Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 20

Rich Donnelly gives instructions during morning workouts.

Rich Donnelly gives instructions during morning workouts.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 / 26 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)

Game Recap:
Kyle Seager hit his first home run of the spring, but a late rally lifted the Colorado Rockies to a 4-1 victory over the Mariners Wednesday afternoon in Cactus League play at Peoria Stadium. The Rockies scored a run off Mariners starter Erasmo Ramirez in the first inning on a two-out home run by Troy Tulowitzki. Seager tied the game with a solo home run over the right field fence in the bottom of the third inning. The game remained tied until the Rockies scored three runs off relief pitcher Lucas Luetge in the top of the ninth inning. LHP Danny Hultzen returned to the mound in game action for the first time since Sept. 1, 2013, tossing a scoreless fourth inning. Here is the official box score from MLB.com and some video highlights from the game:

An Early Arrow:
Fernando Rodney
worked a scoreless inning today, and at the prodding of fans seated above the Mariners dugout, unleashed one of his trademark “bow and arrow” routines. Rodney must be using spring training to work on his aim!

You’re My Boy Blue:
Actor/comedian Will Ferrell will play for the Mariners tomorrow at HoHoKam Stadium, participating in a once-in-a-lifetime role for the lifelong baseball fan, as production begins on a new special from Funny Or Die, in partnership with Major League Baseball, to air exclusively on HBO later this year. Ferrell will play Dedicating the project to the fight against cancer, Ferrell is also honoring the historic feat by Bert Campaneris five decades ago by playing every position on the field and maybe some off the field for 10 different teams in the same day.

“I’ve spent my entire career, including since my arrival in Seattle as General Manager, looking to identify and procure talent,” said Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik.  “I can say with confidence that I’ve never scouted a talent like Will before.

Paxton Throws Live BP:
LHP James Paxton faced live hitters today for the first time, throwing live BP to a group of minor leaguers. Paxton threw 30 warmup pitches in the bullpen and then another 30 to Minor League hitters (Gabby Guerrero, Gareth Morgan) on one of the practice fields as he tuned up for his anticipated start next Tuesday against the White Sox. Paxton said it felt good to get back on the mound:

“I feel real good. Healthy. Nothing is wrong with my arm,” Paxton told reporters. “When you get a guy in the box for the first time in six months, it’s a little weird. A different optical thing. But it’s good to get back out there and get that feeling again and get ready for games.”

Welcome Back Danny:
Danny Hultzen
pitched in a game for the first time since Sept. 1, 2013 coming back from surgery on his left shoulder. After walking Troy Tulowitzki to lead off the inning, Hultzen induced a groundball double play and an inning-ending groundout for a scoreless inning of work. He threw 12 pitches/8 strikes.

Danny Hultzen

Danny Hultzen

Cactus League Report:
The Cactus League Report will air tonight from 6-7 pm on ESPN 710 Seattle. Mariners fans in Arizona can attend the live radio show from the Salty Senorita in Peoria. Guests scheduled to appear on the show include Taijuan Walker, Mike Zunino, Brad Miller and Patrick Kivlehan.

Game Replay:
If you missed the broadcast of today’s game, you can tune into ROOT SPORTS tonight to view a replay of the game at 7 pm.

Weather Report:
The temperatures climbed into the low 80s today with a first-pitch reading of 78°. The normal blue skies gave way to a low layer of clouds, but it was still very pleasant.

Photos of the Day:

 

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (4-5) continue to Cactus League play tomorrow (Thursday, March 12) vs. the Oakland Athletics at HoHoKam Park in Mesa at noon. Right-hander Jordan Pries (1-0, 4.50) is scheduled to make the start for the Mariners against A’s left-hander Scott Kazmir (0-0, -.–).

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