taijuan Walker, Kameron Loe and Carter Capps. In addition, Dustin Ackley played first base for the first time this spring. Seattle dropped a 6-0 decision in the seven-inning contest, as Paxton was charged with four unearned runs.
The World Baseball Classic team from Kingdom of the Netherlands arrived in Arizona on Wednesday, and worked out in Peoria today. Kalian Sams, from the Mariners organization, was a popular interview request with the media in Peoria, as was Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven and former Mariners outfielder Wladimir Balentien. The Netherlands club, which has qualified for the Championship round in San Francisco, is playing an exhibition game vs. the San Diego Padres tonight, and will take on the Mariners on Thursday at 7:05 pm. That game can be heard on ESPN 710 Seattle and the Mariners radio network.
A Few More Empty Lockers:
The Mariners made another round of cuts today, letting five players know they had been optioned (for guys on the 40-man roster) or re-assigned (for non-roster guys) to minor league camp. With just about two weeks left in camp, cuts will start coming hot and heavy now. Seattle started with 61 players in big league camp (40 roster players, and 21 non-roster invitees). When the club breaks camp at the end of the month, it will be with 25 players.
Good Seats Still Available:
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that single-game tickets go on sale at 10 AM Saturday, March 16. Get your seats early and lock in for Opening Night, Ken Griffey Jr. Hall of Fame night, or to see the opponent you’d must like to see the Mariners defeat. Tickets are available with no service charge at Safeco Field and Seattle Mariners team stores. Or, grab them on-line at www.mariners.com.
Former Mariners announcer Ron Fairly stopped by camp today. In addition to visiting with Rick Rizzs and his other friends in the organization, he was here to thank Felix Hernandez and Raul Ibanez. Felix and Raul autographed baseball to support a charity Ron works with, Rebuilding America’s Warriors. Rebuilding America’s Warriors (R.A.W.) is a non-profit foundation dedicated to providing free reconstructive surgery to recently wounded and disfigured active service and veteran status warriors.
The Mariners Wives group had their first 2013 meeting this morning at the complex. They met with front office staff, including the community relations department to begin to plan the fundraising events they participate in during the season.
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On Tap Tomorrow (Tuesday, March 12):
The Mariners have a pair of games scheduled for tomorrow, playing in Tempe vs. the Angels at 1:10 pm, and hosting the Netherlands in Peoria at 7:05 pm. The game vs.the Netherlands will be broadcast live on 710 ESPN Seattle. Right-hander Jeremy Bonderman is scheduled to start for Seattle in the game versus the Angels, while Jon Garland is on tap for the evening game.