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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 30

Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 30:

Thursday, March 13, 2014 / 18 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 26 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)

Game Recap vs. the Diamondbacks:
The Seattle Mariners defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-3 in Cactus League action Thursday in front of a sold-out crowd of 12,611 at Salt River Fields.

Starting pitcher Blake Beavan set the tone for the game, working 4.2 innings and allowing just 1 run while scattering 5 hits and striking out 4. His only run allowed came in the fourth inning when, working with a 4-0 lead, he allowed a leadoff double that came around to score on a pair of outs. Beavan improved to 2-0 this spring, and lowered his earned run average to 2.13.

Second baseman Robinson Cano was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs batted in. He is now batting .609 this spring (14-for-23). Logan Morrison, playing first base today, was also 2-for-4 and slugged his first home run of the spring to boost Seattle’s lead to 5-1 in the fifth inning.

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Taijuan Feels Good:
Taijuan Walker threw a 25-pitch bullpen session this morning, and said it “was a great relief. I finally feel normal again. I can finally go out and just be normal and play catch and not worry about anything. I’m excited. It kind of feels like I just got here. It feels really good.”

Taijuan Walker is progressing and threw a bullpen this morning.

Taijuan Walker is progressing and threw a bullpen this morning.

Aaron Goldsmith Staying Busy
If you’re watching the Pac-12 tournament at some point in the next few days, you might hear a familiar voice. Mariners play-by-play man Aaron Goldsmith will be calling the ASU vs. Stanford game tonight, the late game on Friday, as well as the Championship Game on Saturday afternoon. No doubt Ryan Divish will be glued to the television somewhere watching all the action.

Aaron Goldsmith will call some games during the Pac-12 Tourney the next few days.

Aaron Goldsmith will call some games during the Pac-12 Tourney the next few days.

Hall of Fame Coin:
This news item has been making its rounds on the internet, but we think it is pretty cool, so we will also share with you. The United States mint in San Francisco will soon produce an unusual coin in honor of the nation’s favorite pastime…with a curved coin. The coin commemorates the Hall of Fame, which celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2014. The National Baseball Hall of Fame Coins are scheduled to go on sale at noon on March 27, 2014.

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The coin commemorates the Hall of Fame, which celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2014.

The coin commemorates the Hall of Fame, which celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2014.

Contacto Deportivo/Republica Deportiva
Lindsay Casinelli with Univision’s Contacto Deportivo/Republica Deportiva has been making the rounds at Spring Training and today landed in Peoria to interview Robinson Cano. Once the guys were done with their workout, Robinson made it over to the camera and sat down for a brief 10-minute interview. Sounds like they are also heading to Seattle in a few months, so we’ll be seeing them again this summer.

Mariners All-Access
Mariners All Access debuts at 7 p.m. tonight on ROOT Sports and will be hosted by Brad Adam.

  • Meet the Mariners new coaching staff.  The team that will help Lloyd McClendon during the season.
  • James Paxton talks about his offseason program and what it could mean for his chance to join the rotation
  • Highlights of Blake Beavan against the Diamondbacks as he makes his case for a starting spot

Jack Wilson in Camp:
Former Mariners infielder Jack Wilson visited the clubhouse today, saying hello to old teammates and checking out the new spring training facility. Jack is retired, last playing in the Majors with Atlanta in 2012. He appeared in 154 games for the Mariners from 2009-2011. He is currently keeping busy coaching his oldest son’s (Jacob) baseball team in Thousand Oaks, California. And since we haven’t seen Jack in a few years, we finally had the chance to ask him about his famous YouTube video of kicking a soccer ball to a moving jet ski. Jack said he grew up playing a lot of “jet ski football” and the video only took three takes to make. Check it out.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (13-4-1) will play a night game tomorrow night against the Colorado Rockies at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. You can hear all the action on 710 ESPN Seattle with Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith calling the action. Right-hander Felix Hernandez (1-0, 8.31) is scheduled to start for the Mariners vs. Rockies left-hander Franklin Morales.

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 Danny Farquhar on the Bob & Groz show at some point while you can tune in to the Wyman, Mike and Moore Show to catch Charlie Furbush at 4:30 p.m. this afternoon. 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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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 29

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 / 19 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 27 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)

Game Recap vs. the Angels:
We’ll post a game recap at the conclusion of tonight’s game against the Cubs.

Felix Hernandez and James Paxton get their bullpens in during today's workout.

Felix Hernandez and James Paxton get their bullpens in during today’s workout.

Robinson Cano Sports Illustrated Photo Shoot
As some of you may have seen, Sports Illustrated’s Greg Bishop went down to the Dominican Republic to have a chat with Robinson Cano in February. Bishop filed, “A day in the Dominican with Robinson Cano before his new life begins,” and will have an upcoming larger piece appear in the magazine. As part of that feature, SI photographer Robert Beck came out to Peoria to shoot art…one thing led to another, and eventually Robinson was dragging the field with the groundskeeper’s lawn mower. His bat speed is pretty good, but apparently he is a little slow behind the wheel as he got some good-natured ribbing from the crew for driving so slow.

Robinson Cano took part in a Sports Illustrated Photo Shoot.

Robinson Cano took part in a Sports Illustrated Photo Shoot.

Now Leading Your Tacoma Rainiers
The Mariners announced today that Roy Howell will manage the Mariners Triple-A affiliate the Tacoma Rainiers in 2014. Howell replaces Rich Donnelly, who was promoted last week to the Mariners Major League staff as third base coach.

Howell, who was entering the season as the hitting coach for Double-A Jackson, will take over at the helm of the Seattle’s affiliate in the Pacific Coast League, the Tacoma Rainiers. Howell spent the previous two seasons as the hitting coach for Single-A High Desert. In two seasons with High Desert, Howell led the Mavericks to a California League-best .289 (2876×9950) average, while the team ranked 3rd in the minor leagues with 827 runs scored in 2013. In 2012, the Mavericks set franchise-highs in nearly every offensive category, including average, hits, RBI and runs scored.

Roy Howell will lead the Tacoma Rainiers during the 2014 season.

Roy Howell will lead the Tacoma Rainiers during the 2014 season.

Pronunciations Are Tough…
When you have players in your organization from countries all over the world, sometimes we have to make educated guesses on what we think the pronunciation of their names are…sometimes we’re off, but most times we’re spot on. This year, the tough one belonged to Cuban left-hander Roenis Elias (roh-EN-ees ehl-LEE-us). Just to double-check, we asked Roenis to pronounce his name for us. Click the link below and let us know if you can roll your “R’s” just like Roenis does…


Mariners Podcasts:
There have been a lot of players join local and national radio programs this spring, including Kyle Seager this afternoon with Wyman, Mike and Moore on 710 ESPN Seattle. If you want to catch up on the interviews, we have you covered via the Podcast page on this blog. Click, listen and enjoy!

MLBPA Meeting
Members of the Major League Baseball Players Association staff were in camp today for their annual meeting. The group featured some pretty prominent former Majors Leaguers, including Dave Winfield, Mike Myers, Bobby Bonilla, Jose Cruz Jr., Steve Rogers, Jeffrey Hammonds, former Mariner Phil Bradley and executive director Tony Clark.

Former Mariner Phil Bradley was part of the annual MLBPA meeting this afternoon.

Former Mariner Phil Bradley was part of the annual MLBPA meeting this afternoon.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (11-4-1) are playing a night game tonight vs. the Chicago Cubs at Peoria Stadium (7:05 pm). The game will be televised by ROOT SPORTS with Dave Sims and Mike Blowers calling the action. Left-hander Randy Wolf (0-0, 7.20) is scheduled to start for the Mariners vs. Cubs right-hander James McDonald (0-0, 18.00).

TV Time:
Lots to see on TV the next couple of days. Tonight’s game vs. the Chicago Cubs will be the first ROOT SPORTS NW telecast of the 2014 season, with Dave Sims and Mike Blowers on the call. A reminder, first pitch will be at 7:05 pm. In addition to the game, the always anticipated debut of this season’s Mariners TV commercials is also tomorrow. They’ll be featured during the game, or fans can check them out beginning tomorrow morning on Mariners.com.

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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 27

Monday, March 10, 2014 / 21 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 29 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)

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21 more days until Opening Day!

Game Recap:
Robinson Cano
was 3-for-3 and Justin Smoak was 1-for-2 with a double, a run scored and a sacrifice fly, but Seattle fell to the Kansas City Royals by an 8-2 score in front of 4,983 fans Monday afternoon at Peoria Stadium. The Mariners dropped to 10-4 in Cactus League play. Seattle plays the second game of a day-night, split-squad doubleheader tonight at the Arizona Diamondbacks (7-6-2) at Salt River Fields. Second baseman Robinson Cano was 3-for-3 in his first game action since March 5. He missed the previous four days following a root canal. Justin Smoak, in the line-up as the designated hitter, hit a sacrifice fly to deep center field to give Seattle a 1-0 lead in the first, and later added a double and a run scored. Seattle’s offense could not come back from a Kansas City Royals five-run outburst in the third inning that snapped a 1-1 tie. Starting pitcher Brandan Maurer (0-1) allowed a two out run in the second inning that tied the score at 1-1. He retired the first two batters he faced in the third, but was lifted after allowing three straight two-out singles. Minor leaguer Stephen Shackleford entered in relief, but battled his control and ended up allowing five runs to cross the plate (0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 SO). Yoervis Medina continued his impressive spring with 2.0 shutout innings; he has yet to allow an earned run, and Ramon Ramirez also tossed a clean frame. [Box Score]. Here is an updated look at the Mariners spring training stats.

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Welcome Back Cano:

Robinson Cano was back in the lineup today vs. the Royals after not playing the last four Cactus League games. Cano had a root canal last Wednesday and has spent the last few days recovering from surgery. The days off definitely didn’t affect Cano at the plate as he picked up right where he left off going 2-for-2 in the game. He has hit safely in 5 of 6 games he has appeared with 3 multi-hit games. Overall he is batting .600 (9×15) with runs scored, 3 RBI and 1 walk. Cano said he swung a broom handle and hit dried black beans pitched to him to stay sharp.

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Robinson Cano

Now Reporting for Physicals:

Minor League position players reported for physicals today. The entire squad will begin workouts tomorrow with games starting March 16 vs. the Brewers affiliates. The Mariners will have approximately 150 players in camp.

Rated as one of the best Minor League Farm systems in baseball, the Mariners are looking to continue to improve upon their success in 2013. The Mariners 9 minor league affiliates wrapped up the 2013 season combining for a 461-433 (.516) record. The organization finished 3rd among all Major League farm systems in wins (461), while finishing 10th in winning percentage (.516). Four of the Mariners 9 affiliates advanced to the playoffs in 2013. Pulaski (Appalachian League) and VSL Mariners (Venezuelan League) won their league titles. Clinton (Midwest League) and Everett (Northwest League) advanced to the playoffs, but lost in the first round.

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#MyAllStarTeacher:

Major League Baseball, Target Corp and PEOPLE today announced the “Target Presents PEOPLE All-Star Teachers” campaign, which celebrates remarkable current and retired teachers who make an impact on the lives of their students and communities. All-Stars Carlos Beltran and Adrian Gonzalez will lend their support to the initiative by encouraging fans to nominate an outstanding teacher beginning today through May 6th at AllStarTeachers.com. Nominees will have the chance to represent their favorite team and be honored during the pre-game ceremony of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game on July 15th on FOX.

Working Day and Night:

The Mariners continue their 38th spring training today with a split squad, day-night doubleheader vs. the Kansas City Royals in the afternoon game at Peoria Stadium and at the Arizona Diamondbacks in the night game at Salt River Fields. Today marks the second day/night split-squad of the past three days for the Mariners (and the PR staff is already exhausted). Seattle swept the split DH on Saturday, winning at San Francisco and at LA. It is also the third of four split squads this spring (also: 3/3, 3/8 & 3/22); Seattle is 4-1 in split squad games thus far.

I Guess I Didn’t Get the Memo:

Manager of Game Used  & Memorabilia Shawn Wert, Medical Director Ed Khalfayan and Senior Director of Baseball Information Tim Hevly each showed up today wearing the same Mariners blue polo. Must have been a memo sent out last I that I didn’t receive because I counted 7 different people wearing blue polo shirts today in the pressbox, but only the three matching shirts.

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Shawn Wert, Ed Khalfayan and Tim Hevly wearing the same Mariners polo shirt.

Guests in Camp:

Michael King and photographer Mike Hays from Evening Magazine arrived in Peoria this afternoon just in time for the 1:05 start vs. the Royals. Michael and Jim Dever, who will arrive tomorrow night, will be in Peoria the next four days taping stories for their nightly show in Seattle. From the fan experience at the Peoria Stadium to interviews with some of the interviews with the players, the Evening Magazine staff has a lot of story ideas up their sleeves and will make the viewers at home feel like they are enjoying the game in Peoria!

Try My Bats:

The Trinity Bat Company was at the Peoria Sports Complex today talking to the Mariners players about their products. Trinity Bat Company, which was founded in 2005, is based Orange County, CA, and helps the performance of many current Major League players.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (10-4) return to Cactus League play tomorrow (Tuesday, March 11) with the Mariners traveling to Tempe Diablo Stadium to take on the Los Angeles Angels at 1:05 pm.  RH Scott Baker will start for the Mariners vs. Angels LH C.J. Wilson.

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Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS – Last AB Wins

2014 Mariners Mondays - Ep 10

Tonight on Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS, we look at some late-inning theatrics from the Mariners during the first half of the 2013 season.

In the season-opening road trip, the Mariners found themselves in an extra inning nail-biter vs. the White Sox. After the Mariners pushed across two runs in the top half of the 10th, the White Sox found themselves needing just a base hit to possibly win the game before Tom Wilhelmsen buckled down for the save. In late May, the Mariners ended  an eight-game losing streak (filled with heartbreaking losses) thanks to a clutch two-out base hit from Jason Bay in the 13th. Finally, Nick Franklin and Kendrys Morales helped lead the club to back-to-back last AB wins over the Athletics in a three-game series in June.

Mariners Mondays airs tonight, March 10, 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 Game Central – March 6 at Chicago White Sox

03.06.14 Lineups

Spring #9: Seattle Mariners (6-2) at Chicago White Sox (2-3) | 12:05 PT/1:05 MT | Camelback Ranch
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Scott Baker (1-0, 0.00) vs. LHP John Danks (0-0, -.–)
Radio: Today’s game will be carried live via Mariners.com (free)
TV: No TV coverage of today’s game
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with play-by-play data

Spring Training Info | Roster | 2014 Media Guide | Mariners Game Notes | 2014 Schedule | MarinersMedia.com
Social Media: From the Corner of Edgar & Dave | Instagram | @Mariners | @LosMarineros | Facebook | Tumblr | Pinterest

Tonight’s Cactus League Report on 710 ESPN Seattle

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Cactus League play is underway and, with that, our regular Tuesday night show makes its transition from the Hot Stove League to the Cactus League Report. Tonight’s two-hour program is hosted by Rick Rizzs, Aaron Goldsmith and Shannon Drayer, and we have quite the lineup in store. Tune in to hear from skipper Lloyd McClendon, catcher Mike Zunino, LHP Charlie Furbush, RHP Blake Beavan, OF James Jones, minor league catching coordinator and Mariners legend Dan Wilson, and MLB.com’s Greg Johns.

You can listen to tonight’s show from 7-9 p.m. on 710 ESPN Seattle or stream online on Mariners.com.

Mariners Game Central – March 4 vs. the Dodgers

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Spring #7: Seattle Mariners (5-1) at Los Angeles Dodgers (2-3-1) | 12:05 PT/1:05 MT | Camelback Ranch
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Felix Hernandez (0-0, -.–) vs. RHP Brian Wilson (0-0, 0.00)
Radio: There will be no Mariners broadcast of today’s game…Dodgers audio available via MLB.tv (for subscribers)
TV: Will air on delay on MLB Network (Dodgers broadcast)…check local listings
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with play-by-play data

Spring Training Info | Roster | 2014 Media Guide | Mariners Game Notes | 2014 Schedule | MarinersMedia.com
Social Media: From the Corner of Edgar & Dave | Instagram | @Mariners | @LosMarineros | Facebook | Tumblr | Pinterest

Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 18

Mariners Spring Training Update

Saturday, March 1, 2014 / 30 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angeles) / 39 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels).

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Felt Like a Rain Delay:

The whole day felt like one big rain delay, with the constant question around camp all morning was usually about the weather. It rained most of the night and started raining again around 10 am this morning.  The rainy (and cold) weather pushed the workouts into the batting cages, while the pitchers were able to use the covered bullpens. Everyone was debating whether or not we would even be able to play today, but Assistant General Manager Jeff Kingston finally confirmed the game would be played as scheduled with a 1:05 start time, though it was called in the 7th innings once the thunder showers moved in.

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Players conditioning inside due to the rain.

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Nick Franklin hitting in the cages.

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Felix Hernandez throwing a bullpen.

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It Never Rains in Arizona:

It rained overnight in Arizona, breaking a streak of 70 consecutive days without any precipitation in the Valley of the Sun. Prior to last night, it last rained on December 20, 2013. And in case you were wondering, the Mariners have had a Cactus League game cancelled due to rain in each of the last four spring trainings, but were fortunate to get today’s game in.

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Going to B.A.T.:

Former Mariners outfielder Randy Winn is the Vice President of Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T) and was on hand this morning with other members of his team sharing stories on how B.A.T. can impact someone’s life and encouraging players to participate and donate. The primary objective of the B.A.T is to aid those members of the “baseball family” most in need. B.A.T. strives to provide a means of support to people who are unable to help themselves. Through charitable contributions from corporations, foundations and individuals, B.A.T. is there to assist those with financial, psychological or physical burdens.

Baseball Tonight Bus Tour:

The Baseball Tonight Bus Tour made their way to the Mariners complex in Peoria and brought with them host Tim Kurkjian. Manager Lloyd McClendon and Robinson Cano were each interviewed live by Tim on the Baseball Tonight set. During each stop, Kurkjian and Pedro Gomez interviewed players and provide in-depth perspective on team preparation and off-season storylines heading into the 2014 MLB season. Cano, Felix Hernandez, Taijuan Walker, Kyle Seager, Nick Franklin were just a few of the player to sit down for ESPN interviews. The bus is the same one used for Monday Night Football. After beginning the tour in the Grapefruit League it left Florida on Monday and arrived in Peoria two days later. According to the driver the bus currently has approximately 270,000 miles, but that is nothing considering it probably won’t need any maintenance until it goes over 500,000 miles. Felix, Logan Morrison and Nick Franklin were just a few of the players to tour the bus. Felix was trying to figure out how to borrow it for a road trip for a couple of days!

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Manager Lloyd McClendon chatting with Tim Kurkjian on the Baseball Tonight set at the Peoria Sports Complex.

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Behind the scenes with Robinson Cano on the Baseball Tonight set.

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Robinson Cano being interviewed by ESPN for Baseball Tonight.

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Felix Hernandez in front of the Baseball Tonight Goodyear Express Tour bus.

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Logan Morrison and Nick Franklin on the Baseball Tonight bus.

Game 3 Recap:

The Seattle Mariners improved to 3-0 in Cactus League play with a 5-3 rain-shortened win in 7 innings over the Los Angeles Angels Saturday afternoon at Peoria Stadium.

The Mariners 3-4-5 hitters, Robinson Cano, Justin Smoak and Logan Morrison, combined to go 6-for-8. Cano finished 2-for-3 with one RBI, Smoak was 2-for-2 with a double and a walk and Morrison was 2-for-3 with a double and one RBI.

Seattle is off to a 3-0 start in spring training play for the sixth time in club history, but first since 1994.

Seattle jumped out to the early lead with two runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Smoak led off with a towering double off the center field wall, and came into score on a fielder’s choice by Brad Miller. Carlos Triunfel plated Dustin Ackley with the second run on a sac fly to center field.

The Mariners added to the lead with two more runs in the 3rd inning, with Cano and Ackley plating runs in the inning. Morrison completed the Mariners scoring with a RBI double in the bottom of the 5th inning.

Mariners starter Scott Baker (1-0) earned the win allowing one hit and one walk in 2.0 scoreless innings. Left-hander Roenis Elias (1.1 IP) and Hector Noesi (1.2 IP) added scoreless relief efforts.

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Starting pitcher Scott Baker making his Spring Training debut in a Mariners uniform.

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Justin Smoak doubling in the 2nd inning off Angels starter C.J. Wilson.

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Justin Smoak scoring on a fielder’s choice by Brad Miller.

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Robinson Cano and Brad Miller turning a double play.

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Robinson Cano catching a pop up at second base.

Did You know:

The Mariners are 3-0 to open Spring Training for the sixth time in team history and first since 1994. Seattle started Cactus League play 3-0 in 1989, 1990-92 and 1994.

A Rarity in the PR Office:

The Mariners Baseball Information staff had five staff members in the Peoria office today. We usually have at least three people representing the staff in Peoria, but how schedules worked out we had a full crew on hand today. Assistant Director Jeff Evans flew into Phoenix last night (and yes he is being blamed for bringing the rain with him), while Senior Vice President of Communications Randy Adamack arrived on Thursday night. We won’t put a number on what spring training this is for Randy, but let’s just say he was in the PR department with the Cleveland Indians when they trained in Arizona (Tucson, not Goodyear).

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Mariners Baseball Information Department (from left to right): Fernando Alcala, Jeff Evans, Kelly Munro, Tim Hevly and Randy Adamack.

Single Game Tickets on Sale March 8:

Single-game tickets for the 2014 Seattle Mariners season go on sale to the public at 10am on Saturday, March 8. 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). Fans can register for a special online pre-sale opportunity to buy tickets on March 6, two days before they go on sale to the general public. Sign up at mariners.com/register. Pre-sale registration closes at 11:59pm on March 3.

Weather:
We’ll chalk this up as just one of those rare Arizona days where the sunshine was drowned out by clouds and rain. Hopefully this will be one of the only rainy day this spring.

Quote of the Day:

“Unless you got someone else in mind. I am trying to see if he can go Opening Day, the second day and the third day.

Manager Lloyd McClendon answered after being asked if Felix Hernandez would be the Mariners Opening Day starter.

Felix Hernandez is scheduled to make his  seventh career Opening Day start vs. the Los Angeles Angels on Monday, March 31. He is currently tied Randy Johnson for most Opening Day starts in club history. Has started each of the Mariners last six Opening Days (since 2009), going 4-0 with a 1.33 ERA (7 ER, 47.1 IP).

Felix Hernandez tied his career-high with 13 strikeouts in a shutout performance last night vs. Boston. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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On Tap Tomorrow (March 2):
The Mariners head on the road tomorrow to Goodyear to face the Cleveland Indians. The Mariners will continue to work out in the morning beginning at 9:30 AM with first pitch at 1:05 PM (12:05 PT).

Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 17

Mariners Spring Training Update

Friday, February 28, 2014 / 31 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angeles) / 40 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels).

Setting the Scene:
The Mariners worked out this morning prior to the game vs. the Padres. Players are definitely getting into a routine after being in Peoria for over two weeks.

Take a look at some of the photos from today’s morning workouts courtesy of Mariners photographer Ben VanHouten.

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Carson Smith and the rest of the pitching staff conditioning in the morning.

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Manager Lloyd McClendon working with Brad Miller.

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Felix Hernandez signing for fans.

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Mike Zunino, Willie Bloomquist and Nick Franklin chatting during BP.

The Start of Spring Training:

the Mariners continued their 38th spring training today against the San Diego Padres at Peoria Stadium. Today was the second of a 33-game Cactus League schedule for the Mariners that will conclude March 28-29 with a pair of exhibition games vs. the Rockies in Arizona. LH James Paxton started on the mound for the Mariners against Padres RH Andrew Cashner.

Game 2 in the books:

The Mariners used an 18-hit attack including three home runs to win their second straight in Cactus League play with a 12-1 victory over the Padres in front of 3,204 fans at Peoria Stadium.

Shortstop Nick Franklin got the Mariners on the board in the third inning with a solo home run to right field and the team manufactured another run in the fourth before rallying for five more in the sixth.

In the sixth inning, Seattle got three straight singles, including an RBI single by Xavier Avery. After a one-out RBI single by catcher Jesus Sucre, Nate Tenbrink capped the scoring in the frame with a two-run home run to right-center to make it a 7-1 game.

Seattle got four more runs in the eighth inning on a three-run home run by James Jones and an RBI single Ji-Man Choi before capping the scoring with a run in the ninth inning, an RBI single by Jones.

Twelve different Mariners collected a hit, six had multi-hit games and 11 scored runs in the 12-run outburst.

Starter James Paxton retired all six batters that he faced in 2.0 frames, throwing 13 of his 19 pitches for strikes. After Ramon Ramirez allowed a run in the third inning, Nick Hill, Yoervis Medina, Charlie Furbush, Zach Miner, Carson Smith and Dominic Leone each tossed a scoreless frame.

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Logan Morrison and Dustin Ackley taping their bats before the game.

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Nick Franklin hitting a solo home run with two outs in the 3rd inning off Tim Stauffer.

Did You know:

The Mariners are 2-0 to open Spring Training for the ninth time in team history, but the first since 1994. Seattle started Cactus League play 2-0 in 1981, 1983, 1988-92 and 1994.

Walker Update:

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced today the following medical update on right-handed pitcher Taijuan Walker:

Walker has been slowed this spring by minor inflammation in his right shoulder.

Zduriencik said: “Out of an abundance of caution, Taijuan was examined by Dr. Neil ElAttrache at the Kerlan Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles on Thursday after his workout in Peoria.”

Dr. ElAttrache agreed with Mariners Medical Director Dr. Ed Khalfayan’s diagnoses of inflammation in the right shoulder. Dr. Khalfayan and Dr. ElAttrache also agree that the best plan of action at this time is to place Walker on a course of anti-inflammatory medication and, as a precaution, give him 5-7 days off before throwing again. This should allow all of the inflammation to clear in the shoulder. Following the time off from throwing, Walker will resume his regular throwing program.

Walker said: “This definitely stinks. But I feel good about the situation. I would rather not push it and try to fight through something and make it worse. I’d rather take the time off and just get healthy first and then move on.”

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Taijuan Walker signing a young Mariners fan’s jersey.

Iwakuma Update:

Hisashi Iwakuma, who has been sidelined since the start of spring training by a strained tendon in the middle finger on his right hand, was re-examined today in Arizona. Hand specialist Dr. Don Sheridan, who saw previously examined Iwakume, re-examined him today. Dr. Sheridan confirmed that Iwakuma is progressing well, but has recommended that his finger remain in a splint for three more weeks, as he originally recommended. Iwakuma will continue to do shoulder exercises and work on his conditioning, and will be able to resume throwing as soon as the splint is removed.

Hisashi Iwakuma finished 3rd in voting for the 2013 AL Cy Young Award.

Hisashi Iwakuma

Wrapping Up Mini Camp:

With the conclusion of Mini Camp today, the focus of the Player Development staff now shifts to preparing for Minor League Spring Training Camp. From Coordinators to coaches to trainers all 60 minor league staff member have reported to Peoria and will begin meeting tomorrow night. Director of Players Development Chris Gwynn and Field Coordinator Jack Howell will go lead the three-day meetings that consist of going over expectations, drills and development plans. Minor league pitchers and catchers report on March 4 with structured workouts beginning on March 5. Minor League position players will report on March 10 with full workouts on March 11. The Mariners will have approximately 150 minor league players in camp.

Single Game Tickets on Sale March 8:

Single-game tickets for the 2014 Seattle Mariners season go on sale to the public at 10am on Saturday, March 8. 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). Fans can register for a special online pre-sale opportunity to buy tickets on March 6, two days before they go on sale to the general public. Sign up at mariners.com/register. Pre-sale registration closes at 11:59pm on March 3.

Our Thoughts and Prayers are with the Orioles today:

The MLB family is mourning the loss of Orioles PR Director Monica Barlow today after a long battle with cancer. She was 36. Monica joined the Orioles staff as an intern in 1999 and returned full time as a member of the PR staff in 2001. She was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer in September 2009, but continued to lead the department until taking a leave of absence earlier this month. Throughout her illness, she campaigned on behalf of lung cancer research as a speaker and fundraiser for LUNGevity Foundation, the nation’s largest non-profit organization focused on the disease.

Weather:
Temperature at first pitch today in sunny Peoria, Arizona was 73 degrees. Might be our last sunny day for until Sunday. It hasn’t rained in over 70 days in the valley and rain is in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow.

Tweet of the Day:

On Tap Tomorrow (March 1):
The Mariners will face the Angels tomorrow afternoon at Peoria Stadium. The Mariners will continue to work out in the morning beginning at 9:30 am with first pitch at 1:05 pm (12:05 PT).

Spring Training Update – Day 16

Mariners Spring Training Update

Thursday, February 27, 2014 / 32 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angeles) / 41 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels).

Setting the Scene:
With the first game today vs. the Padres, the Mariners began workout at 9:30 am and were off the field by 11:30 am in preparations for the 1:05 pm start time.

 Take a look at some of the photos from today’s morning workouts courtesy of Mariners photographer Ben VanHouten.

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Beginning of workouts.

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Cano taking BP.

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Hitting Coach Howard Johnson talking with Nick Franklin.

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Logan Morrison taking BP.

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Manager Lloyd McClendon hitting ground balls to the infielders.

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Logan Morrison taking ground balls at first base.

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Corey Hart and Michael Saunders.

The Start of Spring Training:

The Mariners began their 38th spring training with the Cactus League opener today against the San Diego Padres at Peoria Stadium. Today’s lid-lifter opened the 33-game Cactus League schedule for the Mariners that will conclude March 28-29 with a pair of exhibition games vs. the Rockies in Arizona. The Mariners are 18-22-1 all-time in “official” Cactus League openers, including a 9-3 loss vs. the Padres last spring. Opened spring play three times with split-squad action (‘02, ‘01, ‘03) and have won 4 of last 7 spring openers.

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Manager Lloyd McClendon in his first spring training game as the skipper.

Game 1 in the books:

The Mariners opened Cactus League play with a 7-1 win over the San Diego Padres Thursday afternoon in front of 4,868 fans at Peoria Stadium.

Seattle jumped out to an early lead in the first inning as Kyle Seager reached on a fielder’s choice, Robinson Cano singled to put runners on first and third and Logan Morrison plated the first run with a sacrifice fly. Cano then scored from first on a double by Justin Smoak. In the second, Dustin Ackley led off with a double and eventually scored on a Mike Zunino sacrifice fly to center.

Seattle extended their lead with a three-run sixth inning, scoring two unearned runs on a rally that included hits by Morrison, Xavier Avery, Humberto Quintero and Cole Gillespie to go along with two Padres errors. Seattle scored its final run in the seventh as Carlos Triunfel singled to start the frame and scored after the left fielder bobbled a double down the left field line by Burt Reynolds.

Cano finished his Mariners debut by going 1×1 with a walk and a run scored in two plate appearances. Morrison collected Seattle’s only multi-hit effort and recorded an RBI.

Seattle pitching stifled the Padres offense by keeping them scoreless through the first seven frames as Erasmo Ramirez (2.0 IP), Blake Beavan (2.0), Logan Kensing (1.0), Lucas Luetge (1.0) and Tom Wilhelmsen (1.0) each posted scoreless outings while allowing just four hits.

Danny Farquhar closed out the victory with a scoreless ninth inning to give the Mariners their first win of the Cactus League schedule.

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Robinson Cano singled up the middle in his first at-bat in his Spring Training debut with the Mariners.

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Robinson Cano in the dugout after scoring on a double by Justin Smoak in the first inning.

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Catcher Mike Zunino hitting a sacrifice fly scoring Dustin Ackley in the first inning.

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Brad Miller making a defensive web gem at shortstop.

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Logan Morrison went 2×2 at the plate and knocked in a run in the Mariners win.

About today’s Charity game:

Today was the 21st Annual Charity Game between the Mariners and Padres to kick off the season with all proceeds being donated to the Peoria Diamond Club. This annual charity game has allowed the Peoria Diamond Club to distribute in excess of $1,400,000 in grants over the past 21 years. The children’s groups they serve and have funded include special needs, under privileged, educational, leadership, athletic programs and more. Today they are distributing $15,000 to several local charities, including: Jobs For Arizona Graduates, Peoria Baseball Sluggers Booster Club, Southwest Center for HIV/Aids, Science Engineering and Technology K-12 Program, Basis Science Program, Peoria Police Chiefs Club and PUSD Scholarship Fund.

 The Moose is on the Loose:

The Mariners Moose made a rare visit to sunny Peoria, Arizona today for the start of Spring Training. The Moose was entertaining the fans throughout the game and helped lead the team to victory.

The Mariner Moose made his debut on April 13, 1990, during the Mariners home opener in front of a sell-out crowd at the Kingdome. The Moose was selected as the Seattle Mariners’ first-ever mascot after a contest in which more than 2,500 entries were submitted by children 14 and under from throughout the Pacific Northwest. Ammon Spiller, a fifth grader from Central Elementary School in Ferndale, WA, came up with the winning idea: “I chose the Moose because they are funny, neat and friendly. The Moose would show that the Mariners enjoy playing and that they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. It shows they’re having fun no matter what the situation.”

Since his introduction more than two decades ago, the Mariner Moose has become one of the most recognized mascots in sports, entertaining millions of fans throughout the United States and abroad. In addition to entertaining Mariners fans, young and old, the Moose is proud to be a wonderful symbol of the great Northwest.

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The Mariners Moose giving a fan at the Peoria Stadium a high-five.

Updated Player Signings:

The Mariners today issued the following signings update for players that have agreed to contracts for the 2014 season: Bobby LaFromboise (LHP), Lucas Luetge (LHP), Brandon Maurer (RHP), Hector Noesi (RHP), Stephen Pryor (RHP), Erasmo Ramirez (RHP), Taijuan Walker (RHP), Jesus Sucre (C), Brad Miller (INF), Jesus Montero (INF) and Carlos Triunfel (INF). All players on the 40-man roster are signed to contracts for the 2014 season.

 ESPN Deportes:

Felix Hernandez, Fernando Rodney and Robinson Cano sat down with Guillermo Celis of ESPN Deportes/Beisbol Esta Noche (Baseball Tonight) this morning at the Peoria Sports Complex.

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Felix during the ESPN Deportes interview.

Congratulations Joe:

In news from Seattle…Joe Myhra, who served as Director of Maintenance for Safeco Field since 2008, has been named Vice President, Ballpark Operations by the Seattle Mariners. Myhra succeeds Scott Jenkins, who left the Mariners this month to become General Manager of the new Atlanta Stadium being built by the NFL Atlanta Falcons. Myhra is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. He served five years on active duty and attained the rank of Captain. His active duty service included a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Myhra was stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, where he was Chief of Maintenance Engineering, prior to joining the Mariners six years ago. As Vice President, Ballpark Operations, Myhra will oversee all Safeco Field maintenance, operations and capital projects, as well as security, game day, grounds keeping and sustainability operations.

 Single Game Tickets on Sale March 8:

Single-game tickets for the 2014 Seattle Mariners season go on sale to the public at 10am on Saturday, March 8. 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). Fans can register for a special online pre-sale opportunity to buy tickets on March 6, two days before they go on sale to the general public. Sign up at mariners.com/register. Pre-sale registration closes at 11:59pm on March 3.

Weather:
Temperature at first pitch today in sunny Peoria, Arizona was 74 degrees, which would be 28 degrees warmer than the temperature in Seattle (46 degrees).

Quote of the Day:

“I’m not going to lie. It feels a little different. You look around and all you see is different faces. I’m here now and I had in my mind already that I’m a Mariner and I just can’t wait for the season to start so we can go out and do a pretty good job this year.”

Robinson Cano said after making his Spring Training debut for the Mariners today.

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Robinson Cano debuting in a Spring Training game in a Mariners uniform.

Tweet of the Day:

On Tap Tomorrow (Feb. 28):
The Mariners and Padres will face off once again tomorrow at Peoria Stadium, but this time with San Diego as the home team. The Mariners will continue to work out in the morning beginning at 9:30 am with first pitch at 1:05 pm (12:05 PT).

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