Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 21

The Mariners celebrate another Cactus League victory.

The Mariners celebrate another Cactus League victory.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 / 27 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 35 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)

King Felix Makes His Debut:
Felix Hernandez
made his first appearance of the spring in his start against the Dodgers. King Felix battled through some command issues in the first inning, but bounced back to throw 2.0 scoreless innings (29 pitches, 17 strikes). After allowing a leadoff double to Yasiel Puig and a walk to Carl Crawford, he got Hanley Ramirez to ground into a double play and struck out Andre Ethier to end the first inning.

Felix Hernandez made his spring debut today vs. the Dodgers.

Felix Hernandez made his spring debut today vs. the Dodgers.

Game Recap:
The Mariners improved to 6-1 in Cactus League play with a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Felix Hernandez made his spring debut and earned the win throwing 2.0 scoreless innings. The Mariners jumped out to an early lead with a three-run third inning, including back-to-back RBI singles by shortstop Brad Miller and third baseman Kyle Seager. Center fielder James Jones singled to lead off the fourth inning, stole second and eventually scored on a wild pitch to add the Mariners fourth run of the game. Seager and Jones each recorded 2 of the Mariners 8 hits. Dominic Leone worked a 1-2-3 9th inning for the save. Here is an updated look at the Mariners spring training stats. Here are some action shots from the game taken by team photographer Ben Van Houten.

Cactus League Report:
If you are in Arizona and reading this blog, head on over to the Salty Senorita tonight for the Cactus League Report from 7-9 pm (Arizona Time). If you want to listen on 710 ESPN Seattle or Mariners.com, the segment will run from 7-9 pm in Seattle. Scheduled guests include: Lloyd McClendon, Dustin Ackley, Charlie Furbush, Mike Zunino, Blake Beavan, Dan Wilson, James Jones and Mariners.com beat writer Greg Johns. Rick Rizzs, Aaron Goldsmith and Shannon Drayer will host the 2-hour show.

Like Father, Like Son:
Mariners first base coach Andy Van Slyke was able to have a nice pregame chat with his son, Dodgers first baseman/outfielder Scott Van Slyke. The elder Van Slyke was a little disappointed Scott was not in the starting lineup, but he had the chance to chat with him at first base during the game when Scott came into the game in the 6th inning.

Scott and Andy Van Slyke

Scott and Andy Van Slyke

Tweets of the Day:

Seager Returns:
Third baseman Kyle Seager returned to game action today after sitting out a few days with a jammed index finger. Seager responded with a RBI single in the top of the third inning.

Nice Penmanship:
Want to know who the man behind the impeccable penmanship that writes out the daily lineup card? That would be bench coach Trent Jewett. Jewett takes great pride in filling out the lineup card and says he has had a lot of practice over the years. When we have posted the lineup card to twitter and other social media sites this spring, there have been a lot of comments on how neat the writing is.

The neat handwriting on the lineup card is by bench coach Trent Jewett.

The neat handwriting on the lineup card is by bench coach Trent Jewett.

Bullpen Sessions:
Randy Wolf
, Logan Bawcom, Tom Wilhelmsen and Stephen Pryor all threw bullpens during the morning workout. For Pryor, it was his fourth bullpen coming back from injury and he said he “felt great”. Pryor said he threw 30 pitches, and graduated to throwing a few breaking balls.

RHP Stephen Pryor threw a 30-pitch bullpen this morning.

RHP Stephen Pryor threw a 30-pitch bullpen this morning.

Van Slyke Radio Podcast:
Mariner first base coach Andy Van Slyke joined Brock & Danny this morning as a guest on 710 ESPN Seattle. Here is a link to a podcast of the interview.

Welcome Back to Camp Tracy:
MLB.com writer Tracy Ringolsby was in camp today and attended the Mariners-Dodgers game in Glendale. Ringolsby was the Mariners beat writer for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer from July 1980 – July 1983. He was the 2005 recipient of the J. G. Taylor Spink Award which was presented at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Always great to have Tracy, and his trademark cowboy hat, in camp.

Legendary scribe Tracy Ringolsby.

Legendary scribe Tracy Ringolsby.

Who is Ketel Marte?:
The starting lineup for today’s game featured a new name to a lot of Mariners fans. Minor leaguer Ketel Marte wore #78 and started at second base. Marte combined to bat .295 (137×464) in 117 games with Clinton and High Desert. His best moment of the season came when he recorded 9 consecutive multi-hit games July 30-August 7. Marte is listed by MLB.com as the Mariners #20 prospect.

WWE:
It was quite the sight this morning in the coaches area of the clubhouse, as AAA Manager Rich Donnelly was showing WWE highlights to first base coach Andy Van Slyke. Donnelly said he can’t get enough of the stuff, and has become a fan of the “wrestling” entertainment since last year when he was manager of the Brooklyn Cyclones and the team photographer was also the photographer for the WWE.

Mariners All-Access:
Mariners All-Access airs on ROOT SPORTS tonight starting at 7 pm (check your local listings). A special episode of Behind the Scenes with Robinson Cano will air before Mariners All-Access at 6:30 pm. Tonight’s show will feature highlights from the spring debut of Felix Hernandez, interviews with Robinson Cano and Fernando Rodney and a preview of AL West rivals Oakland Athletics.

Instagram of the Day:

#KingFelix

A photo posted by Heidi Iphone (@heidimv73) on

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (6-1) return to Cactus League play tomorrow (Wednesday, March 5) at 12:05 PT/1:05 MT vs. the Cleveland Indians at Peoria Stadium. The game will be broadcast in the Seattle on 710 ESPN Seattle on delay at 7 pm PT. Left-handed pitcher James Paxton (0-0, 0.00) is scheduled to start for the Mariners against Indians right-hander Travis Banwart.

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