Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 23

Another Mariners win improved the Cactus League record to 7-2.

Another Mariners win improved the Cactus League record to 7-2.

Thursday, March 6, 2014 / 25 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 33 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)

Game Recap:
The Mariners scored 5 runs over the final three innings to rally to a 7-4 win over the White Sox at Camelback Ranch [Box Score]. Eight different players recorded a hit, led by two each from Jesus Montero and Cole Gillespie. The White Sox retook the lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the 6th inning for a 4-3 lead, but Seattle battled right back with three runs in the top of the 7th to take a 5-4 lead. D.J. Peterson, Cole Gillespie and Jesus Montero recorded three consecutive two-out, run-scoring singles to give the Mariners the lead. Here is an updated look at the Mariners spring training stats.

Paxton & Zunino Radio Podcasts:
Mariners catcher Mike Zunino was as a guest on the 710 ESPN Seattle morning show, while left-handed pitcher James Paxton joined Bob & Groz. You can download podcasts of both interviews, as well as many more via the Radio Podcast section of this blog.

Beaver Nation:
It was Oregon State alumni day in the Mariners dugout, the only thing missing was black and orange uniforms. The Mariners travel roster consisted of three former Beaver baseball players: Stefen Romero, Cole Gillespie and Tyler Smith. Gillespie made sure to remind the younger Beavers (Romero and Smith), that he was part of the first national championship team in 2006. And there were a lot of good Pat Casey stories to be told. And there was actually one additional connection to the Beaver baseball program, as athletic trainer Matt Toth was the trainer for the OSU program from 2005-2006.

Cole Gillespie, Stefen Romero and Tyler Smith.

Cole Gillespie, Stefen Romero and Tyler Smith.

Go Pokes!:
Continuing the college baseball theme, the game also featured a pair of Oklahoma State Cowboys. Mariners starting pitcher Scott Baker was a starting pitcher for OSU from 2001-03, earning Freshman All-America honors in 2001 and All-Big 12 in 2003. He was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the second round of the 2003 June Draft. White Sox manager Robin Ventura is perhaps the most famous product of the Oklahoma State baseball program. Ventura was the 1988 Golden Spikes Award winner, played on the gold-medal winning 1988 Olympic team and was inducted into the inaugural class of the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006. And we of course can’t forget Mariners Video Coordinator Jimmy Hartley, who received his BS in Business Marketing and MBA from Oklahoma State, and worked with the OSU baseball program.

Miller’s Main Squeeze:
If there is one thing that shortstop Brad Miller values over almost everything else…it is his mitt. He has been known to take it on the team plan and wherever else he goes to protect his Rawlings glove. In fact, since his professional debut in 2011, Miller has only had one “gamer” and says he hasn’t even thought about using a different glove, no matter if he is at second base, third base or shortstop. Miller even has a special glove box for his mitt.

Brad Miller's gamer.

Brad Miller’s gamer.

Peterson’s Helmet:
Third baseman D.J. Peterson made his second spring appearance, and delivered a RBI single in the game. Peterson was the Mariners first round draft pick (12th overall) last June, and had a great first professional season combining to bat .303 (63×206) with 13 home runs in 54 games. His had his season cut short when playing for Clinton on Aug. 22 when he was hit by a pitch on his jaw and suffered an open fracture of the left mandible, which would require two surgeries to repair. As a protective measure, Peterson wears a special helmet that protects his jaw. Here is a picture of the helmet.

The special helmet D.J. Peterson is wearing.

The special helmet D.J. Peterson is wearing.

Getting to Know James Jones:
Mariners.com beat writer Greg Johns had a nice feature story on outfielder James Jones. Jones has been impressive so far in camp and has caught the attention of manager Lloyd McClendon. Here is a link to the story.

Jones

108 Stitches:
Logan Morrison took part in a photo shoot this morning for 108 Stitches, a clothing company that has partnered with the MLBPA to help the Jason Motte Foundation raise money to fight cancer.

Mariners All-Access:
Mariners All-Access airs on ROOT SPORTS tonight at 7 and 11 pm (check your local listings). Tonight’s show will feature highlights from today’s game vs. the White Sox, including a breakdown from Mike Blowers on how Scott Baker looked in his start. The show will also feature a tour of the new spring training facility in Peoria and Willie Bloomquist will share his memories of Lou Piniella.

There is an East Valley, right?:
Today marked the 8th day of Cactus League competition for the Mariners, and the club has yet to travel beyond the West Valley. Including today, will have played 2 games at Camelback Ranch, 2 games at Goodyear Ballpark and 5 games at Peoria Stadium. The club will finally visit the East Valley this Saturday with an afternoon game vs. the Giants in Scottsdale. The Mariners will tour 9 Cactus League stadiums this spring, including the Cubs’ new digs in Mesa.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (7-2) return to Cactus League play tomorrow (Friday, March 7) at 12:05 PT/1:05 MT vs. the Cincinnati Reds at Peoria Stadium. The game will be broadcasted live on 710 ESPN Seattle with Rick Rizzs, Aaron Goldsmith and Mike Blowers calling the action. Left-handed pitcher Randy Wolf (0-0, 0.00) is scheduled to start for the Mariners against Reds right-hander Brett Marshall (1-0, 0.00).

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