Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 32

Kendrys Morales blasted his third home run of the spring. (AP Photo)

Kendrys Morales blasted his third home run of the spring. (AP Photo)

Saturday, March 16, 2013 / 16 Days ‘til Opening Night (April 1 at Oakland) / 23 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Houston)

Game Recap:
The Mariners won their third consecutive Cactus League game with a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies at a sold-out Salt River Fields in Scottsdale. Erasmo Ramirez turned in the longest start by a Mariners pitcher this spring, allowing two runs over 6.0 innings to improve to 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA. Left-handers Charlie Furbush (2.0 IP) and Oliver Perez (1.0 IP) closed out the victory. Perez recorded his second save. Offensively, Kendrys Morales (#3) and Mike Jacobs (#2) both hit home runs, and Morales, Jesus Montero and Carlos Peguero recorded multi-hit games. The Mariners have now hit 41 home runs in 21 Cactus League games to lead all teams. Here is a box score from

Erasmo Ramirez.

Erasmo Ramirez.

Ryan has the Gammons Approval:
Prior to the start of the game Hall of Fame writer Peter Gammons, who is currently with the MLB Network and, stopped by the Mariners dugout. He caught up with Mariners trainer Rick Griffin, Michael Morse, bench coach Robby Thompson and manager Eric Wedge. One of the great personalities of our game, Gammons chatted with Wedge about covering him in the Cape Cod League in the late 1980’s and got a chance to meet shortstop Brendan Ryan for the first time. Gammons was part of a 10-person panel that helped choose the Fielding Bible Awards, which Brendan won as the best defensive shortstop last season. Gammons told a group of Mariners coaches he thought Brendan was the best defender in the game today. Pretty high praise from a Hall of Famer!

Brendan Ryan, Peter Gammons and Rick Griffin.

Brendan Ryan, Peter Gammons and Rick Griffin.

Cactus League Rules:
It is spring training, and the name of the game is to get your players ready for the season. So sometimes you see some weird lineup situations. Today, the Mariners utilized the designated hitter (Jesus Montero), while the Rockies elected to have their pitcher hit (like they do during the regular season). Coaches and GM’s usually agree a few days in advance to make sure each team is OK with the situation.

Put Your Green On:
Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, so be sure to wear something green. The Mariners will keep up their annual tradition of wearing green hats when they play a game on St. Patrick’s Day.

At Least the Laptop is Safe:
Mariners radio announcer Aaron Goldsmith had a foul ball head straight at him in broadcast booth during the middle innings of today’s game when Peter Gammons was a guest on today’s broadcast. Thinking quickly from earlier this spring when producer/engineer Kevin Cremin had his laptop destroyed by a foul ball Feb. 26 against the Brewers, Goldsmith immediately closed the lid to his laptop, but was not able to cleanly catch the foul ball. Next time we expect the rookie announcer to make the catch and save the laptop!

Welcome to Camp Adamack:
Mariners Senior Vice President of Communications Randy Adamack officially checked into camp for last night’s WBC exhibition game vs. The Netherlands, but today was his first day getting a lay of the land at spring training. We won’t put a number on what spring training this is for Randy, but let’s just say he was in the PR department with the Cleveland Indians when they trained in Arizona (Tucson, not Goodyear). Good to have you here Randy!

Beautiful Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

Beautiful Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

Lights, Camera, Action vs. the Rangers:
Tomorrow’s game vs. the Rangers will be televised by ROOT Sports NW with Dave Sims and Mike Blowers calling the action. It is the second of six spring training games that will be broadcast back to the Northwest by ROOT. Additional games include March 19 vs. San Francisco (7:05 pm), March 21 vs. Chicago-NL (7:05 pm), March 23 vs. Cleveland (1:05 pm), March 30 vs. Colorado (12:05 pm) in Salt Lake City.

Single-Game Tickets on Sale:
Single-game tickets for the 2013 season went on sale to the public this morning. Get your tickets via, all Mariners team stores or the Safeco Field Box Office. The home opener is just 23 days away April 8 vs. new division rival Houston Astros.

What’s on Tap:

The Mariners (14-7) take a break from two consecutive days of road Cactus League games to return home to Peoria Stadium to face the Texas Rangers (10-9-2) at 1:05 p.m. Right-hander Blake Beavan (1-0, 5.63) is scheduled to make his fourth spring appearance (3rd start) against Rangers lefty-hander Michael Kirkman (0-0, 0.00). Felix Hernandez is also scheduled to pitch tomorrow, but in a minor league game vs. the Reds at 1 p.m. on one of the lower fields at the Mariners complex.


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