Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 16

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Saturday, March 7, 2015 / 30 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)

Game Recaps:
Justin Ruggiano
hit a three-run home run to lead the Mariners 14-hit attack in an 11-7 victory over the Chicago White Sox Saturday afternoon in Cactus League play at Camelback Ranch…the Mariners were split today, dropping a home game to the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3, and are now 3-2 in spring training play…in the game vs. the Diamondbacks the Mariners allowed a pair of runs in the 9th after the Arizona leadoff batter reached via…Rickie Weeks hit a tape-measure home run over the center field “Blue Monster” at Peoria Stadium.

Weeks HR:

 

Iwakuma:

 

Austin Jackson:

Tweets of the Day:

Cactus League Debut:
It is official…Felix Hernandez will travel to Scottsdale to face the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday to make his Cactus League debut. LHP J.A. Happ will make his Mariners debut tomorrow vs. the Cincinnati Reds at Goodyear Ballpark and RH Taijuan Walker gets the nod in his second start for Monday’s game vs. the Cleveland Indians. In other news around camp, Manager Lloyd McClendon also announced that lefty starter James Paxton, who has been sidelined due to soreness in his forearm is tentatively scheduled to make his Cactus League debut on March 17.

Nice Crowd:
A nice crowd of 9,130 fans attended the home game vs. the Diamondbacks. It was nearly a perfect day down here with temperatures in the high 70s.

Hultzen Throws Second Bullpen:
LHP Danny Hultzen returned to the mound for his second live BP session today. Danny is getting closer to throwing in an actual game after undergoing shoulder surgery on October 1, 2013. He threw 30 pitches today and was able to work on all of his pitches, including his breaking ball.

“When I can just throw it and throw it for strikes,” Hultzen said, “that when I know it’s better.”

Excitement in the Air:
The Mariners 2015 Single Game Tickets went on sale this morning and within an hour Opening Day on April 6 vs. the Los Angeles Angels was virtually sold out. The remaining available inventory is limited to scattered single tickets. Opening Day tickets are still available with the purchase of full or 20-Game season tickets or 10-Game Flex plans. Information about Mariners season tickets and 10-Game Flex plans is available at mariners.com/2015, or by calling 206-346-4001. Plenty of good seats are still available for the 80 remaining games on the Mariners 2015 home schedule, including Beard Hat Night on April 17 (vs. Texas), Felix Hernandez Bobblehead Night on April 18 (vs. Texas), Hisashi Iwakuma Bear Hat Night on April 25 (vs. Minnesota), and Salute to Kids Day, Sunday, April 26 (vs. Minnesota).

Two new special events have been added to the schedule:

  • April 26, vs. Minnesota – Safeco Field’s first postgame movie: The Lego Movie
  • June 19, vs. Houston – Star Wars Night. Fans are encouraged to dress in their Jedi best. Characters from the movie franchise will be on hand. The event will be followed by a postgame Star Wars-themed fireworks show.

Wrapping Up Mini Camp:
With the conclusion of Mini Camp tomorrow, the focus of the Player Development staff is now shifting to preparing for Minor League Spring Training Camp. From Coordinators to coaches to trainers all 55 minor league staff member have reported to Peoria and will begin meeting tomorrow afternoon. Director of Players Development Chris Gwynn and Field Coordinator Jack Howell will go lead the meetings the next two days that consist of going over expectations, drills and development plans. Minor league pitchers and catchers report on March 9 with structured workouts beginning on March 11. Minor League position players will report on March 14 with full workouts on March 16. The Mariners will have approximately 150 minor league players in camp.

Happy Birthday:
Arizona League Mariners Athletic Trainer Randy Roetter and Minor League Clubhouse Manager Isaac Ruiz are both celebrating birthdays today. Thanks to Jan Plein for arranging the delicious cupcakes and leading the signing to both Randy and Isaac. Former Mariners outfielder Jeff Burroughs (1981) and reliever Randy Stein (1979 & 1981) are also celebrating birthdays.

Best Buds:
Teammates once again, Logan Morrison and Justin Ruggiano, are having fun in their reunion on the diamond. They were teammates with the Marlins.

Justin Ruggiano and Logan Morrison

Justin Ruggiano and Logan Morrison

The Part of Mariners Baseball You Don’t Always See:
You hear a lot from professional athletes and even sports teams talk about how they want to “give back to the community.” Here at the Seattle Mariners, we take our responsibility to be good corporate citizens seriously.

Every year, the Mariners community relations department comes down Spring Training to sit down with each player on their involvement in the community as well as secure all the donations items that they will use throughout the year. CR members Gina Hasson, Sean Grindley, Demetrius Grant and Korey Traynor have each spent time in Peoria over the last two week. Sean wraps up another successful stretch in Peoria and will head home today.

Through our Community Relations Department and our non-profit foundation, Mariners Care, we are able to channel resources to over 1,500 worthy causes and organizations. Since 2000, Mariners Care has helped raise over $15 million to benefit primarily youth-oriented community service programs. And each season, we are proud that every member of the Mariners team participates in our community programs.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (3-2) continue to Cactus League play tomorrow (Sunday, March 8) on the road vs. the Cincinnati Reds at Goodyear Ballpark. The game will be broadcast on 710 ESPN Seattle in the Seattle market (no TV). Left-hander J.A. Happ is scheduled to make the start for the Mariners.

Next TV Game:                    
The Mariners next TV game will be Monday, March 9 vs. the Indians on ROOT Sports. A total of 16 Cactus League games will be televised this spring. You can watch a replay of today’s game vs. the Dodgers at 6 am tomorrow morning on the MLB Network (check local listings).

Single Game Tickets On Sale:
The Seattle Mariners 2015 Opening Day game is virtually sold out. The remaining available inventory is limited to scattered single tickets.

Opening Day tickets are still available with the purchase of full or 20-Game season tickets or 10-Game Flex plans. Information about Mariners season tickets and 10-Game Flex plans is available atmariners.com/2015, or by calling 206-346-4001.

Plenty of good seats are still available for the 80 remaining games on the Mariners 2015 home schedule, including Beard Hat Night on April 17 (vs. Texas), Felix Hernandez Bobblehead Night on April 18 (vs. Texas), Hisashi Iwakuma Bear Hat Night on April 25 (vs. Minnesota), and Salute to Kids Day, Sunday, April 26 (vs. Minnesota).

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