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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 34

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 / 12 Days ’til Opening Day (April 4 at Texas Rangers)

MARINERS VS. ATHLETICS RECAP

Game 323

PEORIA, Ariz.Chris Iannetta and Luis Sardiñas equaled the most RBI by a Mariners player this spring with 4 RBI apiece, but it was not enough in a 13-12 loss to Oakland before 10,014 on a clear night at Peoria Stadium. Sardiñas collected his 4 RBI on the Mariners first grand slam of Spring Training action.

Oakland wasted little time in taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on three straight singles and a Mariners fielding error.

The Mariners quickly captured the lead in the bottom of the first. Norichika Aoki laced a doubled into the right-center field gap, and Ketel Marte followed with a frozen-rope single back up the middle. With two outs in the inning, Iannetta delivered a two-run double into the right field corner. Seth Smith drove in the go-ahead run with his 2nd triple of the spring, as the Mariners went in front, 3-2.

The Athletics scored 3 runs in the top of the second – all with two outs – to go back up, 5-3.

Aoki began a two-out rally in the bottom of the second as he singled to left and later scored on Kyle Seager’s single to bring the Mariners within one run of the Athletics, 5-4. With the bases loaded and two outs, Iannetta once again came through in the clutch, sending a single to right field to bring home two runs and give the Mariners a 6-5 lead. Seattle extended the lead to 7-5 on a run-scoring single from Smith.

Oakland tallied 4 runs in the top of the third to take a 9-7 lead over Seattle. The majority of the damage was credited to Jake Smolinski’s 3-run home run.

With the bases loaded and no out in the bottom of the fifth, Sardiñas belted a grand slam down the left field line, his 2nd home run of the spring and the Mariners first grand slam in Cactus League action. Sardiñas’ grand slam gave the Mariners an 11-9 advantage.

In the top of the sixth, the Athletics sent 10 batters to the plate and scored 4 runs on 4 hits to take a 13-11 lead. The Mariners answered back with 1 run in the bottom of the seventh, as Dae-Ho Lee scored on an RBI groundout, but the 13-12 Oakland advantage would be the final tally.

Iannetta was 3-for-3 with 2 runs scored, 1 double, 4 RBI and 1 walk in the ballgame. Iannetta is now batting .346 (9×26) with 9 RBI on the spring. Smith finished 2-for-3 with 1 run scored, 1 triple and 2 RBI to raise his batting average to .556 (15×27) in 11 games this spring.

Making his 5th start of the spring, Nathan Karns allowed 9 runs (7 earned) on 8 hits with 4 strikeouts and 2 walks in 2.1 innings pitched. Steve Cishek pitched a scoreless top of the eighth, striking out 3 batters.

The Mariners (10-12-2) return to Cactus League play tomorrow (Thursday, March 24) at 1:10 pm against the Colorado Rockies at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Right-hander Taijuan Walker is scheduled to face Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood. The game will be broadcast in the Seattle area on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network (delayed).

MARINERS GAME HIGHLIGHTS

Chris Iannetta hits a two-run double to tie the ballgame in the 1st

Seth Smith hits an RBI single into left field in the 2nd inning

Kyle Seager hits an RBI single into left field in the 2nd inning

Chris Iannetta hits a two-run single into right in the 2nd inning

Seth Smith hits an RBI triple into right field and the Mariners take the lead

 

 

HAPPY 40TH, JOEL!

Peralta Birthday

Mariners reliever Joel Peralta celebrated his 40th birthday today and his teammates made it a special one by getting him a cake…and to poke some fun at him, a motorized scooter to get him around the complex in his now “old” age.

 

MARINERS ROAD TO THE MAJORS

Road To Seattle

You may have seen some of the new pieces of art that were installed before this spring, including the “Road To Seattle” board that includes every player that was signed, developed and made their Major League debut with the Mariners. Today, two players on the list showed up in camp; Jose Cruz Jr. and Phil Bradley.

 

ROBINSON CANO ON ROOT SPORTS

Cano with ROOT

If you’ve been watching the Mariners broadcasts, you’ve seen that once players come out of the game, some have jumped on a headset to chat with some combination of Rick Rizzs, Mike Blowers, Dave Sims and Aaron Goldsmith. Since we’ve arrived to the part of the spring where the starters are playing most of the game, Robinson Cano took time befor the game to share some thoughts with ROOT SPORTS in a short interview that was played during the game.

 

MLB NETWORK RADIO IN CAMP

MLB Network Radio‘s Casey Stern and Jim Duquette were in camp today and did a round of interviews with Felix Hernandez, Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz, Steve Cishek and Scott Servais today as part of their Spring Previews series. they’ll return to our camp on Saturday to check in with Kyle Seager, Taijuan Walker and GM Jerry Dipoto.

 

MLB PLAYERS ASSOCIATION

Tony Clark

Executive Director of the MLB Players Association Tony Clark, along with former Major Leaguers Dave Winfield, Bobby Bonilla and former Mariners Mike Myers, Phil Bradley and Jose Cruz Jr., were in Mariners camp for a meeting with the players. After the meeting, Clark spent some time with the media and talked about different issues confronting the union right now in a labor negotiation year.

 

NATIONAL PUPPY DAY!

 

Mariners Gameday Info – March 23 vs. Oakland

ST Game InfoSpring #24: Oakland Athletics (9-9-3) vs. Seattle Mariners (10-11-2) | 7:10 pm | Peoria Stadium
Starting Pitchers: RHP Jesse Hahn (0-0, 6.00) vs. RHP Nathan Karns (1-1, 3.29)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle will broadcast today’s game…also available via mariners.com
TV: 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 33

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 / 13 Days ’til Opening Day (April 4 at Texas Rangers)

OFF DAY!

Big day on the spring calendar.

Big day on the spring calendar.

Tuesday was the club’s first off day of the spring. For the pitchers and catchers, it was the first day off since Feb. 19; first day off since Feb. 25 for the balance of the staff. (Scott Servais and the coaching staff was in a few days before the pitchers).

Nearly everyone took the day off. The exceptions? James Paxton (see below) was the lucky winner of the annual “who is scheduled to throw on the off day” lottery, so he came in. With Paxton pitching in a AAA game, Scott Servais and Mel Stottlemyre were in the house, as well.

James Paxton vs. the Knights

20160322_125001James Paxton was the starting pitcher for the AAA squad today, as Tacoma hosted the White Sox AAA affiliate, the Charlotte Knights. Coincidentally, the Langley Blaze from Langley, BC, were also playing a game on the practice fields today (against Seattle’s Rookie League team). Paxton pitching and a number of Canadian fans around led to a slightly larger than usual crowd on Field #1. Paxton worked 5.0 innings, allowing just a pair of solo homers (it’s fair to say the wind was blowing out). He allowed just 4 hits, walked 1 and struck out 8.

Good Support
An interesting addition to the crowd of Langley Blaze supporters was Robinson Cano who also came in on his off day to support some of the young players in games today.

Photos of the Day

James Paxton makes a move to first base.

James Paxton makes a move to first base.

James Paxton meets with the media after pitching.

James Paxton meets with the media after pitching.

James Paxton greets a young fan.

James Paxton greets a young fan.


 

Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 32

Monday, March 21, 2016 / 14 Days ’til Opening Day (April 4 at Texas Rangers)

MARINERS AT DODGERS RECAP

Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig, foreground, swings on a pitch from Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, of Japan, during the first inning a spring training baseball game Monday, March 21, 2016, in Phoenix . (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig, foreground, swings on a pitch from Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, of Japan, during the first inning a spring training baseball game Monday, March 21, 2016, in Phoenix . (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

In the first matchup between Japanese countrymen Hisashi Iwakuma and Kenta Maeda, the two starting pitchers dueled into the fifth inning, but it ultimately came down to a battle of the bullpens with the Mariners prevailing over the Dodgers, 6-3, at Camelback Ranch.

Making his 4th start of the spring, Iwakuma allowed 3 runs on 8 hits while walking 1 and striking out 3 in 4.1 innings pitched. Mike Montgomery (0.2 IP), Tony Zych (1.0 IP) and Donn Roach (3.0 IP) combined to hold the Dodgers scoreless in relief. Montgomery earned the win in relief to improve to 1-0.

The Mariners quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first as the first three batters recorded base hits. Ketel Marte led off the game with a double to right field, followed by a Luis Sardiñas single to left. Robinson Canó then drove in both Marte and Sardinas with a two-run single.

Los Angeles got a run back in the bottom of the inning on a solo home run from Justin Turner. Turner accounted for all three of the Dodgers runs, driving in Yasiel Puig on a double in the bottom of the third to tie the score at 2-2 and giving Los Angeles a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth on another double.

Montgomery entered the game in the bottom of the fifth with a runner on second and one out. After yielding a walk to the first batter he faced, Montgomery came back with a fly ball and a strikeout to end the inning.

The Mariners connected for back-to-back home runs in the top of the sixth to take a 6-3 lead over Los Angeles. With Marte and Sardiñas aboard, Nelson Cruz belted his second home run of the spring into the Dodgers left field bullpen. Adam Lind promptly followed with his second home run in Cactus League action to cap the Mariners scoring in the inning.

Zych struck out 2 of the 3 batters he faced in the sixth inning, his 4th consecutive outing with multiple strikeouts and 5th overall this spring. Roach tossed 3.0 scoreless innings with 3 strikeouts to earn his first save of the spring. In his last 3 outings, Roach has posted 8.0 scoreless innings with 12 strikeouts.

The Mariners (10-11-2) have their first off day of the Cactus League schedule tomorrow. Left-hander James Paxton is slated to start in a minor league game tomorrow at 1:00 pm. Seattle returns to play Wednesday, March 23 at 7:10 pm against the Oakland Athletics at Peoria Stadium. Right-hander Nathan Karns is scheduled to face Athletics right-hander Jesse Hahn. The game will be broadcast in the Seattle area on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network, and televised on ROOT Sports.

 

MARINERS VS. DODGERS HIGHLIGHTS

 

Nelson Cruz Homers

Adam Lind Homers

Ketel Marte Doubles

Robinson Cano and Ketel Marte Flash The Leather

CACTUS LEAGUE REPORT

710ESPN

The Cactus League Report will be live from 6-8 pm (AZ time) tonight from the Salty Señorita in Peoria. Tune in to 710 ESPN in the Seattle area tonight at 7:00 p.m. PT as hosts Rick Rizzs, Aaron Goldsmith, Dave Sims, Mike Blowers and Shannon Drayer visit with Taijuan Walker, Steve Clevenger, Mike Montgomery, third base coach Manny Acta and AAA hitting coach Scott Brosius.

ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL DAY FOR BASEBALL

CamelbackRanchThere’s still time to join us in the Valley of the Sun to watch the Mariners this spring. Today’s first pitch temperature was a balmy 90 degrees.

KUMA MEETS THE MEDIA

As he does following each outing, Hisashi Iwakuma met with both U.S. and Japanese media after his start at Los Angeles today. The media crew was especially interested in getting his thoughts on going up against the Dodgers Kenta Maeda. The pair train together in the offseason and this is the first time that they have faced each other on the mound.

DAY 32 PHOTO GALLERY

Mariners Gameday Info – March 21 at Los Angeles Dodgers

ST Game Info

Spring #23: Seattle Mariners (9-11-2) at Los Angeles Dodgers (10-8-2)| 1:05 pm | Camelback Ranch
Starting Pitchers: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (2-0, 5.87) vs. RHP Kenta Maeda (1-0, 0.00)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle will broadcast today’s game…also available via mariners.com
TV: MLB.tv (Dodgers webcast)
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data

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Mariners Gameday Info – March 19 at KC

ST Game Info

Spring #20 (ss): Seattle Mariners (9-8-2) at Kansas City Royals (9-11) | 1:05 pm | Surprise Stadium
Starting Pitchers: RHP Taijuan Walker (0-2, 6.48) vs. LHP Matt Strahm (0-0, 1.59)
Radio: None
TV: None
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data

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Mariners Gameday Info – March 18 vs. TEX

ST Game InfoSpring #19: Texas Rangers (9-5-1) vs. Seattle Mariners (8-8-2) | 1:10 pm | Peoria Stadium
Starting Pitchers: LHP Victor Payano (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Nathan Karns (0-1, 4.00)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle will broadcast today’s game (delayed)…also available via mariners.com
TV: ROOT Sports
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data

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Mariners Gameday Info – March 17 at OAK

ST Game InfoSpring #18: Seattle Mariners (8-8-1) at Oakland Athletics (6-6-2) | 1:05 pm | Hohokam Stadium
Starting Pitchers: LHP James Paxton (1-1, 4.00) vs. RHP Kendall Graveman (0-1, 7.20)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle will broadcast today’s game (delayed)…also available via mariners.com
TV: None
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data

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Mariners Gameday Info – March 16 vs. SF

ST Game Info

Spring #17: San Francisco Giants (6-9) vs. Seattle Mariners (7-8-1) | 1:10 pm | Peoria Stadium
Starting Pitchers: RHP Jeff Samardzija (0-1, 5.00) vs. RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (2-0, 0.00)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle will broadcast today’s game (delayed)…also available via mariners.com
TV: 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 26

MARINERS VS. ANGELS RECAP

Mariners Angels Spring Baseball

TEMPE, Ariz. – Dario Pizzano hit his first home run of the spring to give Seattle a 4-3 lead in the top of the 9th, but Los Angeles rallied for an equalizing run in the bottom of the inning as the Mariners and Angels played to a 4-4 tie at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Seattle got on the board in the top of the first to take a 1-0 lead. Stefen Romero and Kyle Seager hit back-to-back singles with two outs. Romero then scored on Dae-Ho Lee‘s single to left field, the Mariners third consecutive two-out hit of the inning.

The Angels answered back with a run in the bottom of the first to tie the score at 1-1. Yunel Escobar led off with a double and scored on Daniel Nava’s double. Los Angeles took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third. Mike Trout started the inning with a double and later scored on a single from Kole Calhoun.

The Mariners struck again with two outs in the fourth to plate two runs for a 3-2 advantage. Lee led off the inning with a double and Mike Zunino reached on an error. Daniel Robertson delivered a two-out double down the right-field line to bring home Lee and Zunino.

Los Angeles evened the score at 3-3 in the bottom of the fourth. Jett Bandy drew a one-out walk and took second base on a wild pitch. Nava brought home Bandy on a single to right field.

After Pizzano’s home run gave the Mariners the 4-3 lead in the top of the 9th, the Angels tied the game in the bottom of the inning. Craig Gentry tripled down the right-field line to begin the inning. With one out, Geovanny Soto lifted a sacrifice fly to left field to score Gentry.

Cody Martin made his first start of the spring for Seattle and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits while walking 1 and striking out 2 in 3.0 innings. Reliever Justin De Fratus gave up 1 run in 2.0 innings. Donn Roach tossed 3.0 scoreless innings in relief, striking out 6. Jonathan Aro allowed 1 run on 1 hit in the bottom of the 9th.

Romero continued his hot hitting, going 3-for-4, with 1 run scored. Romero is now batting .480 (12×25) with 5 runs, 2 doubles, 1 home run and 7 RBI in 11 games this spring. With one hit in today’s game, Robertson is now batting .529 (9-for-17) with 3 runs, 3 doubles, 2 triples and 7 RBI this spring.

The Mariners (7-8-1) return to Cactus League play tomorrow (Wednesday, March 16) to face the San Francisco Giants at 1:10 pm at Peoria Stadium. The game will be broadcast in the Seattle area on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network (delayed), and televised by ROOT Sports. Right-handed pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma is scheduled to start for the Mariners against Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija.

 

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

Pizzano’s 9th Inning, Go-Ahead Homer

 

Robertson’s Two-Run Double

 

Lee’s RBI Single

 

Romero’s Tough Stop

 

Taylor Doubles

 

MARINERS COMMERCIALS DEBUT TOMORROW

The commercials, shot on location during Spring Training, begin airing tomorrow during the broadcast of the Mariners vs. San Francisco Giants game at the Peoria Sports Complex. (1:10pm first pitch). The game will be broadcast live on ROOT SPORTS. The commercials will run throughout the season on local and regional broadcast and cable channels. They can also be viewed starting tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Mariners.com/Commercials, where viewers can vote online for their favorite.

 

WADE MILEY SIMULATED GAME

PEORIA, AZ - MARCH 10: Starting pitcher Wade Miley #20 of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first innnig of the spring training game at Peoria Stadium on March 10, 2016 in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

PEORIA, AZ – MARCH 10: Starting pitcher Wade Miley #20 of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning of the spring training game at Peoria Stadium on March 10, 2016 in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Left-hander Wade Miley was scheduled to start today’s Cactus League game against the Angels, but instead the staff decided to have him toss a simulated game at the Mariners complex. Wade breezed through 4.0 innings against Mariners minor leaguers, working 4.0 shutout frames, allowing a bloop hit to center, while striking out four. He made 40 pitches, 31 of them were strikes.

 

THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING NEW

Baseball’s a funny game. It doesn’t matter how many games you watch, there will be things that still catch you by surprise. We could write about what happened on the play, but it’s best if you just watch it.

 

WHO WE ARE

Shannon & Guti

As part of 710 ESPN Seattle’s “Who We Are” series, Shannon Drayer sat down with Mariners fan favorite Franklin Gutierrez for an in-depth interview to discuss what he values in his life, in the clubhouse and what drives him. Shannon will check in with various players and coaches over the coming weeks and the features will be used on various formats including the radio, their website and on other social media accounts.

 

FORMER MARINERS LEFTY RETIRES

Some of you may remember left-hander Rob Rasmussen, who spent the second half of the season with the Mariners…today, he decided to walk away from the game and focus on his education. He’s one class short of completing his bachelors and will then work on his Masters of Business Administration. If you’d like to read more about his decision, MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez has more details: Rasmussen announces retirement from game

 

THE IDES OF MARCH

Idea of March Cesar Jimenez

Today is March 15, the Ides of March…Seattle has never had a player named Julius, Caesar, Brutas or Cassius…we did have Cesar Jimenez (lhp) and former minor league coach, Cal MicLish; his full name: Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma McLish.

 

PETE & BUBBA

Pete and Bubba

Pete Fortune (left) and Bubba Harkins (right) catch up in the visiting clubhouse at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Between 1986 (when Pete started with the Mariners while Seattle trained here) and now, with Bubba handling the visiting clubhouse duties, the two have spent the past 30 years in this clubhouse in Tempe.

 

MARCH 15 PHOTO GALLERY

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