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Mariners Honorary Bat Girl

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Kathleen Sutton takes the field

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.

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Taijuan Walker signed a bat for Kathleen.

During the Mother’s Day game at Safeco Field, Mariners and Oakland A’s players wore pink MLB Pink Ribbonspikes, 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.”

15 HBG Kathleen SuttonSutton 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,”
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Game Central – May 9 vs. Athletics

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May 9 – Mariners vs. A’s Lineups

Game #30: Mariners (12-17) vs. Athletics (12-19) | 6:10 pm | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: LHP J.A. Happ (1-3, 8.74) vs. RHP Jesse Hahn (4-0, 1.67)
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 | Athletics | Mariners-A’s History

Roster | 2015 Media Guide | Mariners Game Notes | 2015 Schedule | MarinersMedia.com | Promotions
Social Media: From the Corner of Edgar & Dave | Instagram | @Mariners | @LosMarineros | Facebook

Game Central – May 5 at Angels

Mariners vs. Angels lineups (May 5).

Mariners vs. Angels lineups (May 5).

Game #27: Mariners (11-15) at Angels (11-15) | 7:05 pm | Angel Stadium
Starting Pitchers: LHP James Paxton (0-2, 5.74) vs. RHP Garrett Richards (2-1, 3.00)
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 | Angels | Mariners-Angels History

Roster | 2015 Media Guide | Mariners Game Notes | 2015 Schedule | MarinersMedia.com | Promotions
Social Media: From the Corner of Edgar & Dave | Instagram | @Mariners | @LosMarineros | Facebook

King’s Court – Mother’s Day Edition

Special Mother's Day edition of the King's Court shirt.

Special Mother’s Day edition of the King’s Court shirt.

The next scheduled home start for Felix Hernandez is Sunday, May 10, which is also Mother’s Day. In honor, there will be a special edition T-shirt and K-card, both hot pink.

The price for the special offer will be $40 in advance and $45 on the day of the game. King’s Court tickets are only available online at Mariners.com/Felix.

Special Mother's Day K Card.

Special Mother’s Day K Card.

Nelson Cruz Named A.L. Player of the Month for April

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Seattle Mariners designated hitter/outfielder Nelson Cruz has been named the American League Player of the Month for April.

This is Cruz’s first Player of the Month Award and he becomes the first Mariners position player to earn a monthly award since Ichiro in August 2004. In 22 games in April Cruz hit .322 (28×87) with 10 home runs, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 22 RBI and slugged .724. Amongst American League leaders he ranked 1st in home runs (tied), slugging percentage and extra-base hits (14), 2nd in OPS (1.096) and T7th in hits.

His 10 home runs in April were 3rd-most in club history (trails: Ken Griffey Jr. – 13 in ‘97, 11 in ‘98) and his 10 home runs were most in any April in his career (had 7 in ‘11 and ‘10) and 2nd-most in a single month (13 in May, 2014). He hit a home run in 5 consecutive games (6 total) April 11-15, which was tied for 2nd in team history behind Ken Griffey Jr., 8; and tied with Jay Buhner (2x), Richie Zisk & Alex Rodriguez.

All 10 of his home runs in April came in his final 18 games, including two multi-home run games. He drove in a run in 12 of his final 18 games in April and hit safely in 16 of 22 games overall.

Cruz was previously named American League Player of the Week (April 13-19) this season when he led the Majors with 6 home runs, 10 RBI, a 1.250 slugging percentage and a 1.806 OPS and 30 total bases.

On the season, he is hitting .343 (34×99) with 17 runs, 13 home runs, 25 RBI, a .387 on-base percentage, a .788 slugging percentage and a 1.175 OPS in 25 games.

Game Central – May 2 at Astros

05.02.15 Lineups

Game #24: Seattle Mariners (10-13) at Houston Astros (16-7) | 4:10 pm PT | Minute Maid Park
Starting Pitchers: RHP Taijuan Walker (1-2, 6.86) vs. RHP Collin McHugh (3-0, 2.92)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also on Mariners.com
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
Game Information: Mariners | Astros | Mariners-Astros History

Roster | 2015 Media Guide | Mariners Game Notes | 2015 Schedule | MarinersMedia.com | Promotions
Social Media: From the Corner of Edgar & Dave | Instagram | @Mariners | @LosMarineros

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Game Central – April 29 at Rangers

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Game #21: Seattle Mariners (9-11) at Texas Rangers (7-13) | 5:05 pm PT/7:05 pm CT | Globe Life Park Starting Pitchers: RHP Felix Hernandez (3-0, 1.61) vs. LHP Wandy Rodriguez (0-0, 1.80) 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 | Rangers | Mariners-Rangers History

Roster | 2015 Media Guide | Mariners Game Notes | 2015 Schedule | MarinersMedia.com | Promotions Social Media: From the Corner of Edgar & Dave | Instagram | @Mariners | @LosMarineros | Facebook

Mariners Game Central – April 28 at Texas

Tonight's Line-up

Tonight’s Line-up

Game #20: Seattle Mariners (8-11) at Texas Rangers (7-12) | 5:05 pm PT/7:05 pm CT | Globe Life Park
Starting Pitchers: LHP J.A. Happ (1-1, 2.61) vs. LHP Ross Detwiler (0-2, 10.95)
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 | Rangers | Mariners-Rangers History

Roster | 2015 Media Guide | Mariners Game Notes | 2015 Schedule | MarinersMedia.com | Promotions
Social Media: From the Corner of Edgar & Dave | Instagram | @Mariners | @LosMarineros | Facebook

Game Central – April 27 at Rangers

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Game #19: Seattle Mariners (7-11) at Texas Rangers (7-11) | 5:05 pm PT/7:05 pm CT | Globe Life Park

Starting Pitchers: RHP Taijuan Walker (0-2, 10.66) vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo (2-2, 3.92)

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 | Rangers | Mariners-Rangers History

Mariners Mixing Up Broadcast Teams During Trip

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Mariners announcers

The Mariners radio-TV crew of announcers will do some shifting from time to time this season, primarily involving Dave Sims and Aaron Goldsmith. While Rick Rizzs anchors the radio booth and Mike Blowers the TV booth, Dave and Aaron will switch seats for approximately 40 games this year.

During the first two series of the current road trip  vs. the Rangers and Astros, Dave will join Rick on 710 ESPN and the Mariners Radio Network, and Aaron will team with Mike on ROOT Sports Northwest. Aaron and Rick will be back on radio, and Dave and Mike on TV for the Angels series.

“Our goal is to provide a change up over the course of the season on Mariners radio and TV.  Dave is very experienced on both TV and radio, and Aaron will gain some experience on TV during the 2015 season,” said the Mariners Randy Adamack.

During the second half of the season, Goldsmith is scheduled to join FOX Sports for eight games as part of the national MLB Saturday baseball package.

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