Believe it or not, pitchers and catchers report to Peoria, Arizona for Spring Training in less than three months. One of the many precursors to the upcoming baseball season is the release of the annual pocket schedule!
The first edition of the pocket schedule features King Felix on the cover in a vintage baseball card design that you will see plenty of during the upcoming season. Most home game times are listed (Saturday’s are still TBA) and the spring training schedule is also included.
If you are looking to have one of these for your wallet, be sure to stop by one of the five locations of the Mariners Team Store to pick one up. Later editions of the pocket schedule will be widely distributed to merchants around the Puget Sound region (and the Pacific Northwest).
You can now start planning on soaking up the sun and watching Mariners Baseball during 2014 Cactus League play. Today we officially released the schedule, and for the first time since 1988, all games will be played in Arizona.
The Mariners will play 16 games at Peoria Stadium next spring, including one when the Padres are designated the home team (February 28). The overall Cactus League schedule includes 33 games, beginning with the annual charity game vs. the Padres on February 27.
The Cactus League schedule includes eight night games, the most the Mariners have ever played in spring training (March 8 @ Dodgers, March 10 @ Arizona Diamondbacks, March 12 vs. Chicago Cubs, March 14 @ Rockies, March 18 vs. San Diego Padres, March 21 vs. San Diego Padres, March 25 @ Kansas City Royals, March 28 vs. Colorado Rockies).
On Thursday, March 20, the Mariners will play the Chicago Cubs at the Cubs new Spring Training home being built at the old Riverview Golf Course in Mesa (1:05pm).
Here is the complete schedule. Radio and TV games will be announced soon!
Due to conflicts with Seahawks football, six Mariners games — including this Saturday — will be heard on 770 AM KTTH instead of 710 ESPN Seattle. The six games are: Aug. 11, 18, 24 and Sept. 9, 16 and 30. While we’re talking schedule, a reminder of two game time changes: Sept. 5 vs. Boston is now a 7:10 start time, and Oct. 3 vs. Los Angeles-AL will begin at 3:40 pm.
Day 37 (The one day late edition)/ Saturday, March 31, 2012 / 13 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 13 vs. Oakland)
It was 90° and sunny at game time but it quickly cooled down as the sun set.
Tweet of the Day:
Chances I win the #MegaMillions jackpot.. Less than being struck by lightning, twice!
— The Snow Report (@feSNOW) March 31, 2012
Game Recap vs. Padres: Recap | Box Score
The Mariners gave their regular starters a night off after arriving from Japan yesterday morning and the prospects took advantage of the opportunity as they defeated the San Diego Padres 6-1 in Cactus League play in front of 5,773 at Peoria Stadium. The Mariners used a lineup of mostly minor leaguers as the team was still adjusting to the time change after arriving from Japan yesterday morning.
Kevin Millwood made his fifth appearance and fourth start of the spring and tossed 7.0 innings of one-run ball. He scattered five hits while striking out a spring-high 8 batters. He threw 97 pitches, 59 for strikes. In his last four Cactus League appearances he is 3-1 with a 1.42 ERA (3 ER, 19.0 IP) with 17 strikeouts. Millwood has already been named to the Mariners starting rotation.
The Mariners took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on an RBI triple by shortstop Brad Miller that scored Denny Almonte and an RBI single to left by Rich Poythress. After the Padres got within a run in the fifth, the Mariners countered with two runs in the sixth on back-to-back RBI singles by DH Joe Dunigan and catcher Jesus Sucre. The Mariners capped the scoring with a solo home run by Daniel Carroll in the seventh, and a solo shot by catcher John Hicks in the eighth inning.
Poythress finished the night 3-for-4 with an RBI and Stefen Romero and Sucre each collected multi-hit games. Eight different Mariners collected hits and six different players scored a run.
After returning from Japan yesterday morning, and had a short “workout” in the afternoon to make sure they didn’t go to sleep too early (to counteract the time difference). Despite that, players, broadcasters, coaches and front office staff came in with stories about their odd sleep schedules. Some went to bed too early and woke up in the middle of the night, others stayed up as late as they could but still failed to make it through the night.
With stretched time scheduled for 2:30 pm, players got the chance to sleep in a little bit. When they arrived, they were told that after the workout they did not have to stay for the night game. The only player projected to be on the 25-man roster that went to the game was starting pitcher Kevin Millwood.
Upcoming Pitching Probables:
Sunday, April 1 vs. Kansas City: RHP Blake Beavan
Monday, April 2 vs. Colorado: RHP Erasmo Ramirez
Tuesday, April 3 at Colorado: Staff Day
Wednesday, April 4 at Colorado: Hector Noesi
The Mariners begin the Cactus League season tomorrow at 1:00 pm MT/12 noon PT, with a game against the Oakland Athletics at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. It marks the first of 22 games from Arizona that will be broadcast on 710 ESPN Seattle and selected stations on the Mariners Radio Network. To maximize the spring radio schedule, six of the Monday-Thursday game broadcasts will be delayed until 7:00 pm PT, and all six of those games broadcasts will be available live on mariners.com. You can view the entire spring broadcast schedule for spring training and the regular season via Mariners.com.
The delayed radio games this spring will be the following:
- March 6, 7, 8, 13, 20, 21 (available live online at Mariners.com)
710 ESPN Seattle will air the Cactus League Report from 7-9pm PT on the three Mondays (March 5, 12 and 19) when games are not being carried. The show will cover the Mariners and other MLB stories each Monday.
Rick Rizzs will be the lead radio announcer again in 2012, and throughout the spring he will be joined by Dave Sims, Mike Blowers, Ken Levine and Ron Fairly, with visits by Jay Buhner and Dan Wilson. Ken Wilson will partner with Rick as 710 ESPN broadcasts three of the four games of the 2012 Japan Opening Series, including the two season opening games against the A’s, March 28-29.
ROOT SPORTS will televise six Cactus League games this spring, beginning with the games March 14-15 at 7pm PT. In addition to the games, ROOT SPORTS coverage of the Mariners this spring will include the following:
- Mariners All-Access: Spring Training will air daily from March 2-24.
- Mariners All-Access: Japan will air daily March 25-30.
- Mariners All-Access: Season Preview will air daily April 2-6
One of the most frequently asked questions of the year is: will the Season Opening Games in Japan (vs. Oakland March 28-29) be televised?
The answer is YES. Both games will be carried live on ROOT SPORTS and both will be replayed later in the day.
The Mariners have added a spring training game, returning to the old Cactus League stomping grounds of Tucson to play the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday, March 16 at 1:05 p.m. at Kino Stadium (formerly known as Tucson Electric Park). You can visit Mariners.com for the complete Spring Training schedule.
The game will be a split-squad contest, as the Mariners also play the A’s that evening at 7:05 p.m. at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.
The Mariners used to make the trip South on I-10 to Tucson at least once each spring from 1977-2010 when the Cleveland Indians (until 1992 at Hi Corbett Field), Colorado Rockies (1993-2010 at Hi Corbett Field), Chicago White Sox (1998-2008 at Tucson Electric Park) and Arizona Diamondbacks (1998-2010) all trained in The Old Pueblo.
Major League Baseball today announced the official American and National League schedule, and as a result, the latest version of the Seattle Mariners 2012 schedule is out, new and improved with start times (home and road). The Mariners also announced the radio and TV schedules:
- Mariners 2012 Regular Season Schedule with Start Times & TV Schedule
- Mariners 2012 Spring Training Schedule with Radio & TV Schedule
- Official MLB Schedule
The Mariners and Athletics and the term Opening Game will be synonymous in 2012. The two teams open MLB’s regular season with a two-game series in Tokyo, Japan. They meet again for the A’s home opener on Friday, April 6. Finally, the Mariners home opener at Safeco Field on Friday, April 13, will also be against the A’s.
This year, 160 of 162 games are scheduled to be televised. ROOT SPORTS will carry 156 games, including the two Japan Opening Series games against the Oakland A’s (March 28-29), and FOX has selected the Mariners for four network broadcasts—April 21 vs. Chicago White Sox, May 26 vs. Los Angeles Angels, June 9 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, September 1 vs. Los Angeles Angels.
The two games that are not currently scheduled to be on TV (either ROOT SPORTS or FOX) are Saturday, July 28, and Saturday, September 29, both at Oakland. These games are both scheduled to start at 1:10pm, which falls within the FOX exclusive window for MLB games.
All regular season games will be carried live on 710 ESPN Seattle, and the Mariners Radio Network.
We also have an updated Spring Training schedule, with radio and TV games noted. The Mariners flagship station, 710 ESPN Seattle, will carry 23 spring training games, including the March 24 (in the U.S.) exhibition game against the Hanshin Tigers at the Tokyo Dome.