Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 27
Monday, March 10, 2014 / 21 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 29 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)
Robinson Cano was 3-for-3 and Justin Smoak was 1-for-2 with a double, a run scored and a sacrifice fly, but Seattle fell to the Kansas City Royals by an 8-2 score in front of 4,983 fans Monday afternoon at Peoria Stadium. The Mariners dropped to 10-4 in Cactus League play. Seattle plays the second game of a day-night, split-squad doubleheader tonight at the Arizona Diamondbacks (7-6-2) at Salt River Fields. Second baseman Robinson Cano was 3-for-3 in his first game action since March 5. He missed the previous four days following a root canal. Justin Smoak, in the line-up as the designated hitter, hit a sacrifice fly to deep center field to give Seattle a 1-0 lead in the first, and later added a double and a run scored. Seattle’s offense could not come back from a Kansas City Royals five-run outburst in the third inning that snapped a 1-1 tie. Starting pitcher Brandan Maurer (0-1) allowed a two out run in the second inning that tied the score at 1-1. He retired the first two batters he faced in the third, but was lifted after allowing three straight two-out singles. Minor leaguer Stephen Shackleford entered in relief, but battled his control and ended up allowing five runs to cross the plate (0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 SO). Yoervis Medina continued his impressive spring with 2.0 shutout innings; he has yet to allow an earned run, and Ramon Ramirez also tossed a clean frame. [Box Score]. Here is an updated look at the Mariners spring training stats.
Welcome Back Cano:
Robinson Cano was back in the lineup today vs. the Royals after not playing the last four Cactus League games. Cano had a root canal last Wednesday and has spent the last few days recovering from surgery. The days off definitely didn’t affect Cano at the plate as he picked up right where he left off going 2-for-2 in the game. He has hit safely in 5 of 6 games he has appeared with 3 multi-hit games. Overall he is batting .600 (9×15) with runs scored, 3 RBI and 1 walk. Cano said he swung a broom handle and hit dried black beans pitched to him to stay sharp.
Now Reporting for Physicals:
Minor League position players reported for physicals today. The entire squad will begin workouts tomorrow with games starting March 16 vs. the Brewers affiliates. The Mariners will have approximately 150 players in camp.
Rated as one of the best Minor League Farm systems in baseball, the Mariners are looking to continue to improve upon their success in 2013. The Mariners 9 minor league affiliates wrapped up the 2013 season combining for a 461-433 (.516) record. The organization finished 3rd among all Major League farm systems in wins (461), while finishing 10th in winning percentage (.516). Four of the Mariners 9 affiliates advanced to the playoffs in 2013. Pulaski (Appalachian League) and VSL Mariners (Venezuelan League) won their league titles. Clinton (Midwest League) and Everett (Northwest League) advanced to the playoffs, but lost in the first round.
Major League Baseball, Target Corp and PEOPLE today announced the “Target Presents PEOPLE All-Star Teachers” campaign, which celebrates remarkable current and retired teachers who make an impact on the lives of their students and communities. All-Stars Carlos Beltran and Adrian Gonzalez will lend their support to the initiative by encouraging fans to nominate an outstanding teacher beginning today through May 6th at AllStarTeachers.com. Nominees will have the chance to represent their favorite team and be honored during the pre-game ceremony of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game on July 15th on FOX.
Working Day and Night:
The Mariners continue their 38th spring training today with a split squad, day-night doubleheader vs. the Kansas City Royals in the afternoon game at Peoria Stadium and at the Arizona Diamondbacks in the night game at Salt River Fields. Today marks the second day/night split-squad of the past three days for the Mariners (and the PR staff is already exhausted). Seattle swept the split DH on Saturday, winning at San Francisco and at LA. It is also the third of four split squads this spring (also: 3/3, 3/8 & 3/22); Seattle is 4-1 in split squad games thus far.
I Guess I Didn’t Get the Memo:
Manager of Game Used & Memorabilia Shawn Wert, Medical Director Ed Khalfayan and Senior Director of Baseball Information Tim Hevly each showed up today wearing the same Mariners blue polo. Must have been a memo sent out last I that I didn’t receive because I counted 7 different people wearing blue polo shirts today in the pressbox, but only the three matching shirts.
Guests in Camp:
Michael King and photographer Mike Hays from Evening Magazine arrived in Peoria this afternoon just in time for the 1:05 start vs. the Royals. Michael and Jim Dever, who will arrive tomorrow night, will be in Peoria the next four days taping stories for their nightly show in Seattle. From the fan experience at the Peoria Stadium to interviews with some of the interviews with the players, the Evening Magazine staff has a lot of story ideas up their sleeves and will make the viewers at home feel like they are enjoying the game in Peoria!
Try My Bats:
The Trinity Bat Company was at the Peoria Sports Complex today talking to the Mariners players about their products. Trinity Bat Company, which was founded in 2005, is based Orange County, CA, and helps the performance of many current Major League players.
What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (10-4) return to Cactus League play tomorrow (Tuesday, March 11) with the Mariners traveling to Tempe Diablo Stadium to take on the Los Angeles Angels at 1:05 pm. RH Scott Baker will start for the Mariners vs. Angels LH C.J. Wilson.
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