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Cactus League Report


Be sure to tune into the Mariners  Cactus League Report tonight from 7-9 p.m. on 710 ESPN Seattle or Or, if you are in Arizona for Spring Training, come out and watch the show live and meet some of the players from 6-8 p.m. at the Salty Senorita near the Mariners Spring Training Complex in Peoria.

A star-studded lineup is schedule for the 2-hour show hosted by Rick Rizzs, Aaron Goldsmith and Shannon Drayer, including: Dustin Ackley, Michael Saunders, Kyle Seager, Charlie Furbush, Nick Franklin, Brad Miller, first base coach Mike Brumley and broadcaster Mike Blowers.


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).

Cactus League Report

The Cactus League Report officially debuts tonight from the Valley of the Sun. The live, 2-hour show will be hosted by Mariners announcers Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith from The Salty Senorita in Peoria. Fans attending Spring Training are invited to see the show in person. For those in Seattle, the show will run from 7-9 p.m. PT (one hour delay from the live show) on ESPN 710 Seattle and online on

Here is a rundown of scheduled guests:

Cactus League

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.

Cactus League Report Radio Show

Hot Stove

The Mariners Cactus League Report (or the Hot Stove League Show) airs tonight from 7-9 p.m. on ESPN 710 Seattle and on the internet via

This will be the final show hosted in Seattle, as the Cactus League Report will make its Arizona debut next Tuesday at the Salty Senorita in Peoria, Ariz. ESPN 710 Seattle’s Shannon Drayer and Matt Pitman will host tonight’s 2-hour show, with scheduled guests Carter Capps, Danny Hultzen and Eric Thames. Baseball writer Rob Neyer is also scheduled to join the show, and you can listen to the interview with Shannon and Felix Hernandez from the news conference announcing his seven-year contract.

You can listen to the show online at

Mariners Mondays — Comebacks and Walk-offs Part 2

Eric Thames hit the walk-off single Aug. 14 vs. Tampa Bay.

Eric Thames hit the walk-off single Aug. 14 vs. Tampa Bay.

Tonight on Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS – a look at four times the Mariners came back to win with late inning heroics.

On April 11, the Rangers took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Pitchers Kevin Millwood and Colby Lewis were well matched until the Rangers hit back-to-back home runs off Steve Delebar in the 7th.

The Rangers tacked on another and it looked like they would cruise to the win. That was until the 8th inning when John Jaso tripled and then scored on a Dustin Ackley single, snapping a 23 inning scoreless streak.

In the 9th, Justin Smoak led off with a single, followed by Kyle Seager’s double. Jesus Montero advanced the runners with a sacrifice fly and Michael Saunders scored two with an RBI double. Jaso again came through with a solid single that scored Saunders for the third run of the inning, capping a rally off Rangers closer Joe Nathan for the 4-3 win.

Rookie left-hander Lucas Luetge had two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings for his first Major League victory.

Jaso’s late inning heroics were on display again on May 7, when the Tigers came to town.

Starter Blake Beavan struggled early in the game and left the mound after getting hit on the elbow by a line drive in the 3rd inning. Tigers starter Doug Fister, the former Mariner pitcher, who was making his second start of the season, allowed just four hits, walked none, had three strike outs and looked to be on the way to his first win of the season.

That is until manager Jim Leyland lifted Fister for reliever Octavio Dotel, who lacked control from the beginning. He walked Brendan Ryan and Ichiro, advanced the runners on a wild pitch, then surrendered a two run double to Jesus Montero to tie the game. Jaso sacrificed Munenori Kawasaki in the bottom of the 9th, who scored the game winning run in the three-run comeback.

Another exciting walk-off came on August 14 against the Tampa Bay Rays (just one day before Felix would throw his perfect game), ending the Rays seven-game win streak.

Starter Kevin Millwood looked like he was off to a rocky start but regained his footing and gave up just two runs in seven innings and struck out a season-high eight. He was matched by Tampa Bay starter Matt Moore, who allowed one run on six hits and struck out nine.

Kyle Seager started the rally with a single off reliever Fernando Rodney, followed by a bunt base hit by Chone Figgins. Justin Smoak tied the game with a deep fly to center. Eric Thames, who had struck out in his first three at-bats, stepped up to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, facing one of the best closers in baseball. Thames was down to his final strike when he lined a changeup into short right, scoring Figgins, earning the Mariners a 3-2 win and receiving a beat-down from his teammates as he headed for 1st.

The final “last at-bat win” goes back to April 27th when the Mariners visited the Blue Jays in Toronto. Canada native Michael Saunders had spent the winter working on his hitting with a private instructor and it showed. Saunders had two home runs, including a grand slam in the 10th as the Mariners rallied to beat the Jays 9-5.

Relive the fun of those late-innings heroics on ROOT SPORTS tonight at 7:30 pm.

Mariner Mondays – Taking Two From the Angels


Tom Wilhelmsen recorded his first career save (and 1 of 29 in ’12) June 4 vs. the Angels. (Getty Images)

Tonight on Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS, a couple of fun wins over a division rival when the Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels by the same score, two nights apart.

Facing the Angels at Anaheim on June 4, the Mariners had an 8-4 lead heading into the 8th. After a passed ball and a couple of hits, the Angels had cut the lead to two runs with one out and Albert Pujols coming up to bat. But reliever Tom Wilhelmsen kept Pujols in the yard, caught John Hester in a rundown, struck out Mark Trumbo and then pitched a scoreless 9th to give the Mariners an 8-6 win.

And as for all that offense, the Mariners scored seven off starter Ervin Santana in 4 2/3 innings, and added another in the 8th on an Ichiro homer.

Two nights later, the Mariners won the series with another 8-6 game, this time on the strength of Michael Saunders three hits, another Ichiro homer and Kyle Seager’s four RBI.

Reliever Stephen Pryor also shone when he stifled potential Angels rallies in the 6th and 7th innings with double-play balls.

Relive these intra-division victories on ROOT SPORTS tonight at 7:30pm.

Hot Stove League Radio Show

Hot Stove League

The Mariners Hot Stove League Radio Show airs tonight from 7-9 pm on 710 ESPN Seattle and streamed live online at

The 2-hour show will be hosted by Shannon Drayer and Matt Pitman. Guests are scheduled to include:

  • Catcher Mike Zunino
  • Right-handed pitcher Shawn Kelley
  • First Base Coach Mike Brumley
  • Hitting Coach Dave Hansen
  • Longtime baseball writer Larry LaRue
  • Oakland A’s radio announcer Vince Cotroneo

Mariners Mondays – Two Felix Shutouts


Tonight on Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS, Felix does what he does best – dominates unsuspecting hitters.

On June 28, the Red Sox were at Safeco Field, and for seven innings, Felix was evenly matched with Boston starter Franklin Morales. By the time Felix walked off the mound in after the top of the 9th, both teams had a handful of hits, but there was still no score.

Not wanting to spoil Felix’s gem, John Jaso and Casper Wells stepped up. Wells lined a double into the gap in left-center. Justin Smoak was walked, and Skipper Eric Wedge lifted Miguel Olivo for pinch-hitter John Jaso, who at the time was leading the team with game-winning RBIs. He didn’t waste any time, lignin a single to right, giving Wells just enough time to score on catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to give the Mariners a 1-0 win.

By August 27, Felix was on a roll. In 14 starts, he was 9-0 with a 1.40 ERA, 100 strikeouts, 17 walks and a perfect game. Facing the Twins in Minnesota, he was once again in top form, and although Felix needed just a single Mariners run to earn the victory, this time, the heroics came in the 8th on an Eric Thames homerun.

With Felix’s 1-0 win over the Twins, he notched his 23rd career complete game and 9th shutout.

Relive these two (of many) Felix gems on ROOT SPORTS tonight at 7:30pm.