The Mariners will suit up in their road gray uniforms for tonight’s 7:05 pm ET/4:05 pm PT game vs. the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards. This will be the sixth consecutive game the Mariners will wear a different jersey combination:
- Thursday vs. Boston – Home White
- Friday vs. Boston – Northwest Green
- Saturday vs. Boston – 1946 Seattle Steelheads
- Sunday vs. Boston – Throwback Cream
- Tuesday at Baltimore – Astro Blue
- Wednesday at Baltimore – Road Gray
Here is a look at the 6 different uniform combinations the Mariners have worn in the 6 games:
Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced this morning the club has acquired catcher Welington Castillo from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for right-handed pitcher Yoervis Medina.
The Mariners will make a corresponding 25-man roster move when Castillo reports to the Mariners.
Castillo, 28, has appeared in 24 games (8 starts) with the Cubs this season hitting 2 home runs and recording 5 RBI. Behind the plate he has allowed just one stolen base in 64.0 innings.
In parts of 6 Major League seasons with the Cubs (debuted in 2010), Castillo has appeared in 310 games and combined for a .252 (254×1006) batting average with 29 home runs and 110 RBI. From 2013-14, Castillo combined to bat .255 with 42 doubles, 21 home runs, 78 RBI and a .716 OPS in 223 games. He has thrown out 58 of 220 attempted base stealers in his career (26.4%), including 47 of 171 in 2013-14 (27.5%), the 8th-best percentage in MLB during this two-year stretch.
Castillo has spent all 11 of his professional seasons in the Cubs organization after signing as a non-drafted free agent on December 8, 2004.
Medina, 26, was 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA (4 ER, 12.0 IP, 7 BB, 9 SO) in 12 appearances with the Mariners prior to being optioned to AAA Tacoma on May 3 (post-game). In three seasons with the Mariners posted a 10-9 record with 2 saves and a 2.82 ERA in 141 relief appearances.
Brad Miller has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period of games May 11-17.
Miller, 25, hit .429 (9×21) with 6 runs scored, 3 doubles, 4 home runs, 5 RBI in 6 games last week vs. the San Diego Padres (2 G) and Boston Red Sox (4 G). Miller reached base at a .500 clip (3 BB) and slugged 1.143 to combine for a 1.643 OPS.
Miller has hit 4 home runs over his last 5 games, after hitting one home run in the first 30 games of the season. Over the last two games Miller has hit 3 home runs, including his fifth career multi-home run game May 16 vs. the Red Sox.
He started three games at designated hitter, two games at shortstop and made his debut in left field during the week.
This is the second career Player of the Week honor for Miller, also earning the award July 22, 2013. Miller is the second Mariners player to earn a Player of the Week award this season, joining Nelson Cruz (April 13-19) earlier this season.
The Mariners and Red Sox will pay tribute to Negro Leagues players on Saturday, May 16, when they “Turn Back the Clock” to 1946. Mariners players will wear the uniform of the Seattle Steelheads and the Red Sox will be dressed as Boston Royal Giants.
African American Heritage Night
The game is also African American Heritage Night at Safeco Field, the Mariners annual celebration of the contributions of African Americans to the Northwest community. Honorees include Bill Russell, widely considered one of the best players in the history of the National Basketball Association and a long-time Seattle resident, Supersonics legend Fred Brown, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bill Withers, former King County Executive Ron Sims, George Fleming, University of Washington football legend and the first African American elected to the state Senate, and business executive Art Harper. There will also be a tribute to Herb Simpson, the last known surviving member of the Seattle Steelheads, who died in January at the age of 94.
The Seattle Steelheads were a short-lived team in the West Coast Negro Baseball League. They played home games at Sick’s Stadium as well as ballparks in Tacoma, Bremerton, Spokane and Bellingham. In honor of these trailblazers, Mariners players will wear cream uniforms with “Seattle” across the front in black block letters trimmed in gray. The cap will be black with a cream “S.”
Boston Royal Giants
The Boston Royal Giants were organized in 1923, but for “marketing” purposes were called the Philadelphia Royal Giants. They played teams from across the Northeast including mill or industrial teams in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire, and as far north as Canada’s Cape Breton League. Royal Giants pitcher William “Cannonball” Jackman played for 30 years in the 1920s through the 1940s, and was known as the “best ball player you have never heard of.” The Red Sox will wear road gray uniforms with black trim and the word “Boston” in block letters across the front.
A special online-only ticket offer is available for the game. Prices are $20 for View Level and $35 for Main Level seats. Five dollars from each ticket sold through this offer will benefit Senior Services. Tickets are available at mariners.com/africanamerican. Deadline for this special offer is noon, Friday, May 15.
Game #33: Mariners (15-17) vs. Padres (17-17) | 7:10 pm | Safeco Field Starting Pitchers: RHP Taijuan Walker (1-3, 8.13) vs. RHP James Shields (4-0, 4.25) Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also on Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv) TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data Starting Lineups: Starting lineups will be posted on MarinersMedia.com and Twitter when they become available Game Information: Mariners | Padres | Mariners-San Diego History
Be sure to check out today’s sports page in USA Today for a great article on the Mariners and Nelson Cruz.
The issue of ESPN The Magazine that hits newsstands Friday will feature a familiar face in Mariners ace Felix Hernandez. ESPN spent time with Felix during the opening homestand of the season. The story on Felix will post on ESPN.com next Wednesday (May 20) as well.
Be sure to pick up a copy of the magazine.
Seattle wasn’t the only place that enjoyed watching Felix Hernandez 2,000th strikeout yesterday against Oakland. Venezuelan baseball fans have been watching Felix mature into the Ace that he has become over the last decade and watching #2,000 was just as much fun for them as it was for his fans in Seattle.
Here are a few links (in Spanish) to the Felix Hernandez 2,000 strikeouts coverage in his home country:
- El Universal: Felix Hernandez es el primer Venezolano con 2.000 ponches
- El Universal: Felix Hernandez: “Fue un momento especial, se lo dedico a mi madre”
- El Universal: 2.001 y contando
- El Nacional: Felix Hernandez llego a 2.000 ponches en la MLB
- El Nacional: Manager de Felix Hernandez: “Estamos bendecidos por ser testigos de esto”
- Diario La Verdad: Un “Rey” de dos mil quilates
- Correo Del Caroni: “El Rey” regalo un triunfo a las madres en su dia
- Noticia Al Dia: Felix Hernandez entra en la lista de los pitchers con 2.000 ponches y sigue invicto
Wilmer Reina, a reporter for Diario La Verdad, shared with the Mariners the art for this morning’s edition that featured Felix Hernandez. The awesome graphic breaks down his strikeouts by team, ballpark, players, rankings and more. Click on the photo below to see it in full size.
Felix Hernandez recorded his 2,000th career strikeout in his start yesterday vs. the Athletics, becoming the 4th-youngest pitcher in Major League history to reach the milestone:
He also recorded his 131st career victory (and is off to a 6-0 start to 2015), passing Jamie Moyer for the 2nd-most wins in Mariners history:
Here is a fun look at Felix reaching the 2,000 strikeout milestone:
The Mariners Honorary Bat Girl Kathleen Sutton was nervous about throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before Sunday’s game. But her softball skills kicked in and she threw a strike that nipped the outside corner and landed in catcher Taijuan Walker’s glove.
Sutton was accompanied to the mound by her husband Mike and their five and a half-month old baby boy Spencer.
Sutton was six months pregnant with Spencer when she found out that she has inflammatory breast cancer, which is rare and aggressive. Because she was pregnant, Kathleen was only able to have one round of chemotherapy. About six weeks after her diagnosis, Spencer was born, healthy and with a full head of hair. By then, Sutton had learned that her cancer had spread to her liver and bones. Since then, she has undergone weekly chemo treatments with baby Spencer in tow.
Kathleen is one of 30 Honorary Bat Girls, a program introduced by Major League Baseball in 2009 to raise awareness and support for breast cancer research.
During the Mother’s Day game at Safeco Field, Mariners and Oakland A’s players wore pink spikes, undershirts, wristbands, and played with special game balls with pink stitching. Several players even used special pink Louisville Slugger bats with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo. Many of the bats will be auctioned exclusively on MLB.com to benefit the fight against breast cancer.
Kathleen hopes her story will help raise awareness of her rare cancer.
“If I had heard about inflammatory breast cancer and its symptoms before, I would have gotten it checked out sooner and caught it before it became Stage 4. Everyone thinks breast cancer and thinks to look for lumps, but there are no lumps with inflammatory breast cancer, and no one has heard of it or knows its symptoms, so they don’t think to look for it.”
Sutton credits her husband Mike with helping her through this emotional ordeal, calling him “my rock.” Despite the chemo, Sutton has gone back to work baking wedding cakes for the Lake Union Café Custom Bakery. Her husband, her son, and her work are helping Kathleen maintain a positive outlook.
“I’d like to let people know that because you have an incurable disease doesn’t mean you have to stop living. You don’t have to be a ‘Debbie Downer.’ You can still be you and live your life,”