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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 43

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 / 6 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 13 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)

Game Recap vs. Kansas City Royals

Seattle used a 14-hit attack to back up Felix Hernandez and cruise past the Kansas City Royals 9-6 in Cactus League action in front of 8,296 fans at Surprise Stadium.

Hernandez completed his final start of the spring by tossing 5.0 innings while striking out six. After giving up two runs in the first inning, he settled down to retire the next ten batters. Hernandez will start on Opening Night on Monday against the Angels in Anaheim.

The Mariners offense gave Felix all of the support that he needed by scoring nine runs in the first four innings including a six-run third frame. After Mike Zunino tied the game with a solo home run in the second inning, the third inning featured a leadoff double by Brad Miller, a two-run home run by Stefen Romero and RBI hits by Dustin Ackley, Zunino and Abraham Almonte to build an 8-2 advantage. Seattle capped its scoring on an RBI single by Romero in the fourth inning.

Romero finished the game 3-for-4 with a run scored, a home run and three RBI and on the spring is hitting .296 (16×54) with 10 runs, 3 doubles, 2 triples, four home runs and 13 RBI in 21 games after starting the spring 0-for-his-first-16.

Miller continued his hot hitting by going 3-for-4 with two runs and two doubles. On the spring he is hitting 436 (24×55) with 17 runs, 6 doubles, 4 triples, 4 home runs and 10 RBI in 18 games. First baseman Justin Smoak recorded his third straight multi-hit game and has quietly put together a solid spring with a .310 (18×58) batting average, a .382 on-base percentage and a .517 slugging percentage.

Reliever Dominic Leone allowed a single run in the sixth before Yoervis Medina (7th), Carson Smith (8th) each tossed scoreless innings. Ramon Ramirez allowed two runs in the ninth before closing out the game for Seattle.

Video Highlights

Mike Zunino Solo Home Run

Stefen Romero Two-Run Home Run
Justin Smoak Opens Scoring With RBI Single

 

Felix Hernandez Final Tune-Up

Felix's next start will be on Opening Night in Anaheim.

Felix’s next start will be on Opening Night in Anaheim.

A sign that the season is quickly approaching arrived today as Felix Hernandez took the mound for his final start of the spring. Felix’s next scheduled start will be on Opening Night on Monday in Anaheim against the Angels. Felix is ready. Are you?

Quick! Turn On Your TV!

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If you’re reading this soon after it was posted, turn on MLB Network (at 8 pm PST) to watched a delayed airing of tonight’s Mariners game against the Kansas City Royals. As an added bonus, Felix Hernandez started the game.

On The Back Fields

Brandon Maurer got his work in during the minor league game.

Brandon Maurer got his work in during the minor league game.

Several pitchers saw work in minor leagues games this afternoon…RH Taijuan Walker threw the equivalent of 3.0 innings, throwing 48 pitches (36 strikes), LH Joe Beimel (13 pitches), RH Brandon Maurer (19 pitches), RH Fernando Rodney (2.0 IP, 25 pitches) and RH Stephen Pryor (17 pitches) all saw action. The outings drew a large crowd of fans, players, scouts and staff to field six.

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High School Reunion

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Some familiar faces showed up to field six to watch Taijuan Walker throw in a minor league game this afternoon. Taijuan’s old high school baseball program is in Arizona for a tournament and decided to stop by to say hi. After he was done pitching, he spent 20 minutes talking to the coaches, players and families and then took pictures for everyone that wanted one. I bet they’re proud.

Birthday Boys

Birthday

Catcher Mike Zunino (23) and catching coordinator Dan Wilson (45) celebrated birthdays today. Assistant Athletic Trainer Rob Nodine (49) celebrates a birthday
tomorrow.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (16-10-3) will play a day game on Wednesday against the Texas Rangers at Surprise Stadium. You can hear all the action on a delayed basis on 710 ESPN Seattle with Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith calling the action. Right-hander Erasmo Ramirez is scheduled to start for the Mariners vs. Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis.

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).

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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 42

Monday, March 24, 2014 / 7 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 14 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)

Game Recap vs. White Sox:

Despite a 2-for-4 game with 4 RBI from second baseman Robinson Cano, the Mariners dropped a 7-6 decision to the Chicago White Sox Monday afternoon in Cactus League play at Peoria Stadium.

The Mariners dropped to 16-10-3 with the loss, and have four spring training games remaining before the start of the 2014 regular season March 31 at the Los Angeles Angels.

Cano finished 2-for-4, including a three-run double in the bottom of the 7th inning. In 15 Cactus League games, Cano is batting .465 (20×43) with 4 doubles and 13 RBI. Dustin Ackley went 1-for-3 with a double and RBI.

Blake Beavan (2-2) suffered the loss allowing 7 hits and 7 runs in 5.1 innings, and allowed a pair of home runs. Relievers Tom Wilhelmsen (1.2 IP, H, 2 K), Charlie Furbush (1.1 IP, 4 K) and Danny Farquhar (0.2 IP, H, K) did not allow a run over the final 3.2 innings.

The White Sox did most of their damage in a five-run second inning. Second baseman Marcus Semien hit a three-run home run off Beavan. Designated hitter Paul Konerko also hit a two-run home run off Beavan in the 6th inning. White Sox starter Erik Johnson (1-1) earned the win allowing 4 hits and 3 runs in 6.0 innings.

 

Hisashi Iwakuma Played Catch…With A Baseball

Media gathers to watch Hisashi Iwakuma play catch.

Media gathers to watch Hisashi Iwakuma play catch.

It doesn’t sound that exciting but Hisashi Iwakuma continues to make progress from a finger injury and today he played catch with the rest of the Mariners pitchers. A healthy crowd of Japanese and American media, roughly 15 strong, went out to field six on the Mariners side of the Peoria Sports Complex and watched Hisashi make 43 throws to interpreter Antony Suzuki. He told MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez that, “It’s getting better day by day,” he said. “I don’t have that range of motion yet and I don’t know how long it will take, but it’s getting there. It’s a slow progression.”

 

Baseball Tonight’s Top 10

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Recently, Baseball Tonight rated Robinson Cano as the top second baseman in baseball and Felix Hernandez as the top right-handed pitcher in baseball. Using a 0-to-100 scale, they evaluated the players based only on how well they will perform in 2014.

Top 5

Autograph Alley
Want to meet the Mariners and get an autograph? We’ve written in before and we’ll write it again. Spring Training is the easiest place to get up close and personal with your favorite players since they walk through public areas to get from the fields to the clubhouse. Come check it out and say hello.

Autograph Alley 

Video Highlights:

Robinson Cano 3-Run Double (7th inning)

 

Dustin Ackley RBI Double (2nd inning)

 

Photo of the Day

Robinson Cano takes some swings in the cage before the game.

Robinson Cano takes some swings in the cage before the game.

 

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (16-9-3) will play a night game on Tuesday against the Kansas City Royals at Surprise Stadium. You can hear all the action on 710 ESPN Seattle with Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith calling the action. The game will also be televised by MLB Network on a two hour delay starting at 8 pm PST. Right-hander Felix Hernandez is scheduled to start for the Mariners vs. Royals left-hander Bruce Chen.

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).

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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 41

Sunday, March 23, 2014 / 8 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 16 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)

Game Recap vs. Athletics:
Outfield Berm

 Stefen Romero hit a walk-off three-run home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to lead the Mariners to a 6-4 win over the Oakland Athletics Sunday afternoon in Cactus League play.

Seattle trailed 4-2 entering its last at-bat before staging the comeback win. Tyler Smith started the rally with a leadoff single and moved to third on a single by Justin Smoak. Kyle Seager followed with a double off the right field wall to cut the lead to 4-3 and Romero then deposited a 2-2 pitch onto the left field berm for his third spring homer.

The Mariners snapped a three-game losing streak to improve to 16-9-3 in Cactus League play with five games remaining before the start of the 2014 regular season March 31 at Los Angeles Angels.

The Athletics hit three home runs to account for all their scoring in the loss, with Josh Donaldson (2-run HR, 4th inning), Derek Norris (solo HR, 6th inning) and Yoenis Céspedes (solo HR, 8th inning) all hitting longballs.

The A’s struck first with two runs in the top of the 4th inning, with third baseman Josh Donaldson hitting a 2-run home run off Mariners starter Randy Wolf. Wolf cruised through the first three innings allowing only one hit, but gave up a pair of walks and the home run in the 4th inning.

After being held hitless for the first 4.2 innings, Logan Morrison doubled off A’s starter Josh Lindblom with two outs in the 5th inning. Dustin Ackley followed with a 2-run home run to left field to tie the game 2-2, his second spring homer.

Norris broke the 2-2 tie with a solo home run in the 6th inning and Céspedes extended the lead with a solo home run off Yoervis Medina in the top of the 8th inning.

Wolf recorded a no-decision allowing 6 hits and 3 runs in 6.0 innings. Fernando Rodney worked a scoreless 7th inning and Lucas Luetge (2-0) earned the win with a perfect top half of the 9th inning (2 strikeouts).

Minor League Awards:

Mariners minor league players during a presentation for the players of the year this morning.

Mariners minor league players during a presentation for the players of the year this morning.

This morning in the multi-purpose room the minor leaguers held an awards ceremony for the 2013 season. Field Coordinator Jack Howell introduced the players and gave them their awards, and General Manager Jack Zduriencik and Manager Lloyd McClendon also spoke to the large group of minor leaguers. In addition to the below award winners, Abraham Almonte and Carlos Triunfel were given a plaque recognizing hitting for the cyle, and Victor Sanchez was given a framed picture and scorecard from his no-hitter for Clinton July 17 vs. Lansing. Here are the awards winners:

  • Tacoma: Abe Almonte (position player), Logan Bawcom (co-pitcher), Taijuan Walker (co-pitcher)
  • Jackson: James Jones and Roenis Elias
  • High Desert: Jamal Austin and David Colvin
  • Clinton: Dario Pizzano, Victor Sanchez (co-pitcher), and Tyler Pike (co-pitcher)
  • Everett: D.J. Peterson and Lars Huijer
  • Pulaski: Tyler Smith and Edwin Diaz
  • AZL: Luis Caballero and Jeffeson Medina
  • DSL: Ismael Alcantara and Yeuri Gonzalez
  • VSL: Yordi Calderon and Kevin Gadea
  • John Ellis Award: Nate Tenbrink
Victor Sanchez received this framed piece to commemorate his no-hitter last season.

Victor Sanchez received this framed piece to commemorate his no-hitter last season.

Boone Back in Peoria:
Former Mariners second baseman Bret Boone was back in Peoria today, but in a different set of colors. Boone is a guest instructor for the A’s, and since Oakland was split-squad today, Boone made the trip to Peoria to be the first base coach. Always great to see The Boone back in Peoria.

Video Highlights:

Stefen Romero Walk-Off Three-Run Home Run (9th inning)

Dustin Ackley Two-Run Home Run (5th inning)

Logan Morrison Double (5th inning)

Fernando Rodney Strikes Out Nick Punto (7th inning)

The Video Cave

Mariners video coordinator Jimmy Hartley logs games from center field during Spring Training.

Mariners video coordinator Jimmy Hartley logs games from center field during Spring Training.

As you may know, the players use video to help scout opponents, dissect their own swings and along with scouting reports, generally get a handle on what they will need to know to be successful during the season. During Spring Training, Mariners video coordinator Jimmy Hartley uses four cameras at Peoria Stadium to cover all the needed angles and sits in a room in the center field backdrop to log the games. If you haven’t already seen it, check out Evening Magazine’s feature on Jimmy’s role in the instant replay challenges this season.

Jimmy Hartley lets the coaching staff know whether to challenge or not.

Jimmy Hartley lets the coaching staff know whether to challenge or not.

Fired Up For First Pitch:
One of the extra players from minor league camp was pretty fired up this afternoon when he was asked to catch the ceremonial first pitch. Right-handed pitcher Stephen Shackleford jumped at the opportunity saying he has wanted to be asked to catch the first pitch all spring. Stephen, who pitched last season at High Desert and Jackson, even said he would trade one of his teammates a pair of shoes for a catcher’s mitt. You can follow Stephen on twitter via @Sshack17.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (15-9-3) will play a day game on Monday against the Chicago White Sox at Peoria Stadium. You can hear all the action on a tape delay basis on 710 ESPN Seattle with Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith calling the action. The game will also be televised by MLB Network. Right-hander Blake Beavan is scheduled to start for the Mariners vs. White Sox right-hander Erik Johnson.

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).

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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 37

Tuesday, March 20, 2014 / 11 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 19 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)

Game Recap vs. the Cubs:

Led by 6.0 scoreless innings from starting pitcher Erasmo Ramirez, four pitchers combined to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 3-0 shutout victory over the Chicago Cubs Thursday afternoon in front of a Cactus League record crowd of 15,243 at Cubs Park.

The Mariners improved to 15-6-3 with the win, including going 10-1-2 on the road. The Mariners and Cleveland Indians (off today) are the only teams to record 15 wins in spring training play.

Ramirez (3-0) scattered four hits in 6.0 scoreless innings. The right-hander struck out four and did not walk a batter to lower his Cactus League ERA to 0.96 (2 ER, 18.2 IP). Left-hander Joe Beimel (1.0 IP, K), right-hander Fernando Rodney (1.0 IP, BB, 2 K) and right-hander Yoervis Medina (1.0 IP) secured the win with 3.0 hitless innings. Medina secured his second save with a 1-2-3 9th inning.

Left fielder Dustin Ackley went 3-for-4 with a double, and is now batting .457 (21×46) in Cactus League play. Robinson Cano added a pair of hits (2×3, BB) to extend his hitting streak to 8 games. Cano has recorded a hit in 10 of 11 games played, and is now batting .567 (17×30).

Seattle jumped out to a 2-0 lead with sacrifice flies from Kyle Seager (5th inning) and John Buck (6th inning). The first run came into score after Abraham Almonte singled, stole second base and moved to third on a wild pitch. Seager lifted a fly ball to left field to score Almonte. The Mariners loaded the bases in the 6th inning on a single by Corey Hart, double by Ackley and walk to Nick Franklin, before Buck flew out to deep center field to extend the lead to 2-0.

The Mariners added an insurance run in the 9th inning on a run-scoring groundout by Endy Chavez.

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New Digs in Mesa:
The Mariners played their first game at Cubs Park in Mesa. It is a really nice facility, located right on the Mesa/Tempe border where the loop 101 and loop 202 intersect, on the site of the old Riverview Golf Course. There were several nice features, including the outfield berm seating and food trucks in right-center field.

Getting Some Work In
Felix Hernandez pitched in a minor league game against the Milwaukee Brewers High-A team on field six at the Peoria Sports Complex and finished with a line of 7.0 innings, five hits, three runs, two earned runs, six strikeouts and a wild pitch while throwing 82 pitches, with 62 of those being strikes. Afterwards, he told the Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish and 710 ESPN’s Shannon Drayer that he will throw 100 pitches in his final outing before Opening Day. Mike Zunino caught Felix in that game and finished 2-for-2 with a run scored, a double and a walk in his seven innings. Charlie Furbush and Lucas Luetge each tossed a scoreless frame against the Brewers Low-A club.

Felix Hernandez prepares to pitch in a minor league game this afternoon.

Felix Hernandez prepares to pitch in a minor league game this afternoon.

Mariners Replay on MLB Network Tonight
Today’s game against the Chicago Cubs this afternoon will be aired on a delay basis on MLB Network at 10 pm PST tonight. Be sure to check out Erasmo Ramirez’s strong performance as his makes his pitch to join the rotation for the start of the season.

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Jeremy Reed Sighting
A voice shouted over at Jay Buhner from across the field before the Mariners High-A game against the Brewers this afternoon. As Jay walked over, he noticed it was none other than former Mariners outfielder Jeremy Reed who is now a minor league hitting coordinator for Milwaukee. Reed spent some time chatting with Buhner and his former manager with the Rainiers Daren Brown. Reed spent parts of five seasons at the big league level with Seattle (2004-08), appearing in 336 games.

Former Mariners outfielder Jeremy Reed chats with Daren Brown.

Former Mariners outfielder Jeremy Reed chats with Daren Brown.

Autographs For All
Mariners great Jay Buhner didn’t disappoint when fans approached him for autographs before a minor league game this afternoon. Jay took the time to accommodate every autograph and picture request and every fan came away happy.

Jay Buhner surprised fans at a minor league game and signed autographs for all who asked.

Jay Buhner surprised fans at a minor league game and signed autographs for all who asked.

Video Highlights:

Kyle Seager Sac Fly (5th inning)

John Buck Sac Fly (6th inning)

Mariners Turn Wild Double Play (3rd inning)

Medina Nails Down Win with Second Save

Mariners Radio Podcasts
First baseman Logan Morrison joined the Brock and Danny Show on 710 ESPN Seattle this morning to chat about getting ready for the season and you can listen to the podcast by clicking here. If you miss any of these interviews, check out our podcasts on the side of this blog to catch up.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (14-6-3) will play a night game on Friday against the San Diego Padres at Peoria Stadium. You can hear all the action on 710 ESPN Seattle with Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith calling the action and watch the game on ROOT SPORTS Northwest starting at 7 pm. Left-hander James Paxton is scheduled to start for the Mariners vs. Padres right-hander Ian Kennedy.

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).

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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 35

Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 35:

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 / 13 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 21 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)

Game Recap vs. the Padres:

Justin Smoak, Kyle Seager and Brad Miller prepare to take the field.

Justin Smoak, Kyle Seager and Brad Miller prepare to take the field.

Brad Miller went 3-for-4 and fell a triple short of hitting for the cycle as the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres played to a 5-5 tie Tuesday evening in Cactus League play at Peoria Stadium.

The Mariners are 14-5-3 in Cactus League play, with a little under two weeks remaining until the start of the regular season March 31 at Los Angeles Angels.

Miller, who started at second base for the first time this spring, hit a solo home run in the 3rd inning, singled in the 7th and doubled in the 8th inning. He is batting .412 (14×34) with 11 runs scored, 7 extra-base hits (2B – 1, 3B – 2, HR – 4) and 8 RBI in 12 Cactus League games.

Starting pitcher Randy Wolf tossed 4.0 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits and 2 walks, to go with 3 strikeouts. Left-hander Charlie Furbush worked a perfect 5th inning with one strikeout.

The Mariners took the early lead on a Miller solo home run in the bottom of the 3rd inning. The solo blast was Miller’s team-leading 4th home run of the spring (tied for 2nd-most in the Cactus League).

San Diego took a 2-1 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the 6th inning. Jedd Gyorko drove in a run with a double down the left field line and the go-ahead run came into score on a passed ball.

After Seattle evened the score in the 7th inning on a Justin Smoak sacrifice fly, the Padres retook a 4-2 lead with a pair of runs (1 ER) off closer Fernando Rodney.

The Mariners took a 5-4 lead with a wild three-run 8th inning. Endy Chavez and Willie Bloomquist recorded two-out, RBI singles, and Bloomquist came around to score when he advance to second on the throw and scored on a throwing error by Padres catcher Austin Hedges.

San Diego tied the game with a run off Dominic Leone in the 9th inning to secure the Mariners third tie of the spring.

Doesn’t Matter Where He Plays, He Just Hits
Brad Miller made his first start of the spring at second base tonight, as Nick Franklin got the start at shortstop. The position shift didn’t seem to phase Brad: he was 3-for-4 with a LONG solo homer to give Seattle an early lead and a double. The home run was Brad’s fourth of the spring, placing him among the Cactus League leaders.

Brad Miller got his first start of the spring at second base tonight.

Brad Miller got his first start of the spring at second base tonight.

And Then There Were 39…
One roster move today, as outfielder Cole Gillespie was re-assigned to minor league camp. The move left Seattle with 39 players in camp, 29 roster players and 10 non-roster invitees.

Guests In Camp
We had an influx of national media arrive in Mariners camp this afternoon, well, a trio at least. Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal, USA Today’s Paul White and Bob Nightengale made the rounds today, speaking with GM Jack Zduriencik, Manager Lloyd McClendon as well as multiple players about the upcoming season. Be on the lookout for their reports from camp and we’ll post things as we see them.

Pryor Throws Live BP:
RHP Stephen Pryor threw a round of live batting practice today, and said he felt great. Pryor is working his way back from a torn lat muscle that forced him to miss most of last season. He said he threw 35 pitches, with zero limitations. Pitching coach Rick Waits caught up with us today and said he looked great on the mound, and hopes to get him in some type of game action this weekend.

Walker Takes Mound Again Tomorrow:
Manager Lloyd McClendon said RHP Taijuan Walker will throw another bullpen tomorrow, scheduled for around 50 pitches. McClendon said Walker has been feeling great after his last few throwing sessions, and will work in some breaking pitches tomorrow.

Brackets, Get Your Brackets
With the NCAA tournament about to get started, and tons of people (players, staff, media) in camp, there is a lot of talk going around about the tournament, who is going to advance and who is going to get upset in the Big Dance. We’ll go around tomorrow and ask the guys who their favorites are but we have a feeling where some of their allegiances may lie as is the case with Kyle Seager and Dustin Ackley.

Look Ma, I’m On TV!
With the Mariners game being on television tonight, viewers got a chance to see two of their favorite players interviewed during the game against the Padres. After playing the first half of the game and getting in some at-bats, Justin Smoak and Mike Zunino threw on the headset and spent a few minutes chatting with the ROOT SPORTS Northwest gang.

Justin Smoak (r) and Mike Zunino (l) took time to check in with the ROOT Sports broadcast.

Justin Smoak (L) and Mike Zunino (R) took time to check in with the ROOT Sports broadcast.

Mariners Radio Podcasts
Shortstop Brad Miller joined Wyman, Mike and Moore this afternoon on ESPN 710 Seattle and you can listen to the podcast by clicking here. Also, be sure to tune in to KJR 950 at 8 am Wednesday morning as left fielder Dustin Ackley joins the Mitch in the Morning show to talk about getting ready for the season. If you miss it, check out our podcasts on the side of this blog to catch up.

Too Bad it’s not July 7th
First pitch for tonight’s game came at 7:07 pm. The game-time temperature was 77 degrees.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (14-5-3) will play a day game on Wednesday against the Milwaukee Brewers at Peoria Stadium. You can hear all the action on 710 ESPN Seattle with Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith calling the action. Right-hander Blake Beavan is scheduled to start for the Mariners vs. Brewers right-hander Wily Peralta.

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).

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Mariners Game Central – March 18

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Spring #21: Seattle Mariners (14-5-2) vs. San Diego Padres (6-11-3) | 7:05 pm | Peoria Stadium
Pitching Match-Ups: LHP Randy Wolf (0-0, 6.00) vs. RHP Josh Johnson (0-1, 4.00)
Radio: Live Radio coverage on 710 ESPN Seattle and via Mariners.com (for subscribers)
TV: ROOT SPORTS NW and MLB.tv.
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with play-by-play data

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Alvin Davis Honored By Arizona State Baseball

Alvin Davis was honored this past weekend for his contributions to the ASU Baseball program.

Alvin Davis was honored this past weekend for his contributions to the ASU Baseball program.

Mr. Mariner & Arizona State University Sports Hall of Famer Alvin Davis, along with Bert Martinez and 1995 NLCS MVP Mike Devereaux were honored this past weekend as part of the baseball programs celebration of the 1980′s at Packard Stadium. 

Davis, Devereaux, Martinez Headline 1980s Weekend

“The 1980s was an incredible era in Sun Devil Baseball and one that I am very proud to have been a part of, but even more so one that I am proud to be able to recognize this weekend,” says head coach Tim Esmay, who played for the Devils from 1986-87. “This group made five trips to the College World Series, helped usher our program from the Western Athletic Conference into the Pac-10 Conference and won more than 450 games. And on an individual level, there were two National Players of the Year, more than 15 All-Americans, and some of the greatest to ever wear the Maroon and Gold.”

Davis (1979-82), who had his No. 9 honored by ASU in 2006 and was inducted into the ASU Sports Hall of Fame in 1987, knocked in 200 runs and hit .362 in his four-year career with the Devils. He earned First-Team All-Conference honors in each of the three seasons he started at ASU, including one at designated hitter and two at first base, and was the starting first baseman on the 1981 National Championship team. He was named the 1982 Pac-10 Player of the Year, as well as a Second-Team All-American and Academic All-American.

Davis was a sixth-round pick of the Seattle Mariners in the 1982 MLB Draft and went on to win the 1984 American League Rookie of the Year Award. He played nine seasons in the Majors and was an All-Star in 1984.

Click here to check out the video of the pre-game ceremony: Tip Your Cap To The 80′s

Tonight’s Mariners Mondays Episode – Great Comebacks

2014 Mariners Mondays - Ep 11There was no game today, but you can still get your baseball fix by tuning in to tonight’s Mariners Mondays episode on ROOT SPORTS. Tonight, we’ll look at five great comebacks from the 2013 season. Here’s a quick look at the games being played on the show (click the link for a recap of each game):

June 5 vs. White Sox

June 28 vs. Cubs

August 7 vs. Blue Jays

September 4 vs. Royals

September 6 vs. Rays

Mariners Mondays airs tonight, March 17, at 7:30 pm, right after Mariners All Access. Mariners Mondays episodes air weekly on ROOT SPORTS during Spring Training, building to the March 31 season opener against the Los Angeles Angels.

Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 32

Saturday, March 15, 2014 / 16 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 24 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)

Game Recap vs. the Giants:
 The Seattle Mariners let an early lead get away and dropped a 13-6 decision to the San Francisco Giants in Cactus League action Saturday in front of a sold-out crowd of 11,777 at Peoria Stadium.

Seattle battled back from an early 3-0 deficit to take a 5-3 lead after four innings, but then a combination of four errors, windy conditions and a very bright sun led to a series of events that allowed the Giants to outscore Seattle 10-1 over the final five frames.

Starter James Paxton allowed six hits in 4.0 innings but limited the damage to just two unearned runs while striking out four batters. In four starts, he has posted a 2.08 ERA (3 ER, 13.0 IP) this spring.

Abraham Almonte (2×3, 2 R, HR, RBI) and Justin Smoak (2×4, R) were the only Mariners to collect multi-hit games but nine different Mariners collected at least one hit. Seattle used 25 players in the game including seven pitchers.

Only relievers Ramon Ramirez (0.2 IP) and Jonathan Arias (1.2 IP) had scoreless outings in the game.

Closer Fernando Rodney entered the game in the 5th inning but was ejected by umpire Adam Hamari for arguing balls and strikes after retiring just one batter and allowing three runs on two hits. It was the first time that Rodney had been ejected at any level.

Seattle took on the Giants this afternoon at Peoria Stadium.

Seattle took on the Giants this afternoon at Peoria Stadium.

Roenis Elias Getting Closer Look
A guy who entered came a bit under the radar has been opening some eyes this spring and that could lead to him making the Opening Day roster. Manager Lloyd McClendon had some nice things to say about young Cuban left-hander Roenis Elias. “Left-hander, 91-94, he throws strikes, has quality stuff, he competes, holds runners. He’s been interesting.”  Elias finished 6-11 with a 3.18 ERA at Double-A Jackson in 2013. He’ll be stretched out in his start tomorrow against the Angels and will be looking to build up to 75 pitches and possibly thrust himself into the starting rotation mix.

Roenis Elias has been impressing the coaching staff.

Roenis Elias has been impressing the coaching staff.

Running Like The Wolf
Left-hander Randy Wolf was spotted running sprints in the outfield this morning…by himself. He might be a veteran, but he still puts in the time to get better. If you’re wondering why the picture is so blurry…let’s just say that Randy was running REALLY FAST!

Randy Wolf runs too fast to be in focus!

Randy Wolf runs too fast to be in focus!

MLB Network Radio
Former MLB General Manager Jim Bowden and Casey Stern were in camp with MLB Network Radio this morning talking to various players at the complex. Shortstop Nick Franklin was one of those who took the time to chat with the radio duo about spring training and the upcoming season.

Nick Franklin chatting with Jim Bowden and Casey Stern.

Nick Franklin chatting with Jim Bowden and Casey Stern.

OH DANNY BOY
If you’re looking to win a bet at the ballpark this season, feel free to challenge your seat mate to identify Danny Farquhar‘s family heritage. The name “Farquhar” is actually Scottish, dating back over 1,000 years. Farquhar is derived from the Gaelic MacFhearchair which means “son of Farquhar” and “Farquhar” is derived from the Gaelic word Fearchar which means “very dear one”. So the name Farquhar means “son of the very dear one”. In Danny’s case, his mother is Venezuelan (his first language was Spanish) so he’s Scottish/Venezuelan.

The Farquhar family crest.

The Farquhar family crest.

From The Trainer’s Room
Right-hander Brandon Maurer has been sidelined with a stick back lately and he’ll be out for another 6-7 days according to Manager Lloyd McClendon.

Well, That Escalated Quickly
Fernando Rodney
entered the game in the fifth inning but didn’t quite make it through the inning. With one out in the frame, Fernando was tossed from the game by Adam Hamari for arguing balls and strikes. Fernando told the media that it is the first time he has ever been ejected at any level.

Tacoma Rainiers Management
Members of the Tacoma Rainiers (staff & management) were in town to tour the facility and get a look at some of the players who could be joining their team next month. They checked out the minor league side and then headed over to catch the Mariners game against the Giants. The Triple-A team squared off against the Double-A squad today and they will both start their spring schedule against the Brewers minor league squads tomorrow.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (13-4-2) will play a day game tomorrow afternoon against the Los Angeles Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium. You can hear all the action on 710 ESPN Seattle with Rick Rizzs, Mike Blowers and Dave Sims calling the action. Left-hander Roenis Elias is scheduled to start for the Mariners vs. Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson.

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).

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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 31

Friday, March 14, 2014 / 17 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 25 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)

Game Recap vs. the Rockies:
The Seattle Mariners got strong pitching from Felix Hernandez and the rest of the staff but settled for a 2-2 tie against the Colorado Rockies in Cactus League action Friday in front of a sold-out crowd of 12,063 at Salt River Fields.

Starter Felix Hernandez tossed 4.0 innings, allowing just two hits and an unearned run while striking out two against the Rockies. He faced the minimum in the first, third and fourth innings and allowed the unearned run in the second frame. His four innings pitched are a personal spring high for Hernandez after tossing 2.0 and 2.1 innings in his first two starts.

Right fielder Stefen Romero got the Mariners on the board early with a solo home run in the first inning, his second of the spring. Romero is hitting .474 (9×19) with two doubles, two triples, two home runs and four RBI after starting the season the season 0-for-16.

After the Rockies tied the game in the second frame, Abraham Almonte gave the Mariners the lead again with a sacrifice fly that scored Brad Miller who had tripled to start the inning.

Shorstop Brad Miller finished the game 2-for-2 with a run scored, a triple and a walk and is now hitting .407 (11×27) with eight runs, two triples, three home runs and seven RBI this spring.

Erasmo Ramirez relieved Hernandez and tossed 4.0 innings of his own, allowing just a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning that tied the game. Relievers Carson Smith (9th) and Dominic Leone (10th) each tossed scoreless frames to keep the game deadlocked at two.

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The Mariners visited the Rockies tonight at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

The Mariners visited the Rockies tonight at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

Hey, Doc! Can I Play Now?
Starter Hisashi Iwakuma continued with the towel drill this afternoon and as of right now is scheduled to see the doctor early next week to see if he can resume throwing. We’re looking forward to having Hisashi get back in the swing of things.

Hisashi Iwakuma going through his towel drills.

Hisashi Iwakuma going through his towel drills.

Pryor Progressing
Right-hander Stephen Pryor keeps progressing as he rehabs from his injury and he threw to live batters today. He threw 25 pitches, using his full arsenal (curveball, slider, changeup) while facing outfielders Endy Chavez and Cole Gillespie. Pitching coach Rick Waits said he “looked great and better than last time.” As of now, Pryor is scheduled to throw again on Tuesday.

Stephen Pryor is progressing from his injury and will likely throw again on Tuesday.

Stephen Pryor is progressing from his injury and will likely throw again on Tuesday.

Roster Moves
The Mariners trimmed their roster to 40 players this afternoon by moving four players to the minor league side. First baseman Jesus Montero and outfielders Xavier Avery and James Jones were optioned to Triple-A, while shortstop Chris Taylor was reassigned to minor league camp. Of the 40 players left in Major League camp, 23 are pitchers (8 non-roster), 3 catchers (1 non-roster), 7 infielders (0 non-roster) and 7 outfielders (1 non-roster).

Mariners Toss No-Hitter (30 Years Ago Today)
An interesting note we stumbled upon today was that it is the 30th anniversary of the only no-hitter in Mariners exhibition history. On March 14, 1984, Mark Langston (4.0 IP), Bob Babcock (2.0 IP), Lee Guetterman (2.0 IP) and Dave Beard (1.0 IP) combined to no-hit the Oakland Athletics.

Mark Langston was part of a Spring Training no-hitter on March 14, 1984.

Mark Langston was part of a Spring Training no-hitter on March 14, 1984.

Minor League Intrasquad
The Mariners minor league camp played intrasquad games today before beginning the Spring Training schedule on Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Triple-A team squared off with the Double-A squad and High-A against Class A. As for results? We’ll have to get back to you on that.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (13-4-1) will play a day game tomorrow afternoon against the San Francisco Giants at Peoria Stadium. You can hear all the action on 710 ESPN Seattle with Rick Rizzs, Mike Blowers and Dave Sims calling the action. Left-hander James Paxton is scheduled to start for the Mariners vs. Giants right-hander Edwin Escobar.

TV Time:
Lots to see on TV the next couple of days. Saturday’s game vs. the San Francisco Giants will be a ROOT SPORTS NW telecast as well as Tuesday against the San Diego Padres, with Dave Sims and Mike Blowers on the call.

Mariners Podcasts:
Players continue to make the rounds on the local and national radio programs this spring, so keep an eye out for podcasts featuring Mike Zunino on with Steve Sandmeyer today and the Wyman, Mike and Moore Show to catch Blake Beavan. Once those interviews are up, we’ll post links to them on 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).

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