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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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Game Central – March 11 vs. Rockies

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Spring #9: Seattle Mariners (4-4) at Colorado Rockies (3-3-2) | 1:05 pm | Peoria Stadium
Starting Pitchers: RHP Erasmo Ramirez (0-0, 4.50) vs. RHP Christian Bergman (0-0, 4.50)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle will air the game delayed at 7 pm…live via mariners.com
TV: Live TV broadcast on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data

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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 19

Felix delivers his first pitch of the spring.

Felix delivers his first pitch of the spring.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 / 27 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)

Game Recap:
Felix Hernandez
tossed 2.0 scoreless innings in his first start of the spring, but the Mariners were handed a 9-3 loss vs. the Rockies Tuesday afternoon at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. The Rockies used a 7-run 5th inning to cruise to the Cactus League victory. Dustin Ackley went 3-for-3 with one RBI for the Mariners. Here is the official box score from MLB.com and some video highlights from the game:

 

 

 

 

King Felix’s Debut:
Felix Hernandez
made his first start of the spring, facing the minimum 6 batters in 2.0 scoreless innings. Felix threw just 18 pitches in his outing and allowed one baserunner (walk). Here is video of Felix talking about his start:

Tweet of the Day:

Edgar Arrives:
Mariners Hall of Famer Edgar Martinez is in camp helping as a minor league instructor. Here is a fun photo of a pair of Mariners Hall of Famers, Edgar and Alvin Davis.

Mariners Hall of Famers Alvin Davis and Edgar Martinez.

Mariners Hall of Famers Alvin Davis and Edgar Martinez.

Correia Throws First Bullpen:
Veteran RHP Kevin Correia signed a minor league deal with the Mariners yesterday and didn’t waste much time getting on the mound. The veteran of 12 Major Leagues seasons threw his first bullpen this morning.

Kevin Correia throwing his first bullpen as a Mariner.

Kevin Correia throwing his first bullpen as a Mariner.

How’s the Weather:
We have heard about the amazing weather up in Seattle, but it is hard to beat 82° without a cloud in the sky. Temperatures are expected to climb into the upper 80s over the next few days.

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What’s on Tap:
The Mariners continue to Cactus League play tomorrow (Wednesday, March 11) vs. the Colorado Rockies at Peoria Stadium (1:05 pm). Right-hander Erasmo Ramirez is scheduled to make the start against Rockies right-hander Christian Bergman. The game will be televised on ROOT SPORTS.

Photos of the Day:

 

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Game Central – March 10 at Rockies

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Spring #8: Seattle Mariners (4-3) at Colorado Rockies (2-3-1) | 1:10 pm | Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
Starting Pitchers: RHP Felix Hernandez (0-0, -.–) vs. RHP Kyle Kendrick (0-1, 4.50)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle will air the game delayed at 7 pm…live via mariners.com
TV: No TV broadcast of 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 18

Taijuan Walker struck out 4 batters in 3.0 scoreless innings.

Taijuan Walker struck out 4 batters in 3.0 scoreless innings.

Monday, March 9, 2015 / 28 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)

Game Recap:
D.J. Peterson
hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 9th inning to score Ketel Marte sending the Seattle Mariners to a 4-3 win over the Cleveland Indians Monday afternoon in Cactus League play at Peoria Stadium. Marte led off the inning with a triple to the right field gap. Starting pitcher Taijuan Walker recorded 4 strikeouts in 3.0 scoreless innings and Brad Miller hit a pair of home runs to highlight the victory improving the Mariners to 4-3 in spring training play. Here is the official box score from MLB.com and some video highlights from the game:

Play of the Day:

Game Replay:
Want to watch a replay of today’s game? Well, you are in luck as ROOT Sports will air a replay of the game starting at 7 pm in the Seattle market. Re-watch the home runs by Miller (both of them) and Zunino, and the walk-off win in the broadcast.

Jason Bay in Studio:
A new, but familiar, face was involved in today’s broadcast on ROOT Sports. Former Major Leaguer (and Mariner) Jason Bay joined Brad Adam in the ROOT Sports studio in Bellevue to offer his insights. Bay was a three-time All-Star during his 11-season Major League career.

Brad Adam and Jason Bay in the ROOT studio.

Brad Adam and Jason Bay in the ROOT studio.

Fox Sports Interviews:
A production crew from Fox Sports and Fox Sports 1 arrived at the Mariners complex bright and early this morning to conduct several interviews for the 2015 season. Dustin Ackley, Chris Taylor, Brad Miller, Logan Morrison, Fernando Rodney, Austin Jackson and Mike Zunino all set down with the crew. Felix Hernandez was interviewed by Seattle Times beat writer Ryan Divish for a special 10-minute one-on-one that will run in the next few days.

Ryan Divish interviewing King Felix.

Ryan Divish interviewing King Felix.

Getting Crowded in Here:
Minor league catchers and pitchers officially reported today, and will hit the field for the first time Wednesday (physicals tomorrow). A total of 78 pitchers and catchers will be in Arizona today for minor league camp (67 pitchers, 11 catchers. 21 of the 67 pitchers were here for mini-camp and 7 of the 11 catchers were here as well.

USA Baseball in Camp:
Staff members from USA Baseball were in camp today to visit with several players that have played for Team USA in their careers. The players were given a hat and shirt with “USA Baseball Alumni” on the front. Past Team USA members included Willie Bloomquist, Brad Miller, Rickie Weeks, Austin Jackson, Justin Ruggiano, Seth Smith, D.J. Peterson and Marcus Littlewood.

Brad Miller with his new Team USA gear (pictured with Ernie Young).

Brad Miller with his new Team USA gear (pictured with Ernie Young).

Get to Know Tyler Olson:
Left-handed relief pitcher Tyler Olson has had an impressive spring so far, tossing 3.0 perfect innings with 5 strikeouts, including striking out the side today in the 4th inning vs. the Indians (Kipnis, Gomes, Brantley). Olson was profiled on this blog yesterday if you want to know more about the left-hander from Spokane.

New Rainiers Jerseys:
The Tacoma Rainiers unveiled a new set of jerseys today and they received positive reviews from a few players that have spent time with Tacoma in recent years.

710 ESPN Seattle in Camp:
Brock & Salk with 710 ESPN Seattle had another big day in camp today, interviewing Felix Hernandez, Howard Lincoln, Kyle Seager, Fernando Rodney, Austin Jackson and Mike Zunino. You can listen to podcasts of the Felix and Lincoln interview via 710Sports.com.

Correia Signs with Mariners:
Veteran RHP Kevin Correia signed a minor league deal with the Mariners this morning and is in camp as a non-roster invitee. Correia had made 353 career Major League appearances over 12 seasons with the Giants (2003-08), Padres (2009-10), Pirates (2011-12), Twins (2013-14) and Dodgers (2014). He was an All-Star with Pittsburgh in 2011.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners continue to Cactus League play tomorrow (Tuesday, March 10) vs. the Colorado Rockies at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Right-hander Felix Hernandez is scheduled to make his 2015 Cactus League debut against Rockies right-hander Kyle Kendrick. The game will air on a tape-delay on 710 ESPN Seattle, but will be available via a live radio stream on Mariners.com.

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Photo Gallery:
Here are some images from camp today captured by Mariners team photographer Ben Van Houten:

Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 17

A beautiful day for Cactus League baseball.

A beautiful day for Cactus League baseball.

Sunday, March 8, 2015 / 29 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)

Game Recap:
Austin Jackson
doubled in a run, and J.A. (Jay) Happ made his Mariners debut, but Seattle’s bats were quiet and Cincinnati sent nine men to the plate in a 6-run eighth inning in a 10-1 loss at the Reds Sunday afternoon. The Cactus League game was played at Goodyear Ballpark in front of 5,559 fans. The Mariners are now 3-3 in spring training play this year. Seattle managed just 5 hits off Reds pitching, including doubles by Jackson, Julio Morban and Patrick Kivlehan. Here is the official box score from MLB.com and some video highlights:

 

Tweets of the Day:

Felix Named Opening Day Starter (sort of):
Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon *shockingly* named Felix Hernandez the Opening Day starter against the Angels on April 6 at Safeco Field. McClendon jokingly asked the reporters if they had a better idea than starting King Felix.

“You guys got somebody better?” McClendon said with a laugh. “I’d say it’s a really good chance — a 99.99999 percent chance — that he’ll be starting Opening Day. They’d run me out of town if he’s not out there. Talk about getting second-guessed? They’d be all over me.”

This will be Felix’s 7th consecutive Opening Day start and 8th overall. How has Felix fared on Opening Day in his career? Well, King Felix has lived up to his name going 5-0 with a 1.52 ERA (9 ER, 53.1 IP). April 6 can’t get here quick enough!

Spring Debuts for Happ & Rodney:
LHP J.A. Happ (1.0 IP) and RHP Fernando Rodney made their Cactus League debuts today vs. the Reds. Here is some video of the two pitchers in action:

 

 

 

Paxton Throws Second Bullpen:
LHP James Paxton threw off the mound for the second time this spring after suffering a freak injury to his forearm. He threw 40 pitches off the bullpen and said he felt great. He is on track to make his Cactus League debut March 17 vs. the White Sox (unofficial of course).

James Paxton throwing his bullpen.

James Paxton throwing his bullpen.

Live BP for Wilhelmsen:
RHP Tom Wilhelmsen threw to live hitters on the back fields. Here is a pretty sweet picture from Mariners.com beat writer Greg Johns.

Tom Wilhelmsen (photo: Greg Johns/MLB.com)

Tom Wilhelmsen (photo: Greg Johns/MLB.com)

Clock Confusion:
Every spring, there is at least one person (if not several) that struggle with daylight saving. Clocks mysteriously moved forward one hour, even though Arizona does not change time. One great thing is that Arizona and Seattle are now on the same time, so no more confusion on what time games start.

NHK in Camp:
Several players were interviewed by Japan’s NHK today for the baseball season preview show. Here is a picture of Dustin Ackley talking about his beard, the 2015 season and his offseason hobbies.

Dustin Ackley being interviewed by NHK.

Dustin Ackley being interviewed by NHK.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (3-3) continue to Cactus League play tomorrow (Monday, March 9) vs. the Cleveland Indians at Peoria Stadium. The game will be televised live (and replayed at 7 pm) on ROOT Sports. The game will also be broadcast on 710 ESPN Seattle in the Seattle market. RHP Taijuan Walker (0-0, 0.00) is scheduled to make his second spring start against Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco.

TV Tomorrow:                     
Tomorrow’s game vs. the Indians will be televised on ROOT Sports with Dave Sims and Mike Blowers calling the action from Peoria Stadium at 1:05 pm. The game will also be replayed at 7 pm Monday night. A total of 16 Cactus League games will be televised this spring.

Single Game Tickets On Sale:
The Mariners 2015 Opening Day game vs. the Angels is virtually sold out. The remaining available inventory is limited to scattered single tickets. Opening Day tickets are still available with the purchase of full or 20-Game season tickets or 10-Game Flex plans. Information about Mariners season tickets and 10-Game Flex plans is available at mariners.com/2015, or by calling 206-346-4001.

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Spring Game Central – March 8 at Reds

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Spring #6: Seattle Mariners (3-2) at Cincinnati Reds (2-3) | 1:05 pm | Goodyear Ballpark
Starting Pitchers: LHP J.A. Happ (0-0, -.–) vs. RHP Jason Marquis (1-0, 0.00)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also on Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: No live TV in Seattle market
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with inning updates

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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 16

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Saturday, March 7, 2015 / 30 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)

Game Recaps:
Justin Ruggiano
hit a three-run home run to lead the Mariners 14-hit attack in an 11-7 victory over the Chicago White Sox Saturday afternoon in Cactus League play at Camelback Ranch…the Mariners were split today, dropping a home game to the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3, and are now 3-2 in spring training play…in the game vs. the Diamondbacks the Mariners allowed a pair of runs in the 9th after the Arizona leadoff batter reached via…Rickie Weeks hit a tape-measure home run over the center field “Blue Monster” at Peoria Stadium.

Weeks HR:

 

Iwakuma:

 

Austin Jackson:

Tweets of the Day:

Cactus League Debut:
It is official…Felix Hernandez will travel to Scottsdale to face the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday to make his Cactus League debut. LHP J.A. Happ will make his Mariners debut tomorrow vs. the Cincinnati Reds at Goodyear Ballpark and RH Taijuan Walker gets the nod in his second start for Monday’s game vs. the Cleveland Indians. In other news around camp, Manager Lloyd McClendon also announced that lefty starter James Paxton, who has been sidelined due to soreness in his forearm is tentatively scheduled to make his Cactus League debut on March 17.

Nice Crowd:
A nice crowd of 9,130 fans attended the home game vs. the Diamondbacks. It was nearly a perfect day down here with temperatures in the high 70s.

Hultzen Throws Second Bullpen:
LHP Danny Hultzen returned to the mound for his second live BP session today. Danny is getting closer to throwing in an actual game after undergoing shoulder surgery on October 1, 2013. He threw 30 pitches today and was able to work on all of his pitches, including his breaking ball.

“When I can just throw it and throw it for strikes,” Hultzen said, “that when I know it’s better.”

Excitement in the Air:
The Mariners 2015 Single Game Tickets went on sale this morning and within an hour Opening Day on April 6 vs. the Los Angeles Angels was virtually sold out. The remaining available inventory is limited to scattered single tickets. Opening Day tickets are still available with the purchase of full or 20-Game season tickets or 10-Game Flex plans. Information about Mariners season tickets and 10-Game Flex plans is available at mariners.com/2015, or by calling 206-346-4001. Plenty of good seats are still available for the 80 remaining games on the Mariners 2015 home schedule, including Beard Hat Night on April 17 (vs. Texas), Felix Hernandez Bobblehead Night on April 18 (vs. Texas), Hisashi Iwakuma Bear Hat Night on April 25 (vs. Minnesota), and Salute to Kids Day, Sunday, April 26 (vs. Minnesota).

Two new special events have been added to the schedule:

  • April 26, vs. Minnesota – Safeco Field’s first postgame movie: The Lego Movie
  • June 19, vs. Houston – Star Wars Night. Fans are encouraged to dress in their Jedi best. Characters from the movie franchise will be on hand. The event will be followed by a postgame Star Wars-themed fireworks show.

Wrapping Up Mini Camp:
With the conclusion of Mini Camp tomorrow, the focus of the Player Development staff is now shifting to preparing for Minor League Spring Training Camp. From Coordinators to coaches to trainers all 55 minor league staff member have reported to Peoria and will begin meeting tomorrow afternoon. Director of Players Development Chris Gwynn and Field Coordinator Jack Howell will go lead the meetings the next two days that consist of going over expectations, drills and development plans. Minor league pitchers and catchers report on March 9 with structured workouts beginning on March 11. Minor League position players will report on March 14 with full workouts on March 16. The Mariners will have approximately 150 minor league players in camp.

Happy Birthday:
Arizona League Mariners Athletic Trainer Randy Roetter and Minor League Clubhouse Manager Isaac Ruiz are both celebrating birthdays today. Thanks to Jan Plein for arranging the delicious cupcakes and leading the signing to both Randy and Isaac. Former Mariners outfielder Jeff Burroughs (1981) and reliever Randy Stein (1979 & 1981) are also celebrating birthdays.

Best Buds:
Teammates once again, Logan Morrison and Justin Ruggiano, are having fun in their reunion on the diamond. They were teammates with the Marlins.

Justin Ruggiano and Logan Morrison

Justin Ruggiano and Logan Morrison

The Part of Mariners Baseball You Don’t Always See:
You hear a lot from professional athletes and even sports teams talk about how they want to “give back to the community.” Here at the Seattle Mariners, we take our responsibility to be good corporate citizens seriously.

Every year, the Mariners community relations department comes down Spring Training to sit down with each player on their involvement in the community as well as secure all the donations items that they will use throughout the year. CR members Gina Hasson, Sean Grindley, Demetrius Grant and Korey Traynor have each spent time in Peoria over the last two week. Sean wraps up another successful stretch in Peoria and will head home today.

Through our Community Relations Department and our non-profit foundation, Mariners Care, we are able to channel resources to over 1,500 worthy causes and organizations. Since 2000, Mariners Care has helped raise over $15 million to benefit primarily youth-oriented community service programs. And each season, we are proud that every member of the Mariners team participates in our community programs.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (3-2) continue to Cactus League play tomorrow (Sunday, March 8) on the road vs. the Cincinnati Reds at Goodyear Ballpark. The game will be broadcast on 710 ESPN Seattle in the Seattle market (no TV). Left-hander J.A. Happ is scheduled to make the start for the Mariners.

Next TV Game:                    
The Mariners next TV game will be Monday, March 9 vs. the Indians on ROOT Sports. A total of 16 Cactus League games will be televised this spring. You can watch a replay of today’s game vs. the Dodgers at 6 am tomorrow morning on the MLB Network (check local listings).

Single Game Tickets On Sale:
The Seattle Mariners 2015 Opening Day game is virtually sold out. The remaining available inventory is limited to scattered single tickets.

Opening Day tickets are still available with the purchase of full or 20-Game season tickets or 10-Game Flex plans. Information about Mariners season tickets and 10-Game Flex plans is available atmariners.com/2015, or by calling 206-346-4001.

Plenty of good seats are still available for the 80 remaining games on the Mariners 2015 home schedule, including Beard Hat Night on April 17 (vs. Texas), Felix Hernandez Bobblehead Night on April 18 (vs. Texas), Hisashi Iwakuma Bear Hat Night on April 25 (vs. Minnesota), and Salute to Kids Day, Sunday, April 26 (vs. Minnesota).

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