Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 38

Friday, March 21, 2014 / 10 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 18 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)

TV Time:
Tonight’s game will be televised on ROOT SPORTS in the Northwest. Rick Rizzs, Brad Adam and Mike Blowers will call the game action from Peoria. It is the fourth of seven games this spring to be televised by ROOT: March 22 at Rockies (delayed), March 28 vs. Rockies and March 29 at Rockies. Tomorrow’s game at Salt River Fields will be a Rockies telecast, and air in the Northwest at 5 pm. We’ll post some highlights of the game later on this blog.

Photo of the Day – Mariners Legends:
Former Mariners Alvin Davis, Mike Blowers and Dan Wilson stopped by the Baseball Information office to say hi before tonight’s game.

Mariners legends Alvin Davis, Mike Blowers and Dan Wilson.

Mariners legends Alvin Davis, Mike Blowers and Dan Wilson.

Kuma Throws…a Tennis Ball:
Right-handed pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma took another positive step in his rehab from an injured right middle finger. Iwakuma threw a tennis ball for 40-45 pitches from varying lengths, strengthening his grip on the baseball and improving his range of motion. Kuma said everything went great. The hope is for Kuma to throw a baseball in the next couple of days.

Hisashi Iwakuma working out under the watchful eye of Head Athletic Trainer Rick Griffin.

Hisashi Iwakuma working out under the watchful eye of Head Athletic Trainer Rick Griffin.

Pryor and Walker:
Manager Lloyd McClendon shared a bit of great information with the media this afternoon, announcing that Stephen Pryor and Taijuan Walker will throw in a minor league game tomorrow in Peoria.

Help Baby Hay Hay:
Mariners relief pitcher Stephen Pryor was handing out orange bracelets today to show support for his niece, Hayden Hudgens, who has diagnosed with Leukemia at just two years of age. Several of Stephen’s teammates have already stepped up to help donate. If you wish to help out Stephen and his family, there is a website to donate at YouCaring.com.

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Oppo Taco:
Several Mariners players were sporting some custom shirts in Mariners colors made by the OppoTaco clothing brand. Michael Saunders was sent a package of the shirts by former Mariners farmhand Hyung Cho, who is the founder of the clothing brand.

Seahawks to Take Part in Opening Day:
For the home opener April 8 vs. the Angels, the Mariners will salute the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks, as Russell Wilson, Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith, Jermaine Kearse, K.J. Wright, Bobby Wagner and others will be on hand for a special presentation and the ceremonial first pitch.

Prieto Named Quality Control Coach:
Chris Prieto
, who was scheduled to manage Single-A Clinton this season, has been promoted to Quality Control Coach. Prieto will serve as the liaison between the Mariners advance scouting staff, manager Lloyd McClendon and the big league coaches. Prieto will travel with the Major League team all season, but will not be permitted to be in uniform during the game. Prieto is in his second season in the Mariners system and was slated to manage Class A Clinton in the Midwest League this season prior to being promoted to the big league staff. He led the Pulaski Mariners to the Appalachian League Championship in 2013 with a league-best 41-27 record.

Chris Prieto

Chris Prieto

Instagram of the Day:
Brad Miller
and Dominic Leone had a little fun with roommate Danny Hultzen

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners play a pair of games tomorrow in Cactus League action, both on the road. The split-squad games will be played at Colorado (1:10 pm, Salt River Fields) and at Oakland (1:05 pm, Phoenix Municipal Stadium). LHP Roenis Elias will start vs. the Rockies, and RHP Scott Baker will take the mound vs. the A’s. The game vs. Oakland will be broadcast live on the radio on 710 ESPN Seattle, while the game vs. the Rockies will be televised on ROOT SPORTS (delayed until 5 pm). The telecast will be a Rockies production (no Mariners announcers).

Tweets of the Day:

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