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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 26

A near perfect day for Cactus League baseball!

A near perfect day for Cactus League baseball!

Sunday, March 9, 2014 / 22 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 30 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)

Game Recap vs. the Rangers:
The Mariners scored six runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to rally from behind to defeat the Texas Rangers 9-8 Sunday afternoon at Peoria Stadium [Box Score]. The win was the Mariners third consecutive victory and improved the team to 10-3 in Cactus League play. The Mariners erupted for 6 runs on 6 hits in the 8th inning to take the lead after trailing 8-3 heading into bottom of the inning. Catcher Mike Dowd hit a two-run ground-rule double to start the scoring in the inning, followed by a two-run triple by outfielder Cole Gillespie. Shortstop Chris Taylor hit a run-scoring double and center fielder Xavier Avery recorded a RBI single in the inning to cap off the comeback victory. Here is an updated look at the Mariners spring training stats. And here are some action shots courtesy of the Associated Press.

Here are some video highlights from the win over the Rangers:

MLB Network:
The crew from the MLB Network were in camp today, with former Major League pitcher Dan Plesac and Peter Gammons talking with a lot of players. The Network caught up with Kyle Seager, Corey Hart, Mike Zunino, Taijuan Walker, Dustin Ackley, Nick Franklin and Lloyd McClendon. The show will air as part of the Network’s 30 Clubs in 30 Days promotion, debuting tonight at 4 pm PT on MLB Network (check local listings).

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Kyle Seager talks with Dan Plesac of the MLB Network.

Kyle Seager talks with Dan Plesac of the MLB Network.

Dustin Ackley talking with the MLB Network.

Dustin Ackley talking with the MLB Network.

Tar Heel Blue:
When Peter Gammons comes to Mariners camp, you pretty much know what lockers you’ll find him at first. Gammons is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, and always enjoys visiting with fellow Tar Heels Dustin Ackley and Kyle Seager. Gammons said he appreciated the Mariners clubhouse putting the lockers of Ackley and Seager next to each other in the “ACC section”.

Kyle Seager and Peter Gammons.

Kyle Seager and Peter Gammons.

Nice Crowd:
Today’s attendance was 10,291, including a walk-up of 4,056. And yesterday, the Mariners played in front of two sold out crowds in Scottsdale (12,123) and Glendale (13,427). So over the last two days, 35,841 fans have seen the Mariners play in Cactus League action.

Old Teammates:
As Mariners infield coach Chris Woodward hit the field, he stopped to say to an old teammate, MLB Network’s Dan Plesac. Chris and Dan were teammates in Toronto in 1999 and 2001-02. Chris said Dan was one of the funniest teammate he had during his 12-season Major League career, and he was also one of the first guys to introduce himself when Chris arrived in a Major League clubhouse for the first time in 1999. Plesac also interviews Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, and although they were never teammates, their careers crossed several times. And of course we have to mention that Lloyd was 1-for-2 off Plesac in his career, hitting a home run on July 28, 1994.

Two Hall of Famers and One Heck of Meal:
Broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith had one of those memorable days on Saturday in Scottsdale. Prior to broadcasting the game vs. the Giants, Aaron got to meet and chat with Hall of Famer Jon Miller. After the game, Aaron joined Rick Rizzs and producer/engineer Kevin Cremin (along with wife heather) for a meal at the legendary Scottsdale establishment Don & Charlie’s. We are told that Aaron did some major damage on a 10oz prime rib and a half-rack of charbroiled ribs. And those two items were not even the best part of his day. Following dinner. Aaron got to meet Hall of Famer Willie Mays. Willie was at D&C signing autographs, but stopped to chat with Aaron and Rick. What a day!

Aaron Goldsmith meeting Willie Mays.

Aaron Goldsmith meeting Willie Mays.

Marines All-Access:
Mariners All-Access airs on ROOT SPORTS tonight at 7 pm and 11:30 pm (check your local listings). Tune in to watch highlights from today’s game vs. the Rangers and exclusive interviews.

Show and Go:
After yesterday’s day-night, split-squad doubleheader, Lloyd McClendon gave the team an easy morning schedule, basically telling them to show up and be ready to play. The team was on the field by 11 am. Since the coaching staff was at both games yesterday in Scottsdale and Glendale, they were also given a morning to come in a little later than their normal 5-6 am arrival.

Team France:
The French National Baseball Team was in camp today, and played an exhibition game vs. a group of Mariners minor leaguers. Former Major League All-Star Eric Gagné is one of the coaches of the French team.

Team France player Andy Paz before the game vs. the Mariner minor leaguers.

Team France player Andy Paz before the game vs. the Mariner minor leaguers.

Remember When…Rick Waits:
Hall of Fame writer Peter Gammons was in camp today with the MLB Network, and spent some of the morning catching up with Mariners pitching coach Rick Waits. Peter was trying to remember specific games he remembered watching Rick during his 12-season Major League career. The game they both came up with was a one-hitter on Opening Day in 1979 that Rick threw against the Red Sox. The only hit he allowed was a 6th inning single to Jerry Remy.

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Welcome Dave:
Mariners TV broadcaster Dave Sims arrived with his wife Abby arrived in camp today. Dave will be in Peoria for most of the rest of spring training, except for a few college basketball duties. The Mariners first TV game is Wednesday night vs. the Cubs (7:05 pm) on ROOT SPORTS.

Mariners Podcasts:
There have been a lot of players join local and national radio programs this spring. If you want to catch up on the interviews, we have you covered via the Podcast page on this blog. Click, listen and enjoy!

Single Game Tickets on Sale:
Single-game tickets for the 2014 Seattle Mariners season are currently on sale. Highlights of the 81-game home schedule include Opening Night (Tuesday, April 8 vs. Los Angeles Angels), Beard Hat Night, Turn Back The Clock Night, Bat Night, Lou Piniella’s induction into the Mariners Hall of Fame, three postgame fireworks shows, and a host of other special events and giveaways (available at this link mariners.com/promotions). Tickets will be available without a service charge at the Safeco Field Box Office and Seattle Mariners Team Stores. They’re also available at mariners.com, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers and by phone at 1-888-SEA-HITS (service charges apply).

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (10-3) return to Cactus League tomorrow with a day-night, split-squad doubleheader vs. the Royals (1:05 pm in Peoria) and Diamondbacks (7:10 pm in Scottsdale/Talking Stick). In the afternoon game, right-handed pitcher Brandon Maurer (0-0, 4.50) is scheduled to make his first spring start (2nd appearance) vs. Royals right-hander James Shields. In the nightcap vs. the D-backs, left-hander James Paxton (0-0, 0.00) is scheduled to make his third spring start.

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Mariners Game Central – March 9 vs. Texas

03.09.14 Lineup

Spring #13: Seattle Mariners (9-3) vs. Texas Rangers (2-6-2) | 1:05 pm | Peoria Stadium
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Felix Hernandez (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Colby Lewis (0-0, 27.00)
Radio: Radio coverage on 710 ESPN Seattle and via Mariners.com (for subscribers
TV: No TV coverage of today’s game
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with play-by-play data

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Here is today’s game information:

Mariners vs. Dodgers – Video Highlights

The Mariners beat the Dodgers tonight 8-5 in the second game of a day-night, split-squad doubleheader. The game was televised on the MLB Network, so we are able to post some video highlights of the game.

Jesus Montero and Stefen Romero hit back-to-back home runs in the 2nd inning:

Justin Smoak hit 2-run home run in the 3rd inning off Josh Beckett:

Montero lofted his second home run of the game in the 8th inning:

Here is Romero showing off his arm throwing out the speedy Dee Gordon at homeplate:

And center fielder Abraham Almonte making a nice sliding catch in the bottom of the first inning:

Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 25

Saturday, March 8, 2014 / 23 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 31 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)

Game Recap vs. the Giants:
The Mariners defeated the Giants 18-3 in today’s afternoon in Scottsdale. Brad Miller and Michael Saunders each hit two-run home runs in the first inning and starting pitcher Erasmo Ramirez tossed 4.0 scoreless to improve to 2-0, 1.04 ERA this spring [Box Score]. Dustin Ackley finished 3-for-4 with a double, triple and 2 RBI and is batting .500 (10×20) with 4 runs scored, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home runs and 10 RBI in 7 Cactus League games. Saunders (2×3, 3 R, HR, 3 RBI), Endy Chavez (2×4, R, 2 RBI), Leon Landry (2×2, 2 R) and Ketel Marte (2×2) also recorded multi-hit games. Here is an updated look at the Mariners spring training stats.

Here are video highlights of the home runs by Miller and Saunders:

Game Recap vs. the Dodgers:
Jesus Montero homered twice and drove in three runs, Stefen Romero doubled, homered and drive in a pair of runs and Justin Smoak hit a two-run, go-ahead homer as Seattle pounded out an 8-5 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday night in front of a sold-out crowd at Camelback Ranch.
Starting pitcher Blake Beavan (1-0, 2.25) earned the win in his third spring start. Beavan allowed 3 runs (1 earned run) in 3.0 innings. All three runs scored in the bottom of the first, as a pair of errors led to two un-earned runs.  Danny Farquhar pitched the ninth to earn his first save of the spring.
Seattle tied the game at 3-3 in the second inning with back-to-back homers from Jesus Montero (#1, a two-run shot to right field) and Stefen Romero (#1, to left field). Romero later added an RBI double, and threw out the speedy Dee Gordon at the plate to end the fifth inning. Montero added his second homer of the game, a solo shot, to lead off the 8th inning.
Justin Smoak hit a two-run homer (#1) in the third to give Seattle a 5-3 lead. Smoak finished with a pair of walks and two runs scored in addition to the two RBI.

Packed House (x 2):
The Mariners and Giants played in front of a sell-out crowd of 12,123 fans at Scottsdale Stadium. One of the best venues in the Cactus League, Scottsdale Stadium never disappoints with a usual packed house. In the nightcap, Seattle and the Dodgers hooked up in front of another sell-out crowd of 13,427 at Camelback Ranch in Glendale.

Double Duty:
Lloyd McClendon and his full Major League staff pulled double duty today, managing/coaching the day game in Scottsdale and the night game in Glendale. That’s a long day for that group, as the staff arrives between 4 and 5 am each day. Tacoma’s Bob Dutton was the only media member to cover both games today.

I Know That Guy:
First Base Coach Andy Van Slyke should have been able to provide a pretty good scouting report on the Dodgers clean-up hitter: his son, Scott Van Slyke started in right field battng fourth in the late game. Scott was 1-for-3 with run scored and an RBI single in the first inning.

Marines All-Access:
Mariners All-Access airs on ROOT SPORTS tonight at 7 pm and 1:30 am (check your local listings). Tune in to watch highlights from today’s 18-3 win over the Giants.

Photo of the Day:
Mariners clubbie Chris Dewitt had quite the juggling act this morning when delivering shoes to players lockers.

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Mariners clubbie Chris DeWitt.

Split Squad:
today is the second of four planned split-squad days this spring. The Marinesr will also play a pair of games Monday (vs. KC and at ARI) and March 22 (at OAK and at COL).

Talking Expos:
A camera crew from TSN Canada was in camp today to interview veteran outfielder Endy Chavez, who played for the Expos from 2002-04. The crew is putting together a short documentary on the last few years of the Montreal Expos, which Chavez was a member of from 2002-04. Endy recalled his playing days at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, the long flight from Puerto Rico to Seattle in 2004 and the last season of playing baseball in Montreal. The interview will run during a special show previewing the exhibition games between the Mets and Blue Jays being played in Montreal March 28-29.

Endy Chavez talking about his playing days with the Montreal Expos.

Endy Chavez talking about his playing days with the Montreal Expos.

Mariners Podcasts:
There have been a lot of players join local and national radio programs this spring. If you want to catch up on the interviews, we have you covered via the Podcast page on this blog. Click, listen and enjoy!

Single Game Tickets on Sale:
Single-game tickets for the 2014 Seattle Mariners season are currently on sale. Highlights of the 81-game home schedule include Opening Night (Tuesday, April 8 vs. Los Angeles Angels), Beard Hat Night, Turn Back The Clock Night, Bat Night, Lou Piniella’s induction into the Mariners Hall of Fame, three postgame fireworks shows, and a host of other special events and giveaways (available at this link mariners.com/promotions). Tickets will be available without a service charge at the Safeco Field Box Office and Seattle Mariners Team Stores. They’re also available at mariners.com, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers and by phone at 1-888-SEA-HITS (service charges apply).

What’s on Tap:
After tonight’s game vs. the Dodgers, the Mariners return to Cactus League action tomorrow with a home game vs. the Texas Rangers at Peoria Stadium (1:05 pm). RH Felix Hernandez (1-0, 0.00) will make his second spring start against Rangers RH Colby Lewis (0-0, 27.00). The game will be broadcast live on 710 ESPN Seattle and Mariners.com (for subscribers).

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Mariners Game Central – March 8 vs. San Francisco Giants

03.08.14 Lineups

Spring #11: Seattle Mariners (7-3) at San Francisco Giants (6-3) | 12:05 PT/1:05 MT | Scottsdale Stadium
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Erasmo Ramirez (1-0, 1.93) vs. RHP Ryan Volgelsong (1-0, 1.80)
Radio: Radio coverage on 710 ESPN Seattle and via Mariners.com (for subscribers)
TV: Giants broadcast on Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area (check local listings) and MLB.tv
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with play-by-play data

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The Mariners also have a night game vs. the Dodgers (7:05 pm MT/6:05 pm PT), and we’ll post information on that game later in the afternoon. Here is today’s game information vs. the Giants:

Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 24

Kyle Seager taking batting practice.

Kyle Seager taking batting practice.

Friday, March 7, 2014 / 24 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 32 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)

Game Recap:
After trailing 0-8 heading into the bottom of the 5th inning, the Mariners rallied to score 3 runs in the 5th and 5 more in the bottom of the 6th inning to tie the score 8-8. Unfortunately the Mariners allowed 2 runs in the top of the 8th inning and countered with only 1 run in the bottom half of the inning in a 9-10 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Friday afternoon. [Box Score]. Justin Smoak, Jesus Montero, D.J. Peterson and Cole Gillespie each recorded two of the Mariners 13 hits, while Gillespie lead the team with 3 RBI. Peterson hit his first home run of the spring with a solo blast with 2 outs in the 6th inning. Overall in three games with the Mariners this spring, Peterson is batting .500 (3×6) with 2 runs scored, 1 home run and 2 RBI. He is currently in the Mariners minor league spring training camp, but has appeared in 3 games as minor league extra. Here is an updated look at the Mariners spring training stats. And some game action shots courtesy of the Associated Press.

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Coaching Change:
Mariners third base coach John Stearns, who has been sidelined since undergoing surgery for a hiatal hernia, has informed the club today that he is stepping down from his current position and would like to be re-assigned within the organization.

“I am not physically able to perform the role of third base coach yet, and it appears that I will not be able to perform the job until the middle of April,” Stearns said. “It is not fair to the organization, to Lloyd or to the players for me to expect to jump back in after not being able to participate in the bulk of spring training. Instead, I have asked Jack to re-assign me within the organization, and he has agreed to do so.”

After arriving in Arizona for Spring Training, Stearns suffered discomfort in his upper abdomen. A follow-up exam resulted in the diagnoses of a hiatal hernia. He underwent surgery February 24 at Arrowhead Hospital and has been out of camp since the surgery.

Rich Donnelly, a veteran of 27 seasons as a Major League coach including 14 years as a third base coach, will be promoted to the Major League staff to coach third base. Donnelly coached third base for Pittsburgh (1993-95), Florida (1997-98), Colorado (1999-2002), Milwaukee (2003-2005) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (2006 and 2007). Donnelly was hired this year by Seattle to manage their AAA club in the Pacific Coast League, the Tacoma Rainiers.

A decision on the new manager in Tacoma has not yet been made.

We want to wish Stearns a quick and healthy recovery. He will definitely be missed by the staff and all the players in the clubhouse.

Maine Men:
There was a pretty cool moment between a pair of pitchers from the state of Maine during workouts this morning. Former Mariners pitcher Jim Beattie is in Arizona scouting for the Toronto Blue Jays, and ran into current Mariners pitcher Charlie Furbush. Beattie played for the Mariners from 1980-86, and is a product of South Portland High School in Maine. Furbush attended the same high school (although a few years later) and Charlie’s Dad actually grew up three houses down from Jim. Small world. Former Mariners pitcher Bill Swift is also a product of South Portland High School and is currently the head baseball coach at Arizona Christian University. We are hoping to get a picture of all three together this spring, but for now, here is a shot of Charlie and Jim.

Charlie Furbush and Jim Beattie.

Charlie Furbush and Jim Beattie.

Welcome to Arizona Mike:
TV broadcaster Mike Blowers arrived for duty today, after arriving in Peoria on Wednesday night. Blowers called a few innings on the radio broadcast with Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith. Blowers, who is entering his eighth season as the Mariners television analyst, is a long-time fan favorite who did three tours with the Mariners (1992-95, 1997, 1999). He will be in Arizona for the remainder of Spring Training and will help on radio when we are not televising games. The Mariners will televise seven of the team’s file 17 games, starting Wednesday, March 12.

Mariners All-Access:
Mariners All-Access airs on ROOT SPORTS tonight at 9:30 pm and 12:30 am (check your local listings). Tonight’s show will feature highlights from today’s game vs. the Reds, John Buck on Lou Piniella,  a feature on the new Dominican Academy, teammates on Robinson Cano and Fernando Rodney, Dave Valle and Bill Krueger discuss the Angels rotation woes and fan Shout outs from Peoria.

Upper Deck Griffey Card:
It is hard to believe, but 25 years ago this week Upper Deck its first baseball card set in 1989 with the No. 1 card being Ken Griffey Jr. The card is one of most popular baseball cards of all-time and a staple in any collection. To commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the first Upper Deck set, Griffey talked to ESPN Mint Condition about the popularity of the card and how it all came about. Check the video out by clicking on the baseball card below.

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Single Game Tickets on Sale Tomorrow:
Single-game tickets for the 2014 Seattle Mariners season go on sale to the public at tomorrow morning at 10 am PT.  Highlights of the 81-game home schedule include Opening Night (Tuesday, April 8 vs. Los Angeles Angels), Beard Hat Night, Turn Back The Clock Night, Bat Night, Lou Piniella’s induction into the Mariners Hall of Fame, three postgame fireworks shows, and a host of other special events and giveaways (available at this link mariners.com/promotions).

Tickets will be available without a service charge at the Safeco Field Box Office and Seattle Mariners Team Stores. They’re also available at mariners.com, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers and by phone at 1-888-SEA-HITS (service charges apply).

Guests in Camp:
MLB.com National Correspondent Alyson Footer was in camp today catching up with hitting coach Howard Johnson on story that she is working on for an upcoming column. Also at the Peoria Stadium for today’s game was Yahoo! Sports national writer Jeff Passan. Jeff was chatting with Randy Wolf after his start for an upcoming project.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (7-3) return to Cactus League play tomorrow (Saturday, March 8) with a pair of games in split-squad action. In the afternoon, Seattle travels to Scottsdale to play the Giants (RH Blake Beavan vs. RH Ryan Vogelsong) and in the evening will play the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch (RH Erasmo Ramirez vs. RH Josh Beckett). The game vs. the Giants will be broadcast live on 710 ESPN Seattle, while the evening game is scheduled to run live on the MLB Network (Dodgers broadcast).

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Mariners Game Central – March 7 vs. Cincinnati

03.07.14 Lineup

Spring #10: Seattle Mariners (7-2) vs. Cincinnati Reds (3-6) | 12:05 PT/1:05 MT | Peoria Stadium
Pitching Match-Ups: LHP Randy Wolf (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Brett Marshall (1-0, 0.00)
Radio: Radio coverage on 710 ESPN Seattle and via Mariners.com (for subscribers)
TV: No TV coverage of today’s game
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with play-by-play data

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Here are today’s Game Notes, starting lineup scorecard and dress roster:

Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 23

Another Mariners win improved the Cactus League record to 7-2.

Another Mariners win improved the Cactus League record to 7-2.

Thursday, March 6, 2014 / 25 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 33 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)

Game Recap:
The Mariners scored 5 runs over the final three innings to rally to a 7-4 win over the White Sox at Camelback Ranch [Box Score]. Eight different players recorded a hit, led by two each from Jesus Montero and Cole Gillespie. The White Sox retook the lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the 6th inning for a 4-3 lead, but Seattle battled right back with three runs in the top of the 7th to take a 5-4 lead. D.J. Peterson, Cole Gillespie and Jesus Montero recorded three consecutive two-out, run-scoring singles to give the Mariners the lead. Here is an updated look at the Mariners spring training stats.

Paxton & Zunino Radio Podcasts:
Mariners catcher Mike Zunino was as a guest on the 710 ESPN Seattle morning show, while left-handed pitcher James Paxton joined Bob & Groz. You can download podcasts of both interviews, as well as many more via the Radio Podcast section of this blog.

Beaver Nation:
It was Oregon State alumni day in the Mariners dugout, the only thing missing was black and orange uniforms. The Mariners travel roster consisted of three former Beaver baseball players: Stefen Romero, Cole Gillespie and Tyler Smith. Gillespie made sure to remind the younger Beavers (Romero and Smith), that he was part of the first national championship team in 2006. And there were a lot of good Pat Casey stories to be told. And there was actually one additional connection to the Beaver baseball program, as athletic trainer Matt Toth was the trainer for the OSU program from 2005-2006.

Cole Gillespie, Stefen Romero and Tyler Smith.

Cole Gillespie, Stefen Romero and Tyler Smith.

Go Pokes!:
Continuing the college baseball theme, the game also featured a pair of Oklahoma State Cowboys. Mariners starting pitcher Scott Baker was a starting pitcher for OSU from 2001-03, earning Freshman All-America honors in 2001 and All-Big 12 in 2003. He was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the second round of the 2003 June Draft. White Sox manager Robin Ventura is perhaps the most famous product of the Oklahoma State baseball program. Ventura was the 1988 Golden Spikes Award winner, played on the gold-medal winning 1988 Olympic team and was inducted into the inaugural class of the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006. And we of course can’t forget Mariners Video Coordinator Jimmy Hartley, who received his BS in Business Marketing and MBA from Oklahoma State, and worked with the OSU baseball program.

Miller’s Main Squeeze:
If there is one thing that shortstop Brad Miller values over almost everything else…it is his mitt. He has been known to take it on the team plan and wherever else he goes to protect his Rawlings glove. In fact, since his professional debut in 2011, Miller has only had one “gamer” and says he hasn’t even thought about using a different glove, no matter if he is at second base, third base or shortstop. Miller even has a special glove box for his mitt.

Brad Miller's gamer.

Brad Miller’s gamer.

Peterson’s Helmet:
Third baseman D.J. Peterson made his second spring appearance, and delivered a RBI single in the game. Peterson was the Mariners first round draft pick (12th overall) last June, and had a great first professional season combining to bat .303 (63×206) with 13 home runs in 54 games. His had his season cut short when playing for Clinton on Aug. 22 when he was hit by a pitch on his jaw and suffered an open fracture of the left mandible, which would require two surgeries to repair. As a protective measure, Peterson wears a special helmet that protects his jaw. Here is a picture of the helmet.

The special helmet D.J. Peterson is wearing.

The special helmet D.J. Peterson is wearing.

Getting to Know James Jones:
Mariners.com beat writer Greg Johns had a nice feature story on outfielder James Jones. Jones has been impressive so far in camp and has caught the attention of manager Lloyd McClendon. Here is a link to the story.

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108 Stitches:
Logan Morrison took part in a photo shoot this morning for 108 Stitches, a clothing company that has partnered with the MLBPA to help the Jason Motte Foundation raise money to fight cancer.

Mariners All-Access:
Mariners All-Access airs on ROOT SPORTS tonight at 7 and 11 pm (check your local listings). Tonight’s show will feature highlights from today’s game vs. the White Sox, including a breakdown from Mike Blowers on how Scott Baker looked in his start. The show will also feature a tour of the new spring training facility in Peoria and Willie Bloomquist will share his memories of Lou Piniella.

There is an East Valley, right?:
Today marked the 8th day of Cactus League competition for the Mariners, and the club has yet to travel beyond the West Valley. Including today, will have played 2 games at Camelback Ranch, 2 games at Goodyear Ballpark and 5 games at Peoria Stadium. The club will finally visit the East Valley this Saturday with an afternoon game vs. the Giants in Scottsdale. The Mariners will tour 9 Cactus League stadiums this spring, including the Cubs’ new digs in Mesa.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (7-2) return to Cactus League play tomorrow (Friday, March 7) at 12:05 PT/1:05 MT vs. the Cincinnati Reds at Peoria Stadium. The game will be broadcasted live on 710 ESPN Seattle with Rick Rizzs, Aaron Goldsmith and Mike Blowers calling the action. Left-handed pitcher Randy Wolf (0-0, 0.00) is scheduled to start for the Mariners against Reds right-hander Brett Marshall (1-0, 0.00).

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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 22

Robinson Cano signs for fans prior to the game vs. the Indians.

Robinson Cano signs for fans prior to the game vs. the Indians.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 / 26 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 34 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)

Game Recap:
The Mariners scored four runs in the first inning, fueled by a leadoff home run by Abraham Almonte and a 2-run single by Nick Franklin, but couldn’t hold on for the win in a 8-5 loss to the Indians. After scoring the four runs in the first on four hits, Seattle was held hitless over the final eight innings. Starting pitcher James Paxton allowed 2 hits in 3.0 innings in his second spring start. The loss was just the Mariners (6-2) second of the spring, both coming against the Indians. Here is an updated look at the Mariners spring training stats. Here are some photos from the game taken by the Associated Press.

Seager Radio Podcast:
Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager joined Bob & Groz this afternon as a guest on 710 ESPN Seattle. Here is a link to a podcast of the interview.

Camp Cuts:
the Mariners trimmed the spring training roster to 55 players with 13 cuts this morning. Danny Hultzen (LHP) was optioned to AAA Tacoma, and Julio Morban (OF) and Anthony Fernandez (LHP) were optioned to AA Jackson. Jonathan Arias (RHP), Andrew Carraway (RHP), James Gillheeney (LHP), John Hicks (C), Stephen Kohlscheen (RHP), Gabriel Noriega (INF), Manuel Piña (C), Burt Reynolds (OF), Mark Rogers (RHP) and Chance Ruffin (RHP) were all reassigned to minor league camp.

Minor League Pitchers & Catchers:
Pitchers and catchers reported for minor league spring training today, hitting the field for bullpens at 10:45 am. Position players report for physicals next Monday, and the first full-squad minor league workout is March 11. Minor league games start March 16 vs. the Brewers affiliates.

Lights, Camera, Action:
It wasn’t the first time, and it won’t be the last, but Robinson Cano was dressed in his full white uniform at 7:50 AM this morning so that he could film a TV commercial for Major League Baseball beginning at 8:00. (John Buck helpfully pointed out to him that our game didn’t start until 1:05 today). Cano spent 45 minutes being the sole object of attention in front of a crew of 30+, representing MLB, the production company and creative group. Robinson already shot his Mariners commercial (look for it soon!) and has been a good sport throughout the spring with the many requests that have come his way. The MLB spot should begin to appear early in the season.

Robinson Cano filming a commercial for MLB.

Robinson Cano filming a commercial for MLB.

Mr. Popular:
In addition to filming with MLB today, Robinson did a radio interview with Chris “Mad Dog” Russo of Sirius X-M and did a one-on-one with a reporter from Japan all before hitting the field at 9:15. Post-workout and pre-game, he sat for a 1-on-1 with Telemundo TV. As we’ve said before, he is Mr. Popular this spring.

Donnelly and Racquetball:
Rich Donnelly
has been in charge of a lot of the organization of spring training, and of late has been filling in as the third base coach. A little known fact about Rich is that he is a world-class racquetball player. Donnelly mentioned that the 2014 National Masters Racquetball Association National Championship Tournament starts today down in Tucson, and he wishes he could compete (and hopefully win). He has been playing down here a few times, and recently played a former Arizona State racquetball champion, and beat him easily. Rich has a lot of fun stories to tell about his racquetball hobby!

Rich Donnelly was on the cover of Racquetball Magazine.

Rich Donnelly was on the cover of Racquetball Magazine.

Mariners All-Access:
Mariners All-Access airs on ROOT SPORTS tonight starting at 6:30 and 10 pm (check your local listings). Tonight’s show will feature highlights from today’s game vs. the Indians, a segment looking at Dustin Ackley’s first spring in the outfield, a tour of the new academy in the Dominican Republic and a camp update from Aaron Goldsmith and Shannon Drayer.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (6-2) return to Cactus League play tomorrow (Thursday, March 6) at 12:05 PT/1:05 MT vs. the Chicago White Sox at Camelback Ranch. The game will be broadcasted via Mariners.com (free of charge). Right-handed pitcher Scott Baker (1-0, 0.00) is scheduled to start for the Mariners against White Sox left-hander John Danks.

Radio Update:
Due to a conflict on ESPN 710 Seattle, tomorrow’s (March 6) game will only be available on-line. Check in with Rick and Aaron on Mariners.com beginning at 12:05 (PT)/1:05 (MT) tomorrow as Seattle visits the White Sox.

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Mariners Game Central – March 5 vs. Cleveland

03.05.14 Lineup

Spring #8: Seattle Mariners (6-1) vs. Cleveland Indians (5-1) | 12:05 PT/1:05 MT | Peoria Stadium
Pitching Match-Ups: LHP James Paxton (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Travis Banwart (0-0, 0.00)
Radio: Radio coverage will be delayed on 710 ESPN Seattle at 7 pm tonight…will be carried live via Mariners.com (free)
TV: No TV coverage of today’s game vs. the Indians
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with play-by-play data

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