Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 18

Mariners Spring Training Update

Saturday, March 1, 2014 / 30 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angeles) / 39 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels).

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Felt Like a Rain Delay:

The whole day felt like one big rain delay, with the constant question around camp all morning was usually about the weather. It rained most of the night and started raining again around 10 am this morning.  The rainy (and cold) weather pushed the workouts into the batting cages, while the pitchers were able to use the covered bullpens. Everyone was debating whether or not we would even be able to play today, but Assistant General Manager Jeff Kingston finally confirmed the game would be played as scheduled with a 1:05 start time, though it was called in the 7th innings once the thunder showers moved in.

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Players conditioning inside due to the rain.

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Nick Franklin hitting in the cages.

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Felix Hernandez throwing a bullpen.

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It’s raining!

It Never Rains in Arizona:

It rained overnight in Arizona, breaking a streak of 70 consecutive days without any precipitation in the Valley of the Sun. Prior to last night, it last rained on December 20, 2013. And in case you were wondering, the Mariners have had a Cactus League game cancelled due to rain in each of the last four spring trainings, but were fortunate to get today’s game in.

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Going to B.A.T.:

Former Mariners outfielder Randy Winn is the Vice President of Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T) and was on hand this morning with other members of his team sharing stories on how B.A.T. can impact someone’s life and encouraging players to participate and donate. The primary objective of the B.A.T is to aid those members of the “baseball family” most in need. B.A.T. strives to provide a means of support to people who are unable to help themselves. Through charitable contributions from corporations, foundations and individuals, B.A.T. is there to assist those with financial, psychological or physical burdens.

Baseball Tonight Bus Tour:

The Baseball Tonight Bus Tour made their way to the Mariners complex in Peoria and brought with them host Tim Kurkjian. Manager Lloyd McClendon and Robinson Cano were each interviewed live by Tim on the Baseball Tonight set. During each stop, Kurkjian and Pedro Gomez interviewed players and provide in-depth perspective on team preparation and off-season storylines heading into the 2014 MLB season. Cano, Felix Hernandez, Taijuan Walker, Kyle Seager, Nick Franklin were just a few of the player to sit down for ESPN interviews. The bus is the same one used for Monday Night Football. After beginning the tour in the Grapefruit League it left Florida on Monday and arrived in Peoria two days later. According to the driver the bus currently has approximately 270,000 miles, but that is nothing considering it probably won’t need any maintenance until it goes over 500,000 miles. Felix, Logan Morrison and Nick Franklin were just a few of the players to tour the bus. Felix was trying to figure out how to borrow it for a road trip for a couple of days!

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Manager Lloyd McClendon chatting with Tim Kurkjian on the Baseball Tonight set at the Peoria Sports Complex.

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Behind the scenes with Robinson Cano on the Baseball Tonight set.

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Robinson Cano being interviewed by ESPN for Baseball Tonight.

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Felix Hernandez in front of the Baseball Tonight Goodyear Express Tour bus.

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Logan Morrison and Nick Franklin on the Baseball Tonight bus.

Game 3 Recap:

The Seattle Mariners improved to 3-0 in Cactus League play with a 5-3 rain-shortened win in 7 innings over the Los Angeles Angels Saturday afternoon at Peoria Stadium.

The Mariners 3-4-5 hitters, Robinson Cano, Justin Smoak and Logan Morrison, combined to go 6-for-8. Cano finished 2-for-3 with one RBI, Smoak was 2-for-2 with a double and a walk and Morrison was 2-for-3 with a double and one RBI.

Seattle is off to a 3-0 start in spring training play for the sixth time in club history, but first since 1994.

Seattle jumped out to the early lead with two runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Smoak led off with a towering double off the center field wall, and came into score on a fielder’s choice by Brad Miller. Carlos Triunfel plated Dustin Ackley with the second run on a sac fly to center field.

The Mariners added to the lead with two more runs in the 3rd inning, with Cano and Ackley plating runs in the inning. Morrison completed the Mariners scoring with a RBI double in the bottom of the 5th inning.

Mariners starter Scott Baker (1-0) earned the win allowing one hit and one walk in 2.0 scoreless innings. Left-hander Roenis Elias (1.1 IP) and Hector Noesi (1.2 IP) added scoreless relief efforts.

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Starting pitcher Scott Baker making his Spring Training debut in a Mariners uniform.

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Justin Smoak doubling in the 2nd inning off Angels starter C.J. Wilson.

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Justin Smoak scoring on a fielder’s choice by Brad Miller.

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Robinson Cano and Brad Miller turning a double play.

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Robinson Cano catching a pop up at second base.

Did You know:

The Mariners are 3-0 to open Spring Training for the sixth time in team history and first since 1994. Seattle started Cactus League play 3-0 in 1989, 1990-92 and 1994.

A Rarity in the PR Office:

The Mariners Baseball Information staff had five staff members in the Peoria office today. We usually have at least three people representing the staff in Peoria, but how schedules worked out we had a full crew on hand today. Assistant Director Jeff Evans flew into Phoenix last night (and yes he is being blamed for bringing the rain with him), while Senior Vice President of Communications Randy Adamack arrived on Thursday night. 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).

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Mariners Baseball Information Department (from left to right): Fernando Alcala, Jeff Evans, Kelly Munro, Tim Hevly and Randy Adamack.

Single Game Tickets on Sale March 8:

Single-game tickets for the 2014 Seattle Mariners season go on sale to the public at 10am on Saturday, March 8. Highlights of the 81-game home schedule include Opening Night (Tuesday, April 8 vs. Los Angeles Angels), Beard Hat Night, Turn Back The Clock Night, Bat Night, Lou Piniella’s induction into the Mariners Hall of Fame, three postgame fireworks shows, and a host of other special events and giveaways (available at this link mariners.com/promotions).

Tickets will be available without a service charge at the Safeco Field Box Office and Seattle Mariners Team Stores. They’re also available at mariners.com, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers and by phone at 1-888-SEA-HITS (service charges apply). Fans can register for a special online pre-sale opportunity to buy tickets on March 6, two days before they go on sale to the general public. Sign up at mariners.com/register. Pre-sale registration closes at 11:59pm on March 3.

Weather:
We’ll chalk this up as just one of those rare Arizona days where the sunshine was drowned out by clouds and rain. Hopefully this will be one of the only rainy day this spring.

Quote of the Day:

“Unless you got someone else in mind. I am trying to see if he can go Opening Day, the second day and the third day.

Manager Lloyd McClendon answered after being asked if Felix Hernandez would be the Mariners Opening Day starter.

Felix Hernandez is scheduled to make his  seventh career Opening Day start vs. the Los Angeles Angels on Monday, March 31. He is currently tied Randy Johnson for most Opening Day starts in club history. Has started each of the Mariners last six Opening Days (since 2009), going 4-0 with a 1.33 ERA (7 ER, 47.1 IP).

Felix Hernandez tied his career-high with 13 strikeouts in a shutout performance last night vs. Boston. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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Tweet of the Day:

On Tap Tomorrow (March 2):
The Mariners head on the road tomorrow to Goodyear to face the Cleveland Indians. The Mariners will continue to work out in the morning beginning at 9:30 AM with first pitch at 1:05 PM (12:05 PT).

3 Comments

I do hope the weather gets better I will be there on the 15 th. tell the 20th. and have been the last 2 yrs. and the weather has been great. I come down to see the team and enjoy the weather so you need to get the weather a lot better Date: Sun, 2 Mar 2014 00:12:35 +0000 To: jacksdds@live.com

Will the team workout in Peoria in the morning before heading to Goodyear? Thanks!

Yes, we work out in Peoria each morning before games.

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