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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 26

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 / 20 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)

Game Recap:
The Mariners allowed 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning and ended the game in a 5-5 tie with the White Sox. First baseman Logan Morrison went 2-for-3 with a triple and home run and starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma threw 4.0 scoreless innings to lead the Mariner, who are now 6-7-1 in spring training play. Here is the official box score from MLB.com and video highlights from the game:

Wear your Green:
The Mariners celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with the annual tradition of wearing green hats. Here is a picture of the hat pictured next to the jersey of today’s starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma.

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On the Back Fields:
James Paxton
, Tom Wilhelmsen and Fernando Rodney all threw in a minor league Intrasquad game today in Peoria. For Paxton, it was his second time facing live hitters this spring and the first time in a true game environment. Paxton threw 3.0  innings, allowing one run on 4 hits. Wilhelmsen threw a scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts and Rodney allowed one run in 2.0 innings. Danny Hultzen also pitched in the game striking out 3 in 2.0 innings.

Felix & Divish:
Seattle Times beat reporter Ryan Divish interviewed Felix Hernandez last week when Fox Sports was in camp to preview the Mariners. The 10-minute interview is scheduled to run on Fox Sports Live tonight.

Weather Report:
The first pitch temperature at Camelback Ranch was 86°, with the temperature rising to nearly 90° by mid-day. The concourse at Camelback Ranch was packed with fans seeking shade from the heat.

Meanwhile, on the Minor League Side:
While the Big League camp was quiet yesterday for the off day, minor league camp had its first full workout yesterday with 158 players taking the field. Today was a full day for the minor league side: pre-workout today included blood work and photo day, then the workout, and post-workout will include two sessions (English and Spanish) of media training. Here is a look at the games schedule for the minor league side which opens Saturday:

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Lots of TV Coming Up:
After today, 10 of the Mariners remaining 18 Cactus League games will be televised by ROOT SPORTS…two additional games, March 23 at LA Angels and March 27 at Kansas City, are scheduled to air on the MLB Network (check listings).

Nice Match-Up:
The Cubs announced their starting pitcher for Saturday’s 1:05 pm game in Mesa…and it will be a pretty good match-up with a pair of aces taking the mound. The Mariners will start RHP Felix Hernandez while the Cubs will counter with LHP Jon Lester. Here is a look at the upcoming probable pitchers:

Probable Pitchers

Roster Move:
The Mariners made one roster move today, optioning RHP Mayckol Guaipe to AAA Tacoma. The spring roster is currently at 50 players (36 roster, 14 non-roster).

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Game Central – March 17 at White Sox

03.17.15 Lineup

Spring #14: Seattle Mariners (6-7) at Chicago White Sox (5-7-2) | 1:05 pm | Camelback Ranch
Starting Pitchers: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Jeff Samardzija (1-0, 6.00)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle will air today’s game on a delay at 7 pm…available live via mariners.com
TV: No broadcast of today’s game on TV…White Sox will air a webcast via WhiteSox.com
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score of today’s game

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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 24

A packed Peoria Stadium crowd of 13,055 watched today's Mariners-Dodgers game.

A packed Peoria Stadium crowd of 13,055 watched today’s Mariners-Dodgers game.

Sunday, March 15, 2015 / 22 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)

Game Recap:
The Mariners had their mini two-game Cactus League winning streak come to an end, falling 5-2 to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday afternoon in front of a sold-out crowd of 13,055 at Peoria Stadium. Seattle falls to 6-7 in Cactus League play heading into tomorrow’s off day. Here is the official box score from MLB.com.

Game Replay on ROOT:
Did you miss today’s telecast of the game vs. the Dodgers? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. The game will be replayed tonight on ROOT SPORTS in the Seattle market. The game will also be replayed tomorrow morning at 6 am PT on the MLB Network (check local listings).

On the Back Fields:
Felix Hernandez
did not pitch in the Cactus League game today vs. the Dodgers, but took to the back fields at the Mariners complex to face a group of minor leaguers in an Intrasquad game. King Felix pitched the equivalent of 3.1 innings, allowing only 2 hits and recorded 3 strikeouts (50 pitches, 36 strikes). It is always a special treat for the fans and all the minor league players to see Felix mastering his craft on the back fields. There was a nice crowd of fans on hand today to watch. His next scheduled start is next Saturday vs. the Chicago Cubs in Mesa.

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Web Gem:
First baseman Logan Morrison made a nice sliding catch in foul territory on a pop up by Dodgers DH Alex Guerrero to lead off the top of the 5th inning.

Weather Report:
The first pitch temperature at Peoria Stadium was 83° with a slight breeze blowing out to left field.

Nice Crowd:
A sold-out and very much packed house of 13,055 fans took in today’s Mariners-Dodgers game at Peoria Stadium. It was the largest crowd at Peoria Stadium since a record crowd of 13,629 March 28, 2010 vs. the Chicago Cubs. It is the 6th-largest Mariners crowd at Peoria Stadium. In 7 home games so far this spring, the Mariners are averaging 8,043 fans a game.

Off Day Tomorrow:
The Major League team will ENJOY their first official off day of the spring. A few players will come in for treatment and some pitchers will play catch, but for the most part the clubhouse will be empty. A day of rest is very welcome this time of spring.

Meanwhile, on the Minor League Side:
While the Major League side will be off tomorrow, the complex will be buzzing with activity as the minor league side will hold the first full-squad workout. Minor league spring training games begin Saturday with AAA & AA at home vs. the Royals, and High A and Low A on the road vs. the Royals in Surprise. Here is a look at the full roster for the minor league camp and the games schedule:

Photo of the Day:

Robinson Cano fielding grounders in morning workouts.

Robinson Cano fielding grounders in morning workouts.

Roster Moves:
the Mariners made 10 roster moves this morning to trim the spring roster to 51 players…3 players were optioned to AAA Tacoma: LHP Danny Hultzen, LHP Mike Kickham, OF Julio Morban…7 players were re-assigned to MiLB camp: RHP Sam Gaviglio, RHP Stephen Landazuri, RHP Forrest Snow, C Steven Baron, C Mike Dowd, C Tyler Marlette, OF Jordy Lara.

Tweet of the Day:

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Game Central – March 15 vs. Dodgers

03.15.15 Lineups

Spring #13: Mariners (6-6) vs. Dodgers (6-2-5) | 1:05 pm | Peoria Stadium
Starting Pitchers: LHP Roenis Elias (0-0, 4.50) vs. LHP Clayton Kershaw (1-0 1.80)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle will broadcast today’s game live…also available via mariners.com
TV: ROOT SPORTS will televised today’s game
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data

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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 23

Saturday, March 14, 2015 / 23 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)

Game Recap:
Starting pitcher Taijuan Walker turned in 3.0 scoreless innings and Rickie Weeks went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 11-4 Cactus League victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in front of a sold-out crowd of 12,964 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Seattle blew open a close game (led 5-4 entering 9th inning) by scoring 6 runs in the top of the 9th inning, sending 11 batters to the plate. The Mariners evened their spring record at 6-6 earning a win for the second day in a row (10-5 win over Milwaukee yesterday). The Mariners have scored 21 runs and recorded 27 hits over the last two games. Here is the official box score from MLB.com and some video highlights from the game:

Another Solid Start:
Taijuan Walker
had another solid Cactus League start, with 3.0 scoreless and hitless innings today vs. the Diamondbacks. In three spring starts Walker has yet to allow a run, while scattering 2 hits and striking out 8 in 8.0 innings. Walker left after his third inning today after being hit in his midsection with a hard grounder (video below), but he continued throwing in the Mariners bullpen to reach his pitch count.

Web Gem:
Dustin Ackley
made a sliding catch in left field to rob Ender Inciarte of a hit in the bottom of the 3rd inning.

Weather Report:
Not to bore anyone reading the blog, but another day of sunshine and 84° at first pitch.

True to his Word:
Mariners strength and conditioning coach James Clifford lost an offseason bet with Willie Bloomquist, and today was payday. Bloomquist, a product of Arizona State University, bet Clifford, a former University of Washington football player on the outcome of the UW-ASU football game. The Sun Devils were victorious 24-10, and today was payday. Clifford wore Willie’s old ASU baseball jersey around camp this morning.

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Bad News for Taylor:
Middle infielder Chris Taylor has been diagnosed with a fracture of the triquetrum bone in his right wrist. race for 7 – 10 days. At that time, he will begin additional treatment and will progress based on healing and tolerance. He will continue to wear the brace on the wrist except while rehabbing, including while sleeping, but is expected to be able to perform baseball activities in 4 to 6 weeks. Taylor was struck in the wrist by a pitch in the 6th inning of yesterday’s (Friday, March 13) game versus the Brewers by pitcher Jim Henderson (ruled by umpire as a foul ball). Taylor remained in the game, and singled up the middle, but was removed after the single for a pinch runner.

Nice Wheels:
James Jones
got a chance to show off his blazing speed in the top of the 6th inning. After drawing a two-out walk, Jones raced around the bases to score on a double to center field by Stefen Romero. You can see the video clip below:

Pi Day:
Today (3.14.15) is National Pi Day, celebrating all the joys of the mathematical constant…with that in mind, the Mariners are happy to remind you that Robinson Cano hit .314 in 2014, his first season with the team & that Jose Vidro hit .314 in 2007 with the M’s…Armando Benitez had a 3.14 ERA in 2003 with the Mariners and, finally, the π-est Mariner of them all: Kazuhiro Sasaki pitched four MLB seasons (2000-2003), all with Seattle, and ended his big league career with an earned run average of 3.14.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (6-6) continue to Cactus League play tomorrow (Sunday, March 15) vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers at Peoria Stadium (1:05 pm / ROOT SPORTS / 710 ESPN Seattle). Left-hander Roenis Elias (0-0, 4.50) is scheduled to make his third spring appearances (2nd start) against Dodgers left-hander and reigning 2014 National League Cy Young award winner and MVP Clayton Kershaw (1-0, 1.80).

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Mike Zunino signing autographs.

 

Game Central – March 14 at Diamondbacks

03.14.15 Lineups

Spring #12: Seattle Mariners (5-6) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (6-4-1) | 1:10 pm | Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
Starting Pitchers: RHP Taijuan Walker (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Rubby De La Rosa (0-0, 0.00)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle will broadcast today’s game live…also available via mariners.com
TV: No TV for today’s game
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data

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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 22

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A crowd of 9,694 turned out at Peoria Stadium on a beautiful day.

 

Friday, March 13, 2015 / 24 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)

Game Recap:
Starting pitcher J.A. Happ allowed one hit in 3.0 scoreless innings to lead the Mariners to a 10-5 Cactus League victory over the Brewers Friday afternoon in front of 9,694 fans at Peoria Stadium. The Mariners jumped out to an early lead with a pair of runs in the 1st inning. Right fielder Seth Smith doubled home Austin Jackson to get the scoring started. Mike Zunino keyed a three-run 3rd inning with a two-run single to left field to extend the lead. Chris Taylor led the offense going 3-for-3 with a triple and Dustin Ackley went 2-for-3 with a RBI. Happ (1-1) was solid in his second spring start, allowing just an infield single in his 3.0-inning appearance. The left-hander struck out a pair and did not walk a batter while facing 10 batters (43 pitches, 30 strikes). Here is the official box score from MLB.com and some video highlights from the game:

National Media:
It was a busy morning in camp with Jon Heyman (CBSSports.com), Peter Gammons (MLB Network/MLB.com), Tyler Kepner (New York Times), Bob Nightengale (USA Today) and the MLB Network all covering the Mariners.

MLB Network 30 in 30:
Be sure to tune in tonight to the MLB Network at 7 pm PT to get an inside look at the 2015 Mariners and preview their upcoming season with 30 Clubs in 30 Days during MLB Tonight. Former Major Leaguer Sean Casey was in camp this morning conducting interviews with Robinson Canó, Felix Hernandez, Rickie Weeks, Kyle Seager, James Paxton, Mike Zunino and Taijuan Walker to name just a few.

Weather Report:
After a few days of gray skies (but pleasant temps), today’s first-pitch temperature was 84°.

Web Gem:
Shortstop Brad Miller turned in one of the top defensive plays of the spring, diving to his left and making a long throw to record the out. Give the play a watch:

Jack Z on High Heat:
Jack Zduriencik
was a guest on MLB Networks High Heat with Chris Russo this morning. Here is the video clip of the interview:

Photos of the Day:

 

Quote of the Day:
Overheard in the Marines clubhouse after practices as Peter Gammons was in search of LHP Charlie Furbush, who like Gammons hails from the Northeast (Portland, Maine).

“I sure hope you didn’t go home this winter,” said Gammons, deadpanning about the frigid and snow-filled winter in the Northeast.

Furbush made his offseason home in Seattle, trading the harsh winter for the mild Northwest weather.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (4-6) continue to Cactus League play tomorrow (Saturday, March 14) vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Right-hander Taijuan Walker (0-0, 0.00) is scheduled to make his third spring start against Diamondbacks s scheduled to make his second Cactus League start against Diamondbacks right-hander Rubby De La Rosa (0-0, 0.00).

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Game Central – March 13 vs. Brewers

03.13.15 Lineup

Spring #11: Seattle Mariners (4-6) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (3-5) | 1:05 pm | Peoria Stadium
Starting Pitchers: LHP J.A. Happ (0-1, 9.00) vs. RHP Mike Fiers (0-0, 0.00)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle will broadcast today’s game live…also available via mariners.com
TV: ROOT SPORTS will televise today’s game live in the Seattle market (check local listings)
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data

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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 21

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Nelson Cruz played the outfield for the first time this spring.

 

Thursday, March 12, 2015 / 25 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)

Game Recap:
The Mariners were in cruise control with a 3-1 lead heading to the bottom of the 9th inning, but the A’s rallied for three runs and got a walk-off single from Kent Matthes for a 4-3 win. Starting pitcher Jordan Pries was solid in his second spring start, allowing one run on one hit (leadoff triple in the first inning) in 3.0 innings. Left-hander Tyler Olson added 2.0 perfect innings to continue his impressive spring. The Gonzaga product has not allowed a baserunner in 5.0 innings (15 batters faced) with 8 strikeouts. Austin Jackson (2×2, R, 3B) and Stefen Romero (2×4, R) each recorded multi-hit games for the Mariners. Seattle is 4-6 in Cactus League play. Here is the official box score from MLB.com and some video highlights from the game:

 

 

You’re My Boy Blue:
In a role filled with hopes and dreams, Will Ferrell played one inning in the field each for the Mariners (2B) and Athletics (SS). Ferrell participated in pre-game workouts with the A’s and took the field in the top of the first inning at shortstop. He was traded to the Mariners after the first inning and appeared at second base (replacing Willie Bloomquist). We posted a full photo gallery early today on this blog.

The Boone:
A special guest, dressed in green and gold, was in the Mariners dugout before the game. Former Mariners All-Star Bret Boone, who is a special instructor for the A’s, took time to visit with a few of his Mariners friends.

Former Mariners All-Star Bret Boone talks with Mariners staffers and Brad Adam.

Former Mariners All-Star Bret Boone talks with Mariners staffers and Brad Adam.

MLB Network Tomorrow:
The Mariners camp will host MLB Network tomorrow for the 30-in-30 feature. Former Major League first baseman Sean Casey will be in camp talking with players and staff. The same crew was in Mesa today talking to the A’s, so several players chatted with The Mayor (Sean Casey).

Justin Ruggiano talking with Sean Casey.

Justin Ruggiano talking with Sean Casey.

Jack Wilson’s Little League Team:
Former Mariners shortstop Jack Wilson was in camp today with the Little League team he coaches in Southern California. Wilson not only played for the Mariners from 2009-2011, but his first five seasons under Lloyd McClendon with Pittsburgh.

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Weather Report:
The temperatures hovered right around 80-degrees all day long, pretty much from when the team hit the field until the end of the game in Mesa.

Nice Digs:
The Mariners made the trek across the valley to Mesa, returning to HoHoKam Stadium for the first time since 2013. The former spring home of the Cubs is now home to the A’s. The stadium received a facelift with A LOT of green paint and a sparkling new scoreboard over the left field fence.

Photo of the Day:

Step Brothers? Willie and Nelson.

Step Brothers? Willie and Nelson.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (4-6) continue to Cactus League play tomorrow (Friday, March 13) vs. the Milwaukee Brewers at Peoria Stadium. Left-hander J.A. Happ is scheduled to make his second Cactus League start against Brewers right-hander Mike Fiers. The game will be televised live by ROOT SPORTS and broadcast live on 710 ESPN Seattle.

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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 20

Rich Donnelly gives instructions during morning workouts.

Rich Donnelly gives instructions during morning workouts.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 / 26 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)

Game Recap:
Kyle Seager hit his first home run of the spring, but a late rally lifted the Colorado Rockies to a 4-1 victory over the Mariners Wednesday afternoon in Cactus League play at Peoria Stadium. The Rockies scored a run off Mariners starter Erasmo Ramirez in the first inning on a two-out home run by Troy Tulowitzki. Seager tied the game with a solo home run over the right field fence in the bottom of the third inning. The game remained tied until the Rockies scored three runs off relief pitcher Lucas Luetge in the top of the ninth inning. LHP Danny Hultzen returned to the mound in game action for the first time since Sept. 1, 2013, tossing a scoreless fourth inning. Here is the official box score from MLB.com and some video highlights from the game:

An Early Arrow:
Fernando Rodney
worked a scoreless inning today, and at the prodding of fans seated above the Mariners dugout, unleashed one of his trademark “bow and arrow” routines. Rodney must be using spring training to work on his aim!

You’re My Boy Blue:
Actor/comedian Will Ferrell will play for the Mariners tomorrow at HoHoKam Stadium, participating in a once-in-a-lifetime role for the lifelong baseball fan, as production begins on a new special from Funny Or Die, in partnership with Major League Baseball, to air exclusively on HBO later this year. Ferrell will play Dedicating the project to the fight against cancer, Ferrell is also honoring the historic feat by Bert Campaneris five decades ago by playing every position on the field and maybe some off the field for 10 different teams in the same day.

“I’ve spent my entire career, including since my arrival in Seattle as General Manager, looking to identify and procure talent,” said Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik.  “I can say with confidence that I’ve never scouted a talent like Will before.

Paxton Throws Live BP:
LHP James Paxton faced live hitters today for the first time, throwing live BP to a group of minor leaguers. Paxton threw 30 warmup pitches in the bullpen and then another 30 to Minor League hitters (Gabby Guerrero, Gareth Morgan) on one of the practice fields as he tuned up for his anticipated start next Tuesday against the White Sox. Paxton said it felt good to get back on the mound:

“I feel real good. Healthy. Nothing is wrong with my arm,” Paxton told reporters. “When you get a guy in the box for the first time in six months, it’s a little weird. A different optical thing. But it’s good to get back out there and get that feeling again and get ready for games.”

Welcome Back Danny:
Danny Hultzen
pitched in a game for the first time since Sept. 1, 2013 coming back from surgery on his left shoulder. After walking Troy Tulowitzki to lead off the inning, Hultzen induced a groundball double play and an inning-ending groundout for a scoreless inning of work. He threw 12 pitches/8 strikes.

Danny Hultzen

Danny Hultzen

Cactus League Report:
The Cactus League Report will air tonight from 6-7 pm on ESPN 710 Seattle. Mariners fans in Arizona can attend the live radio show from the Salty Senorita in Peoria. Guests scheduled to appear on the show include Taijuan Walker, Mike Zunino, Brad Miller and Patrick Kivlehan.

Game Replay:
If you missed the broadcast of today’s game, you can tune into ROOT SPORTS tonight to view a replay of the game at 7 pm.

Weather Report:
The temperatures climbed into the low 80s today with a first-pitch reading of 78°. The normal blue skies gave way to a low layer of clouds, but it was still very pleasant.

Photos of the Day:

 

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (4-5) continue to Cactus League play tomorrow (Thursday, March 12) vs. the Oakland Athletics at HoHoKam Park in Mesa at noon. Right-hander Jordan Pries (1-0, 4.50) is scheduled to make the start for the Mariners against A’s left-hander Scott Kazmir (0-0, -.–).

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