Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 31

Friday, March 14, 2014 / 17 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 25 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)

Game Recap vs. the Rockies:
The Seattle Mariners got strong pitching from Felix Hernandez and the rest of the staff but settled for a 2-2 tie against the Colorado Rockies in Cactus League action Friday in front of a sold-out crowd of 12,063 at Salt River Fields.

Starter Felix Hernandez tossed 4.0 innings, allowing just two hits and an unearned run while striking out two against the Rockies. He faced the minimum in the first, third and fourth innings and allowed the unearned run in the second frame. His four innings pitched are a personal spring high for Hernandez after tossing 2.0 and 2.1 innings in his first two starts.

Right fielder Stefen Romero got the Mariners on the board early with a solo home run in the first inning, his second of the spring. Romero is hitting .474 (9×19) with two doubles, two triples, two home runs and four RBI after starting the season the season 0-for-16.

After the Rockies tied the game in the second frame, Abraham Almonte gave the Mariners the lead again with a sacrifice fly that scored Brad Miller who had tripled to start the inning.

Shorstop Brad Miller finished the game 2-for-2 with a run scored, a triple and a walk and is now hitting .407 (11×27) with eight runs, two triples, three home runs and seven RBI this spring.

Erasmo Ramirez relieved Hernandez and tossed 4.0 innings of his own, allowing just a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning that tied the game. Relievers Carson Smith (9th) and Dominic Leone (10th) each tossed scoreless frames to keep the game deadlocked at two.

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The Mariners visited the Rockies tonight at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

The Mariners visited the Rockies tonight at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

Hey, Doc! Can I Play Now?
Starter Hisashi Iwakuma continued with the towel drill this afternoon and as of right now is scheduled to see the doctor early next week to see if he can resume throwing. We’re looking forward to having Hisashi get back in the swing of things.

Hisashi Iwakuma going through his towel drills.

Hisashi Iwakuma going through his towel drills.

Pryor Progressing
Right-hander Stephen Pryor keeps progressing as he rehabs from his injury and he threw to live batters today. He threw 25 pitches, using his full arsenal (curveball, slider, changeup) while facing outfielders Endy Chavez and Cole Gillespie. Pitching coach Rick Waits said he “looked great and better than last time.” As of now, Pryor is scheduled to throw again on Tuesday.

Stephen Pryor is progressing from his injury and will likely throw again on Tuesday.

Stephen Pryor is progressing from his injury and will likely throw again on Tuesday.

Roster Moves
The Mariners trimmed their roster to 40 players this afternoon by moving four players to the minor league side. First baseman Jesus Montero and outfielders Xavier Avery and James Jones were optioned to Triple-A, while shortstop Chris Taylor was reassigned to minor league camp. Of the 40 players left in Major League camp, 23 are pitchers (8 non-roster), 3 catchers (1 non-roster), 7 infielders (0 non-roster) and 7 outfielders (1 non-roster).

Mariners Toss No-Hitter (30 Years Ago Today)
An interesting note we stumbled upon today was that it is the 30th anniversary of the only no-hitter in Mariners exhibition history. On March 14, 1984, Mark Langston (4.0 IP), Bob Babcock (2.0 IP), Lee Guetterman (2.0 IP) and Dave Beard (1.0 IP) combined to no-hit the Oakland Athletics.

Mark Langston was part of a Spring Training no-hitter on March 14, 1984.

Mark Langston was part of a Spring Training no-hitter on March 14, 1984.

Minor League Intrasquad
The Mariners minor league camp played intrasquad games today before beginning the Spring Training schedule on Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Triple-A team squared off with the Double-A squad and High-A against Class A. As for results? We’ll have to get back to you on that.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (13-4-1) will play a day game tomorrow afternoon against the San Francisco Giants at Peoria Stadium. You can hear all the action on 710 ESPN Seattle with Rick Rizzs, Mike Blowers and Dave Sims calling the action. Left-hander James Paxton is scheduled to start for the Mariners vs. Giants right-hander Edwin Escobar.

TV Time:
Lots to see on TV the next couple of days. Saturday’s game vs. the San Francisco Giants will be a ROOT SPORTS NW telecast as well as Tuesday against the San Diego Padres, with Dave Sims and Mike Blowers on the call.

Mariners Podcasts:
Players continue to make the rounds on the local and national radio programs this spring, so keep an eye out for podcasts featuring Mike Zunino on with Steve Sandmeyer today and the Wyman, Mike and Moore Show to catch Blake Beavan. Once those interviews are up, we’ll post links to them on the Podcast page on this blog. Click, listen and enjoy!

Single Game Tickets on Sale:
Single-game tickets for the 2014 Seattle Mariners season are currently on sale. 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).

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