The Mariners announced their 30-man travel roster heading to Japan this morning:
All players on the 30-man roster will be eligible to play in the two exhibition games vs. the Hanshin Tigers (March 25) and Yomiuri Giants (March 26).
The Mariners will then set a 28-man roster prior to the Japan Opening Series games vs. the A’s (March 28 & 29). Here are some specifics on the roster situation for the series vs. the A’s:
- Only 25 of the 28 players on the roster will be eligible to play in the games.
- Players on the 28-man roster do not have to physically be in Japan.
- Players on the 28-man roster must be on the 40-man roster.
- 3 of the players of the 28 must be designated as not eligible to participate in the two-game series. Those players do not have to travel to Japan to be on the 28-man roster.
- Teams can make a roster move to activate players that traveled to Japan, but were not on the 28-man roster.
The Mariners also announced that LHP Cesar Jimenez has been outrighted to AAA Tacoma. The Major League 40-man roster is now at 37 players.
Day 39 / Wednesday, March 21, 2012 / 7 Days ‘til Opening Night in Tokyo (March 28 vs. Oakland) / 23 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 13 vs. Oakland)
It was 65° and partly cloudy at first pitch here at Peoria Stadium, but the clouds have disappeared and there’s nothing but blue skies as far as the eye can see.
Tweet of the Day:
Shooting some pool.. With Montero twitter.com/CarlosPeguero8…
— Carlos Peguero (@CarlosPeguero8) March 21, 2012
Game Recap vs. White Sox: Recap | Box Score
The Mariners scored six runs in the final two innings but it wasn’t enough to overcome a nine run deficit, falling to the Chicago White Sox 13-8 in Cactus League play in front of 9,244 fans at Peoria Stadium. Felix Hernandez made his fourth start of the spring and after facing the minimum through the first two innings, gave up a run in the third, three in the fourth and four more in the fifth. His final pitching line was 5.0 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 4 K while making 92 pitches, 56 for strikes. Ichiro, Jesus Montero and Alex Liddi each recorded multi-hit games in the loss. Ichiro is now batting .400 (12×30) this spring while Montero is batting .306 (11×36) with three doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI.
Manager Eric Wedge Announces Rotation:
Manager Eric Wedge announced today that the rotation will include RHP Felix Hernandez, LHP Jason Vargas, RHP Blake Beavan, RHP Hector Noesí and RHP Kevin Millwood. Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma will initially join the Mariners bullpen.
Video on Mariners.com (click on picture):
Upcoming Pitching Probables in Japan:
Sunday, March 25 vs. Hanshin Tigers: RHP Hector Noesí
Monday, March 26 vs. Tokyo Giants: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma
Wednesday, March 28 vs. Oakland Athletics: RHP Felix Hernandez
Thursday, March 29 vs. Oakland Athletics: LHP Jason Vargas
Japan Opening Series vs. A’s Sold Out:
MLB announced today that the Japan Opening Series 2012 games at the Tokyo Dome between the Oakland A’s and Mariners on March 28 and 29 are both sold out. The Tokyo Dome as a seating capacity of 46,000. Tickets for the Mariners two exhibition games, against the Hanshin Tigers on Saturday, March 24 (Sunday, March 25 in Tokyo) and Monday, March 26 against the Yomiuri Giants, both at the Tokyo Dome, are apparently still available via the English language website for ticket information.
Mariners All Access airs tonight at 6 p.m. PT on ROOT Sports (replays at 10:30 pm). The 30-minute show is dedicated to game highlights from today’s game vs. the White Sox and the following features:
- We hear from Eric Wedge on today’s announcement of the 2012 Mariners starting rotation.
- The Mariners were in action for their final Spring Training game before heading to Japan. We’ll see how Felix Hernandez faired against the White Sox in Peoria.
- The high skies are well-known to outfielders in Arizona during Spring Training. Hear about how they’re impacted while roaming the green grass.
Leaving on a Jet Plane:
The Mariners fly to Japan on TOMORROW (March 22)…buses roll from Peoria at noon, and hopefully wheels up at 1 pm…the traveling party is scheduled to arrive at Narita Airport at 6 pm on March 23.
On Tap Tomorrow (3/22):
Depart for Japan
Major League Baseball today announced that Gloops, a Japanese social application provider, is the title sponsor for the Japan Opening Series March 28 & 29 when the Mariners play the Oakland A’s. The A’s will wear Gloops patches on their jerseys. The Mariners jerseys will sport the Boeing logo.
This is the first time the Mariners have worn a sponsor logo on our uniforms, and Mariners Executive Vice President of Business Operations, Bob Aylward, said “Boeing is one of the great companies of the Northwest and they are one of the best supporters the Mariners have ever had. There is no one we would rather have on our jerseys than Boeing.”
Boeing will also partner with MLB and the Mariners to host a children’s baseball clinic in Ishinomaki, one of the cities most impacted by last year’s earthquake and tsunami. About 100 children will participate. Later, the Mariners and Athletics will share a meal with community members, featuring tonjiru, a hearty, traditional Japanese soup with miso, pork and vegetables.