Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 36
Friday, March 27, 2015 / 10 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)
Seattle struggled to put hits on the board en route to a 5-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Friday night in front of 9,329 fans at Surprise Stadium.
Starter James Paxton allowed a two-run home run to Eric Hosmer in the first inning but settled down to face the minimum six batters over the next two frames before an error in the fourth inning led to three unearned runs. Paxton threw 68 pitches, 36 of them for strikes.
The Mariners finally broke through in the 8th inning, getting leadoff walks from Mike Zunino and Dustin Ackley (both were pinch-run for) before Tyler Smith singled sharply to left field to score Nelson Ward with the first run.
Relievers Matt Anderson (0.1 IP), Charlie Furbush (1.0 IP), Yoervis Medina (1.0 IP), Dominic Leone (1.0 IP) and Carson Smith (1.0 IP) tossed scoreless ball over the final 4.1 frames.
Game Video Highlights:
Robinson Canó Taking Care of Prospects:
As some of you may be aware, Robinson Canó is outfitted by New Balance Baseball. What does this mean? It means Robinson wears some of their gear which includes shoes and dri-fit shirts as well as other products. Today, the team got a large shipment of New Balance shoes for Canó, which he promptly took over to the minor league area and passed them out to the next crop of Mariners stars. What a nice guy!
Mariners on ROOT SPORTS Reminder
Five of the remaining seven games from Arizona will be televised by ROOT SPORTS. Here’s a look at the upcoming games:
Danny, Dave and Moore In Mariners Camp
710 ESPN Seattle’s Danny, Dave and Moore Show was in Mariners camp the last couple of days and if you didn’t catch them on the airwaves, be sure to check out the clips below of them talking to Manager Lloyd McClendon, Robinson Canó, Nelson Cruz and Felix Hernandez.
Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon talks about the differences from this year and last year and what this new lineup should look like.
Mariners 2nd baseman Robinson Cano sits down to talk about what he expects from the Mariners, what Jay-Z is like, his laid back nature, and what he’s able to do for people in the Dominican Republic thanks to his big contract.
New Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz drops by “Danny, Dave and Moore” at spring training and talks about preparing to be the everyday DH for Seattle.
Fresh off a spring training start, Mariners ace Felix Hernandez joins “Danny, Dave and Moore” for an interview that included some baseball talk and also a glimpse at his personal life.
Down The Stretch We Go
After split-squad games yesterday and a night game Friday against the Royals in Surprise, the Mariners have seven games remaining on the Spring Training schedule, with five Cactus League games and two exhibition games (against the Rockies) to round out the Arizona schedule. Five of the seven games remaining will be at Peoria Stadium with four home games and a “road” tilt against the Padres.