Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 21

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Nelson Cruz played the outfield for the first time this spring.

 

Thursday, March 12, 2015 / 25 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)

Game Recap:
The Mariners were in cruise control with a 3-1 lead heading to the bottom of the 9th inning, but the A’s rallied for three runs and got a walk-off single from Kent Matthes for a 4-3 win. Starting pitcher Jordan Pries was solid in his second spring start, allowing one run on one hit (leadoff triple in the first inning) in 3.0 innings. Left-hander Tyler Olson added 2.0 perfect innings to continue his impressive spring. The Gonzaga product has not allowed a baserunner in 5.0 innings (15 batters faced) with 8 strikeouts. Austin Jackson (2×2, R, 3B) and Stefen Romero (2×4, R) each recorded multi-hit games for the Mariners. Seattle is 4-6 in Cactus League play. Here is the official box score from MLB.com and some video highlights from the game:

 

 

You’re My Boy Blue:
In a role filled with hopes and dreams, Will Ferrell played one inning in the field each for the Mariners (2B) and Athletics (SS). Ferrell participated in pre-game workouts with the A’s and took the field in the top of the first inning at shortstop. He was traded to the Mariners after the first inning and appeared at second base (replacing Willie Bloomquist). We posted a full photo gallery early today on this blog.

The Boone:
A special guest, dressed in green and gold, was in the Mariners dugout before the game. Former Mariners All-Star Bret Boone, who is a special instructor for the A’s, took time to visit with a few of his Mariners friends.

Former Mariners All-Star Bret Boone talks with Mariners staffers and Brad Adam.

Former Mariners All-Star Bret Boone talks with Mariners staffers and Brad Adam.

MLB Network Tomorrow:
The Mariners camp will host MLB Network tomorrow for the 30-in-30 feature. Former Major League first baseman Sean Casey will be in camp talking with players and staff. The same crew was in Mesa today talking to the A’s, so several players chatted with The Mayor (Sean Casey).

Justin Ruggiano talking with Sean Casey.

Justin Ruggiano talking with Sean Casey.

Jack Wilson’s Little League Team:
Former Mariners shortstop Jack Wilson was in camp today with the Little League team he coaches in Southern California. Wilson not only played for the Mariners from 2009-2011, but his first five seasons under Lloyd McClendon with Pittsburgh.

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Weather Report:
The temperatures hovered right around 80-degrees all day long, pretty much from when the team hit the field until the end of the game in Mesa.

Nice Digs:
The Mariners made the trek across the valley to Mesa, returning to HoHoKam Stadium for the first time since 2013. The former spring home of the Cubs is now home to the A’s. The stadium received a facelift with A LOT of green paint and a sparkling new scoreboard over the left field fence.

Photo of the Day:

Step Brothers? Willie and Nelson.

Step Brothers? Willie and Nelson.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (4-6) continue to Cactus League play tomorrow (Friday, March 13) vs. the Milwaukee Brewers at Peoria Stadium. Left-hander J.A. Happ is scheduled to make his second Cactus League start against Brewers right-hander Mike Fiers. The game will be televised live by ROOT SPORTS and broadcast live on 710 ESPN Seattle.

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