Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 43

Dustin Ackley went 2-for-4 with a triple today.

Dustin Ackley went 2-for-4 with a triple today.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 / 5 Days ‘til Opening Night (April 1 at Oakland) / 12 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Houston)

Game Recap:
The Mariners built a 10-3 lead and survived a four-run eighth inning by Los Angeles to defeat the Dodgers 10-7 in the final game at Peoria Stadium this spring. Seattle hit one home run, giving them an MLB-leading 55 this spring. Michael Morse gave Seattle a 2-0 lead in the first inning, hitting a long homer to left field with two outs off of LA starter Clayton Kershaw. Felix Hernandez (1-1) was the winner. He started for Seattle opposite Kershaw in a match-up of former Cy Young Award winners. Hernandez won the AL Cy Young in 2010, and Kershaw claimed the NL award in 2011. Hernandez gave up 3 earned runs in 6.0 innings of work, with 2 runs scoring on a 2-out RBI double by pitcher Ted Lilly in the sixth following several disputed ball/strike calls in the inning. Here is a box score from MLB.com.

Home Run Record:
Michael Morse
hit his 8th home run, a two-run shot off Clayton Kershaw in the bottom of the first inning. The 8 home runs lead all players in spring training (both Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues), and have tied the spring club record with Mike Wilson (also hit 8 in 2009). The Mariners have now hit 55 home runs in 31 games to lead all teams. The 55 home runs are tied for third most by any team in spring training play over the last 20 years.

Maurer Named Peoria ROY:
Prior to the game Brandon Maurer was named the Peoria Diamond Club Rookie of the Year. The right-hander finished spring 3-1 with a 0.90 ERA. Maurer was introduced by the Diamond Club and his named was placed on a special sign on that displays the other Peoria Diamond Club Rookies of the Year.

Brandon Maurer accepts his Peoria Diamond Club Rookie of the Year Award.

Brandon Maurer accepts his Peoria Diamond Club Rookie of the Year Award.

Good Roomates:
Brandon Maurer
was all smiles when he learned that he had made the Opening Day rotation. After calling his parents in Southern California to share the special news, Maurer was greeted by some of his roommates/teammates, Taijuan Walker, Stefen Romero and James Paxton. The tight-knit group, along with Logan Bawcom, are often found dining, golfing and hanging out together.

Tweet of the Day:

The King is Ready:
Felix Hernandez
made his final spring start prior to making his 2013 debut on Opening Day April 1 at Oakland. Felix allowed 9 hits and 3 runs in 6.0 innings to earn the win. He threw 96 pitches (61 strikes) and ended Cactus League play with a 2.65 ERA.

King Felix

King Felix

A First for Wedge:
Manager Eric Wedge was ejected with two outs in the sixth inning by minor league umpire Seth Buckminster (HP) for arguing balls and strikes. It was a first for the skipper during his career as a manager in spring training play.

Happy Birthday Jaime:
Jaime Navarro
, the Mariners bullpen coach, celebrated his birthday today. As with all of our coaches, we won’t mention which birthday it was. A nice birthday cake was brought in for his birthday and enjoyed by the team and staff. He also got a nice Happy Birthday serenade from Mariners front office members Jan Plein, Hallie Larson and Debbie Larsen.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (20-11) complete the Arizona portion of their spring training schedule tomorrow traveling to Mesa to play their final game against the Cubs at HoHoKam Stadium. The Cubs will move into a new training facility in 2014. Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma (2-0, 3.60) will make his sixth and final spring appearance (5th start) against Cubs right-hander Carlos Villanueva. The game will be broadcast by 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network.

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