Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 17

A beautiful day for Cactus League baseball.

A beautiful day for Cactus League baseball.

Sunday, March 8, 2015 / 29 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)

Game Recap:
Austin Jackson
doubled in a run, and J.A. (Jay) Happ made his Mariners debut, but Seattle’s bats were quiet and Cincinnati sent nine men to the plate in a 6-run eighth inning in a 10-1 loss at the Reds Sunday afternoon. The Cactus League game was played at Goodyear Ballpark in front of 5,559 fans. The Mariners are now 3-3 in spring training play this year. Seattle managed just 5 hits off Reds pitching, including doubles by Jackson, Julio Morban and Patrick Kivlehan. Here is the official box score from MLB.com and some video highlights:

 

Tweets of the Day:

Felix Named Opening Day Starter (sort of):
Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon *shockingly* named Felix Hernandez the Opening Day starter against the Angels on April 6 at Safeco Field. McClendon jokingly asked the reporters if they had a better idea than starting King Felix.

“You guys got somebody better?” McClendon said with a laugh. “I’d say it’s a really good chance — a 99.99999 percent chance — that he’ll be starting Opening Day. They’d run me out of town if he’s not out there. Talk about getting second-guessed? They’d be all over me.”

This will be Felix’s 7th consecutive Opening Day start and 8th overall. How has Felix fared on Opening Day in his career? Well, King Felix has lived up to his name going 5-0 with a 1.52 ERA (9 ER, 53.1 IP). April 6 can’t get here quick enough!

Spring Debuts for Happ & Rodney:
LHP J.A. Happ (1.0 IP) and RHP Fernando Rodney made their Cactus League debuts today vs. the Reds. Here is some video of the two pitchers in action:

 

 

 

Paxton Throws Second Bullpen:
LHP James Paxton threw off the mound for the second time this spring after suffering a freak injury to his forearm. He threw 40 pitches off the bullpen and said he felt great. He is on track to make his Cactus League debut March 17 vs. the White Sox (unofficial of course).

James Paxton throwing his bullpen.

James Paxton throwing his bullpen.

Live BP for Wilhelmsen:
RHP Tom Wilhelmsen threw to live hitters on the back fields. Here is a pretty sweet picture from Mariners.com beat writer Greg Johns.

Tom Wilhelmsen (photo: Greg Johns/MLB.com)

Tom Wilhelmsen (photo: Greg Johns/MLB.com)

Clock Confusion:
Every spring, there is at least one person (if not several) that struggle with daylight saving. Clocks mysteriously moved forward one hour, even though Arizona does not change time. One great thing is that Arizona and Seattle are now on the same time, so no more confusion on what time games start.

NHK in Camp:
Several players were interviewed by Japan’s NHK today for the baseball season preview show. Here is a picture of Dustin Ackley talking about his beard, the 2015 season and his offseason hobbies.

Dustin Ackley being interviewed by NHK.

Dustin Ackley being interviewed by NHK.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (3-3) continue to Cactus League play tomorrow (Monday, March 9) vs. the Cleveland Indians at Peoria Stadium. The game will be televised live (and replayed at 7 pm) on ROOT Sports. The game will also be broadcast on 710 ESPN Seattle in the Seattle market. RHP Taijuan Walker (0-0, 0.00) is scheduled to make his second spring start against Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco.

TV Tomorrow:                     
Tomorrow’s game vs. the Indians will be televised on ROOT Sports with Dave Sims and Mike Blowers calling the action from Peoria Stadium at 1:05 pm. The game will also be replayed at 7 pm Monday night. A total of 16 Cactus League games will be televised this spring.

Single Game Tickets On Sale:
The Mariners 2015 Opening Day game vs. the Angels 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 at mariners.com/2015, or by calling 206-346-4001.

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