Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 36
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 / 12 Days ‘til Opening Night (April 1 at Oakland) / 19 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Houston)
Today was the third of four scheduled off days this spring, with the final one being a travel day to Salt Lake City on March 29. For the most part, the Major League side of the complex was pretty dead today, with a few players checking in with the trainers and Jeremy Bonderman pitched in a minor league game.
A Throne Fit For The King:
Felix Hernandez spent over an hour with a photo crew from ESPN The Magazine, and the following photo pretty much explains it all. Look for this picture in an upcoming issue of The Mag.
After last night’s 6-3 win over the Giants, the Mainers improved to 17-7, climbing into a tie with Kansas City for the most wins by any team in the Cactus or Grapefruit Leagues (KC earned their 18t win today). The Mariners also checked in with the most home runs (45), runs scored (156), extra base hits (104) and highest slugging percentage (.524). Individually, Michael Morse entered today tied for the spring lead in home runs (6) and Kendrys Morales was tied for 3rd with 5 longballs. [all stats are entering today]
|Most Team Wins:|
|Kansas City Royals||17||6||24|
|Tampa Bay Rays||14||9||23|
|Most Home Runs:|
|Most Team Home Runs:|
|5.||Chicago White Sox||21||29|
Speaking of Bonderman (and Shoppach):
Jeremy Bonderman pitched in a minor league game today against Triple-A Omaha (Royals minor league affiliate). The right-hander pitched the equivalent of 5.0 innings (faced 24 batters), allowing one run, five hits and struck out four (threw 76 pitches). Kelly Shoppach caught Bonderman’s game and had quite the day at the plate, hitting a 2-run home run and a 2-run double in Tacoma’s 6-3 win.
Minor League Highlights:
With the Major League team taking the day off, the highlights from game action came from the lower fields in games against the KC Royals affiliates (AAA/AA home, High/Low-A road). The squads went 2-2, with Tacoma and Jackson both posting wins, and are now a combined 10-6 in four days worth of actoin. Some highlights included the following:
- Catcher Kelly Shoppach had a 2-run double and 2-run HR playing for Tacoma.
- Catcher Steven Baron hit a 3-run HR for Jackson.
- RHP Andrew Carraway allowed 1 hit in 4.0 scoreless innings for Jackson.
- RHP Grady Wood fired 2.0 perfect innings (2 strikeouts) for High Desert.
- Home runs by Phillips Castillo and Jamodrick McGruder (inside-the-park) for Clinton.
Tweet of the Day:
Saunders Named to All-WBC Team:
Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders was named to the 2013 METLIFE All-World Baseball Classic Team today. Saunders joined outfielders Angel Pagan (Puerto Rico) and Nelson Cruz (Dominican Republic on the All-WBC squad. Saunders batted .727 (8×11) with 4 runs scored, 3 doubles, 1 home run and 7 RBI in 3 games for Canada. The Mariners have had a constant connection on the All-WBC team in the three years of the event (2006, 2009, 2012). Adrian Beltre (a Mariner at the time) and Ken Griffey Jr. (Cincinnati Red at the time) were on the squad in 2006, and Jose Lopez (at the time a Mariner) and Hisashi Iwakuma (playing for Japan) were named to the All-WBC team in 2009.
The Virginia Connection:
The Mariners have an uncanny connection with the University of Virginia, with six former Cavaliers currently in the Mariners organization: Left-handed pitcher Danny Hultzen, catcher John Hicks, infielder Keith Werman, infielder Steven Proscia, right-handed pitcher Andrew Carraway and infielder Chris Taylor. The sextet of players were profiled today by Mariners.com beat writer Greg Johns. Check out the cool story.
On the Tube:
Two of the next three Mariners games will be televised by ROOT Sports, tomorrow night vs. the Cubs (7:05 p.m.) and Saturday vs. the Indians (1:05 p.m.). A reminder that Friday’s game vs. the Padres is a 7:05 p.m. game, as some early spring schedules had the game listed as an afternoon game. The Padres will televise the game, which will be available for subscribers on MLB.tv.
What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (17-7) return to Cactus League play tomorrow night hosting the Chicago Cubs (12-14) at 7:05 p.m. at Peoria Stadium. The game will again be televised on ROOT Sports and broadcast on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network. Veteran right-hander Jon Garland (1-0, 1.50) is scheduled to make his fourth spring start against Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija (2-0, 3.68).