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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 37

Saturday, March 26, 2016 / 9 Days ’til Opening Day (April 4 at Texas Rangers)

MARINERS VS. DODGERS RECAP

Kyle Seager went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a triple and 2 runs batted in, Seth Smith was 2-for-3 with a solo homer and Ketel Marte was 2-for-3 with a double, an inside-the-park home run and 2 runs scored as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-6 in front of 10,644 fans at Peoria Stadium in Cactus League play Saturday.

Wade Miley started and worked 6.0 innings. He allowed two runs on four hits in the first inning, but settled in to limit the Dodgers to just one run on four hits over the next five innings, and left with a 4-3 lead. Tony Zych allowed a solo homer in his inning of work, but was credited with the win (1-0) when Seattle scored in the 7th. Mike Montgomery worked a 1-2-3 8th inning, and Steve Cishek battled his way to a save (#1), allowing two runs but stranding the go-ahead run on base in the 9th.

Seattle scored a pair of runs in the first, as Marte led off the game with a double and Seager followed with a triple. Seager scored on a Smith RBI single.

The Mariners added single runs in the fifth (Marte’s inside-the-park homer) and sixth (Smith solo homer, a blast to the berm in right field). The team tacked on a pair of runs in the seventh to take a 6-4 lead, as Seager’s two-RBI double scored pinch-runner Daniel Robertson and Tyler Smith, who had singled. Seattle closed out the scoring with an un-earned run in the eighth inning, then survived a pair Dodgers runs in the ninth.

The Mariners (13-12-2) return to Cactus League play tomorrow (Sunday, March 27) at 1:05 pm as they visit the Chicago Cubs at Sloan Park in Mesa. Left-hander James Paxton is scheduled to face Cubs right-hander Jason Hammel. The game will be broadcast in the Seattle area on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network.

MARINERS VS. DODGERS HIGHLIGHTS

Kuma Bears Down in AAA Game
Kuma-MiLB GameHisashi Iwakuma
made his second-to-last start of the spring pitching today in a minor league (AAA) game on the lower fields. He worked six innings, allowing just two earned runs on six hits while striking out six. The make-shift infield playing behind him committed four errors in his six innings of work, leading to a total of five runs being scored. Iwakuma tossed 81 pitches, including 56 strikes, and said afterward that he felt ready for the season.

Big Mac in the House
03.26 MacSuzuki
A camp visitor today was former Mariners right-hander Mac Suzuki. Mac came by to say hello to old friends, including Sr. Athletic Trainer Rick Griffin. While he was here, he caught of few innings of the AAA Game in which Hisashi Iwakuma was pitching. Mac was the first Japanese-born pitcher to appear in the American League when he debuted with Seattle in 1996. (He was the third Japanese pitcher, overall, behind Masanori Murakami (SF) and Hideo Nomo (LAD). Suzuki now spends most of his time in his hometown of Kobe, Japan, and works as a commentator on televised baseball games.

MLB Network Radio Visit, Part 2


After visiting with manager Scott Servais, as well as Felix Hernandez, Robinson Canó, Nelson Cruz and Steve Cishek, on Wednesday, Casey Stern and Jim Duquette from MLB Network Radio spent more time in Mariners camp this morning. Stern and Duquette chatted today with general manager Jerry Dipoto, Leonys Martín, Taijuan Walker and others.

As Heard on ROOT Sports


As ROOT Sports televises a record-tying 16 Cactus League games this spring, several Mariners have stopped by to chat with Dave Sims, Mike Blowers, Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith. Leonys Martín and Tony Zych talked with Sims and Blowers after exiting today’s game vs. the Dodgers. The next game to be televised on ROOT Sports will be when the Mariners host Kansas City on Monday, March 28 at 1:10 p.m.

Wade Miley and ‘K Cancer’
03.26 Miley
Mariners left-hander Wade Miley volunteered to support the ‘K Cancer’ initiative and took part in a photo shoot at the Peoria Sports Complex this morning.

 

Mariners Gameday Info – March 26 vs. Dodgers

ST Game Info

Spring #27: Los Angeles Dodgers (11-10-3) vs. Seattle Mariners (12-12-2) | 1:10 pm | Peoria Stadium
Starting Pitchers: LHP Scott Kazmir (0-1, 9.39) vs. LHP Wade Miley (0-1, 5.40)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle will broadcast today’s game…also available live 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 36

Friday, March 25, 2016 / 10 Days ’til Opening Day (April 4 at Texas Rangers)

MARINERS VS. WHITE SOX RECAP

Leonys Martín connected on a 1-0 pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning for a solo home run to right field, sending the Mariners past the White Sox, 5-4, in front of 9,527 at Peoria Stadium. Felix Hernandez blanked the White Sox for 6.0 scoreless innings, allowing 5 hits while striking out 3. Dan Altavilla earned the win in relief to improve to 2-0 this spring.

For the 4th straight game, the Mariners scored in the first inning. Norichika Aoki led off with a single up the middle and scored on Adam Lind’s sacrifice fly to right field. Kyle Seager scored on a fielding error with two outs in the inning to give the Mariners a 2-0 lead.

In his 3rd start of the spring, Hernandez allowed at least one base hit in each of the first 4 innings, but came away unscathed each time. Hernandez did not walk a batter and retired the last 8 White Sox batters he faced, two on strikeouts.

Making his first appearance since March 15, Justin De Fratus allowed a grand slam home run to Austin Jackson – his second home run of the spring – in the top of the seventh as the White Sox took a 4-2 lead.

Tony Zych worked a 1-2-3 top of the ninth, recording 2 strikeouts to bring his total to 13 strikeouts this spring.

With the Mariners trailing the White Sox, 4-2, Robinson Canó doubled to right field to begin the bottom of the ninth. Nelson Cruz evened the score at 4-4 with a towering home run to left-center field – his 3rd home run in Cactus League play – sending the game to extra innings.

With one out in the 10th, Martín belted the walk-off home run to complete the late-inning comeback.

 

MARINERS VS. WHITE SOX HIGHLIGHTS

Nelson Cruz ties up the game in the bottom of the 9th with a two-run homer that scores Shawn O’Malley

Felix Hernandez strikes out three over six shutout innings and allows five hits in the Mariners’ 5-4 win over the White Sox

Adam Lind drives a fly ball to deep right for a sacrifice fly to score Nori Aoki in the the 1st inning and put the Mariners up 1-0

Luis Sardinas corrals a high chopper and makes a quick throw home to get Hector Sanchez and keep the game tied in the 10th

Franklin Gutierrez hits a sharp grounder to short that is mishandled by Tyler Saladino, allowing Kyle Seager to score in the 1st

 

OPENING DAY IS GETTING CLOSER

Opening Day is a week from Monday and the signs are all around us. The road grey’s were taken out of storage today and they are being prepped for packing. Felix Hernandez will make his 8th consecutive Opening Day start, the longest active streak in the Majors. The club opens on April 4th against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.

 

BIRTHDAY BACKSTOPS

 

ANOTHER SIGN THAT SEASON IS ABOUT TO START

Boxes of luggage are piled from floor to ceiling (almost) in the equipment room down here. Over the next few days, those will be distributed to the players as they prepare to pack for the start of the season. Good thing we don’t have to worry about extra baggage fees.

 

NATE BOYER SPEAKS TO MARINERS

Nate Boyer, a former United States Army Green Beret, who played college football at Texas and was in the Seahawks training camp prior to last season, came to Mariners camp to speak abut his experiences. Boyer came with a group that he’s a part of, Mission 6 Zero, specializes in performance enhancement. We identify, assess, and develop human behaviors to help organizations achieve optimal performance results. As you’ll see above, Boyer also threw out the first pitch prior to the game.

 

TWEET OF THE DAY

Congratulations to the UW Women’s basketball team as they advance to the Elite 8 of the tournament.

Mariners Gameday Info – March 24 at Colorado

ST Game Info

Spring #25: Seattle Mariners (10-12-2) at Colorado Rockies (10-8-3) | 1:10 pm | Salt River Field at Talking Stick
Starting Pitchers: RHP Taijuan Walker (0-2, 4.73) vs. RHP Tyler Chatwood (1-0, 3.27)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle will broadcast today’s game (delayed)…also available live via mariners.com
TV: ROOT Sports (Rocky Mountain)
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data

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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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