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Mariners Mondays – Back-to-back Felix Gems and an Offensive Outburst

Two of Felix's starts from the 2013 season will be featured in tonight's edition of Mariners Monday.

Two of Felix’s starts from the 2013 season will be featured in tonight’s edition of Mariners Monday.

Tonight on Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS Felix and the Mariners bats dominate the Red Sox and the Angels.

In back-to-back starts in early July, Felix Hernandez was his usual excellent self. On July 8, against Boston, he held the Red Sox to two runs and six hits over seven innings, struck out six and maintained his 2.69 ERA, the second lowest in the league (just behind Hisashi Iwakuma). He also got an assist from the Mariners bats, pounding out 15 hits in the 11-4 victory.

Five days later, with the Los Angeles Angels in town, Felix was back in fine form throwing eight shutout innings. Justin Smoak led the offense with four RBI, including a three-run homer off Jered Weaver. The final score, 6-0, gave Felix his 10th win of the season.

Mariners Mondays airs tonight, February 17, beginning at 7:30 pm, right after Mariners All-Access. Mariners Mondays episodes air weekly on ROOT SPORTS during the offseason and Spring Training, building to the March 31 season opener against the Los Angeles Angels.

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Mariners Mondays – Welcome to the Show, Brad Miller

Brad Miller connects on his first MLB home run July 19 at Houston.

Brad Miller connects on his first MLB home run July 19 at Houston.

Tonight’s episode of Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS looks back as Brad Miller burst onto the Major League roster with a power surge.

Miller made his Major League debut on June 28th. Over the next three months, Miller would be among the leaders of American League rookies in extra-base hits, home runs and RBI. This week, Mariners Mondays takes a look at two of his three multi-home run games.

The first was July 19, vs. the Houston Astros. Miller waited 72 at-bats before getting his first Major League homer. Number two came even quicker, in back-to-back plate appearances, to lead the Mariners with 5 RBI.

His second multi-homer game was August 13, against the Tampa Bay Rays. He started the game off with a bang with his first-ever leadoff home run, then he did it again in the 5th inning. Miller, who is from Orlando, had a cheering section at Tropicana Field to see his display of power.

Mariners Mondays airs tonight, February 10, beginning at 7:30 pm, right after Mariners All-Access. Mariners Mondays episodes will air on ROOT SPORTS during the offseason and Spring Training, building to the March 31 season opener against the Los Angeles Angels.

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Mariners Mondays – Three Good Games

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This week Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS looks back on three games from the 2013 season that were a lot of fun to watch.

The featured games look back at a demolition of the Yankees, a pair of wins over the White Sox and some dramatic extra innings heroics versus the Oakland A’s.

Mariners Mondays Episode 4 airs Monday, January 27, beginning at 7:30pm, right after Mariners All-Access. It will air again on Monday, February 3.

Mariners Mondays episodes will air on ROOT SPORTS during the offseason and Spring Training, building to the March 31 season opener against the Los Angeles Angels.

Mariners Mondays – Welcome to the Show, Taijuan Walker

2014 Mariners Mondays - Ep 3Tonight’s episode of Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS looks back on pitcher Taijuan Walker’s first three MLB games.

Walker, widely considered the Mariners most promising pitching prospect, made his Major League debut August 30 against the Houston Astros. Pitching in front of about 40 family members, Walker did them proud. He did not allow an earned run over five innings, and with the help of Dustin Ackley’s career best four hits and four RBI, the Mariners topped the Astros 7-1. With that win, Walker became the youngest Mariners starting pitcher (21 years, 17 days) to pick up a victory in his Major League Debut.

Walker’s next start September 4, against the Kansas City Royals was a test of his abilities. He did not allow a hit over the first three innings, but gave up four runs in the fourth inning. Walker returned to the mound in the fifth for a 1-2-3 inning. The bullpen held the Royals long enough for Kendrys Morales to hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth for the Mariners 6-4 win.

Start number three came September 9, again against the Houston Astros, this time at Safeco Field. Walker was in control this time giving up two runs and striking out eight over five innings. On a closely monitored pitch-count, Walker yielded to the bullpen, who held onto the lead until the ninth inning when Danny Farquhar gave up four runs, giving the Astros a 6-4 win.

Taijuan Walker went 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in three starts with the Mariners last season.

Taijuan Walker went 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in 3 starts with the Mariners last season.

Walker was shut down for the season after his third start, leaving fans anxious to see what he can do in the 2014 season. Heading into Spring Training, Walker is tentatively slated to be a member of the Mariners starting rotation.

Mariners Mondays Episode 3 airs Monday, January 20, beginning at 7:30 pm, right after Mariners All-Access.

Mariners Mondays episodes will air on ROOT SPORTS during the offseason and Spring Training, building to the March 31 season opener against the Los Angeles Angels.

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Mariners Mondays – Welcome to the Show, James Paxton

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James Paxton went 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA in 4 starts with Seattle last season.

Tonight on Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS looks back on pitcher James Paxton’s stellar introduction to the Major Leagues.

Paxton made his first Major League start on September 7, 2013 against the Tampa Bay Rays. He threw six strong innings, allowing just one earned run in the Mariners 6-2 win.

In his next start, on September 14, Paxton gave up just two hits and struck out five in six shutout innings against the St. Louis Cardinals, a game the Mariners went on to win 4-1.

10 days later, Paxton ran his record to 3-0 with seven dominant innings, including 10 strikeouts and no walks, in a 4-0 win over the Kansas City Royals.

Tonight’s edition of Mariners Mondays features highlights of these three games beginning at 7:30 pm, right after Mariners All-Access.

Mariners Mondays episodes will air on ROOT SPORTS during the offseason and Spring Training, building to the March 31 season opener against the Los Angeles Angels.

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Mariners Mondays – Milestone Wins for King Felix

Relive two of King Felix's best performances from the 2013 season tonight on Mariners Monday on ROOT Sports.

Relive two of King Felix’s best performances from the 2013 season tonight on Mariners Monday on ROOT Sports.

Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS get started next week with a look back at two 2013 milestone wins for Mariners ace Felix Hernandez—an outstanding performance vs. Oakland on Opening Night, and his 100th career win against the Astros.

Last year’s season opener (at Oakland) on April 1, was another impressive performance for Felix, even by his high standards. He pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out eight, and retiring the first 10 batters in order. Franklin Gutierrez produced all the offense the Mariners needed with a two-run single in the 5th, giving the Mariners a 2-0 win over the A’s.

A couple of starts later, Felix was on the mound in Houston for what would be his 100th career win. Felix pitched six scoreless innings and the Mariners offense backed him up with three home runs for the 7-1 win over the Astros. On that night, April 22, 2013, Felix joined Jamie Moyer and Randy Johnson as the only pitchers to reach 100 wins with the Mariners.

The first Mariners Mondays episode airs tonight on ROOT SPORTS beginning at 7:30 pm, right after Mariners All Access, which goes behind the scenes with manager Lloyd McClendon.

Mariners Mondays episodes will air on ROOT SPORTS for 12 weeks during the offseason and Spring Training, building to the March 31 season opener against the Los Angeles Angels.

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Mariners Mondays – The King’s Court x2

The King's Court.

The King’s Court.

This week on Mariners Mondays on ROOT Sports a look back at two of Felix Hernandez’s gems, including the remarkable Supreme Court Night, Felix’s first home start after the perfect game.

Felix was in King’s Court form at Yankee Stadium on August 4 for his third shutout of the season, a 1-0, two-hit win over the Yankees. It was Felix’s second shutout in five starts at the new Yankee Stadium and it pushed his career ERA there to 1.13, the lowest of any pitcher with at least two starts there.

And of course, we all know that two starts later, Felix threw a perfect game at Safeco Field against the Tampa Bay Rays. Felix’s next scheduled start at Safeco was to be just as memorable.

A sea of 39,000 yellow Supreme Court T-shirts greeted the King when he took the mound on August 21 against the Cleveland Indians. And although he wasn’t perfect, Felix was still dominant with only one run and five strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings. A four-run 7th inning helped the Mariners to a 5-1 win over the Indians, the Mariners 7th straight victory.

Mariners Mondays looks back at both these great pitching performances tonight on ROOT SPORTS.

Mariners Mondays – Ichiro in Pinstripes

Ichiro's Yankee debut at Safeco Field prompted a standing ovation for the longtime Mariner.

Ichiro’s Yankee debut at Safeco Field prompted a standing ovation for the longtime Mariner.

Tonight on Mariners Mondays on ROOT Sports a look back at last year’s blockbuster trade that sent Ichiro to the New York Yankees.

With the Yankees in town for a three-game series, an emotional Ichiro met with media to talk about his storied career with the Mariners. A few hours later, he emerged from the visitor’s dugout to the roar of the crowd. And, in typical Ichiro fashion, singled to center. The Yankees, who had just been swept by the Oakland A’s, went on to win the game 4-1.

The next night had a different result (a Mariners 4-2 win) and a different dramatic story-line. Felix Hernandez was matched against former Mariners pitcher Freddy Garcia. Not as sharp as usual, Felix allowed a solo home run in the 1st inning and worked out of jams in 4th and 5th innings. Then he hit Ichiro, Derek Jeter and finally Alex Rodriguez, breaking A-Rod’s hand with an 88 mph changeup that got away from him.

Mariners Mondays reviews the events of the emotional trade and the outcome of the next day’s game tonight on ROOT SPORTS.

Mariners Mondays – Kuma handles the Angels

Hisashi Iwakuma in his start Sept. 2, 2012 vs. the Angels.

Hisashi Iwakuma in his start Sept. 2, 2012 vs. the Angels.

Tonight on Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS a pair of starts by starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma in which he dominates the Angels in two late-seasons starts one month apart.

On Sunday, September 2, Iwakuma pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings and Carols Peguero and Jesus Montero hit solo homers off the Angels ace Jered Weaver to give the Mariners a 2-1 win.

In the second game, October 2, Kuma was the happy recipient of some offensive support as the Mariners beat the Angels 6-1. Iwakuma allowed six hits and struck out seven, including Albert Pujols three times and won his third consecutive start. The offensive outburst was keyed by Kyle Seager’s first inning solo home run, his 20th of the season.

Catch highlights of both games tonight on ROOT SPORTS Mariners Mondays (check your local listings).

Mariners Mondays – Dominating Yu

Felix Hernandez allowed 1 run over 8.0 innings in the Mariners 6-1 win over the Rangers May 21, 2012. (Getty Images)

Felix Hernandez allowed 1 run over 8.0 innings in the Mariners 6-1 win over the Rangers May 21, 2012. (Getty Images)

Tonight on Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS – the Mariners have Yu Darvish’s number.

The Rangers’ star pitcher Yu Darvish was a 16-game winner in 2012, but the Mariners seem to have his number.

Darvish made his Major League debut against the Mariners on April 9, 2012. The Mariners welcomed him by scoring five runs in the first two innings. The Mariners wouldn’t win that game, but they would come out on top in two other Darvish outings.

The first was May 21 with a dream match-up of Darvish vs. Felix Hernandez.

Darvish lasted just four innings, surrendering four runs and six walks, the shortest outing of his season. Felix, meantime, shut down the potent Texas offense for eight innings when Mitch Moreland hit a leadoff solo homer for the Rangers only run.

Ichiro greeted his countryman with a single and triple and two RBI, leading the Mariners to a 4-1 win.

A few months later, July 14, Darvish and Felix met again at Safeco Field with the same result.

Felix allowed only three hits and struck out 12 in the Mariners 7-0 win. Darvish had control problems from the start. Darvish’s 33-pitch first inning went something like this: walk, hit batter, single, walk, E3, two-run single. The Mariners were up 4-0 after their first at-bat. Darvish lasted only 6 1/3 innings giving up eight hits, seven earned runs, four walks and four strikeouts.

In his first three starts against the Mariners last season, Darvish had a 9.00 ERA.

Mariners Mondays airs at 7:30 pm on ROOT SPORTS every Monday through March 25, one week before the season opener against the Oakland A’s on April 1.

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