Mariners Game Central – April 4

Game #5: Seattle Mariners (3-1) at Oakland Athletics (2-2) | 7:05 pm | O.co Coliseum
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Chris Young vs. RHP Dan Straily
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also on Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on ROOT SPORTS…also via MLB.tv (outside Mariners TV territory)
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-Athletics History

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

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Mariners Game Central – April 3

Game #4: Seattle Mariners (3-0) at Oakland Athletics (1-2) | 7:05 pm | O.co Coliseum

Pitching Match-Ups: LHP Roenis Elias vs. RHP Jesse Chavez
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also on Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on ROOT SPORTS…also via MLB.tv (outside Mariners TV territory)
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-Athletics History

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

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Video Rewind – Paxton’s Strong Season Debut

James Paxton allowed 2 hits and struck out 9 in 7.0 shutout innings last night.

James Paxton allowed 2 hits and struck out 9 in 7.0 shutout innings last night.

Mariners LHP James Paxton had a strong season debut last night, allowing only 2 hits and striking out 9 batters in 7.0 shutout innings vs. the Angels. If you combine his starts from the end of the 2013 season, James is now 4-0 with a 1.16 ERA (4 ER, 31.0 IP) with 30 strikeouts in his first 5 career starts. The Elias Sports Bureau notes that this is a pretty notable start to a career:

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Here are some video highlights of his start last night:

Countdown to Minor League Opening Day: 1 Day Left!

FOLLOWING THE MARINERS MINOR LEAGUE AFFILIATIONS:

AAA — Tacoma Rainiers (19th yr.) – Pacific Coast League

Tacoma Rainiers

Cheney Stadium, 2502 South Tyler, Tacoma, WA 98405

Ashley Roth, Director of Operations

Roy Howell, Manager

Jaime Navarro, Pitching Coach

Cory Snyder, Coach

Tom Newberg, Athletic Trainer

BJ Downie, Athletic Trainer

Gabe Bourland, Performance Coach

Team Website: Tacomarainiers.com

Team Blog: rainierscurto.wordpress.com/ 

Facebook: TacomaRainiers

Twitter: @RainiersLand

 AA — Jackson Generals (8th yr.) – Southern League

Jackson Generals

The Ballpark at Jackson, 4 Fun Place, Jackson, TN 38305

Jason Compton, General Manager

James Horner, Manager

Lance Painter, Pitching Coach

Mike Kinkade, Coach

Eduardo Tamez, Athletic Trainer

Ryan White, Performance Coach

Team Website: www.jacksongeneralsbaseball.com

Team Blog: www.chrisharris.mlblogs.com/

Facebook: JacksonGenerals

Twitter: @JacksonGenerals

 A — High Desert Mavericks (8th yr.) - California League

High Desert Mavericks

Stater Bros Stadium, 12000 Stadium Way, Adelanto, CA 92301

760-246-6287

Ryan Cook, General Manager

Eriberto Menchaca, Manager

Andrew Lorraine, Pitching Coach

Max Venable, Coach

Tyler Moos, Athletic Trainer

Cory Ritter, Performance Coach

Team Website: http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t504

Facebook: HDMavs

Twitter: @HDMavs

A — Clinton LumberKings (5th yr.) – Midwest League

 Clinton LumberKings

Ashford University Field, 537 Ballpark Drive, Clinton, IA 52732

563-242-0727

Ted Tornow, General Manager

Scott Steinmann, Manager

Cibney Bello, Pitching Coach

Brent Johnson, Coach

Geoff Swanson, Athletic Trainer

Taylor Nakamura, Performance Coach

Team Website: http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t500

Facebook: Clinton LumberKings Baseball Club

Twitter: @lumberkings

 

Mariners Game Central – April 2

Game #3: Seattle Mariners (2-0) at Los Angeles Angels (0-2) | 7:05 pm | Angel Stadium

Pitching Match-Ups: LHP James Paxton vs. LHP Hector Santiago
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also on Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on ROOT SPORTS…also via MLB.tv (outside Mariners TV territory)
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 | 2014 Media Guide | Mariners Game Notes | 2014 Schedule | MarinersMedia.com
Social Media: From the Corner of Edgar & Dave | Instagram | @Mariners | @LosMarineros | Facebook | Tumblr | Pinterest

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Brad Miller Makes History

Miller
Mariners shortstop Brad Miller hit a pair of home runs in the Mariners 8-3 win over the Angels last night. Here is a video clip of his homers:

What is amazing is that this was the fourth multi-home run game of Miller’s relatively young career. In fact, Miller has hit 10 home runs in 78 career games, meaning 8 of those homers have come in multi-HR games. How does that stack up in baseball history you ask? Well, we’ve got your answer. In the awesome Baseball-Reference.com searchable era (dating back to 1916), Miller is just the third player in history to record as many as four multi-homer games in the first 80 games of a career, joining Bob Horner (ATL, 1978) and Jason Bay (PIT, 2003-2004). Here is that list, including the players that recorded three multi-HR games:

Countdown to Minor League Opening Day: 2 Days Left!

 

MiL Baseball

All four of the Mariners Minor League affiliates begin the 2014 season on Thursday, April 4. The Rainiers open the season with an 8-game homestand vs. Albuquerque and El Paso.  The Generals start the season on the road with a 5-game series at Chattanooga before returning home on Wednesday, April 9. The Mavericks open with a 7-game homestand vs. Inland Empire and Lake Elsinore, while the LumberKings begin the season on the road with a 4-game series at Cedar Rapids.  Here are the 2014 MiLB Opening Day Rosters and the 2014 Seattle Mariners MiL Staff.

Seattle Mariners Minor League By the Numbers:

2…Number of Minor League Championships the Mariners won in 2013. The Mariners had 4 minor league affiliations advance to the playoffs last season, but Pulaski (Appalachian League) and VLS Mariners (Venezuelan Summer League) each won a league championship.

11…The Mariners had 11 minor league players make their Major League debut in 2013, including 9 homegrown players (OF Abraham Almonte, C Brandon Bantz, INF Nick Franklin, LHP Bobby LaFromboise, RHP Brandon Maurer, INF Brad Miller, RHP Yoervis Medina, LHP James Paxton, C Jesus Sucre, RHP Taijuan Walker and C Mike Zunino), 4th-most in franchise history.

19…At age 19, RHP Victor Sanchez with the Jackson Generals is the youngest players on a Mariners minor league roster.

36…At age 36, outfielder Endy Chavez wit the Tacoma Rainiers is currently the oldest player on a Mariners minor league roster.  

49.3…Catcher John Hicks threw out 49.3 percent (35 CS, 36 SB) of attempted basestealers, which led the Southern Leauge amongst qualifying catchers during the 2013 season…in his first 3 professional seasons with the Mariners, Hicks has thrown out 50.5 percent (111 CS, 109 SB) of attempted base-stealers, along with a .993 fielding percentage.

461…The Mariners minor league affliliats combined for 461 wins in 213, ranking 5th-most amongst all farm systems.

827…the High Desert Mavericks scored 827 runs in 2013, which ranked 3rd-most in the minor leagues…the Tacoma Rainiers scored 762, ranking 6th-most in the minors last season.

9,000…the Jackson Generals will log over 9,000 of miles on a bus this season.

Tweets of the Day:

 

 

Mariners Game Central – April 1

Game #2: Seattle Mariners (1-0) at Los Angeles Angels (0-1) | 7:05 pm | Angel Stadium
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Erasmo Ramirez vs. LHP C.J. Wilson
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also on Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on ROOT SPORTS…also via MLB.tv (outside Mariners TV territory)
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 | 2014 Media Guide | Mariners Game Notes | 2014 Schedule | MarinersMedia.com
Social Media: From the Corner of Edgar & Dave | Instagram | @Mariners | @LosMarineros | Facebook | Tumblr | Pinterest

April 1 Lineup Update

Opening Night Photo Gallery

It was a great night at Angel Stadium, as the Mariners beat the Angels 10-3 to open the 2014 season [box score]. Felix Hernandez improved to 5-0 in his seven career Opening Day starts, recording 11 strikeouts. Justin Smoak went 2-for-4 with a double and a big 3-run home run and Dustin Ackley had a pair of hits and a 3-run triple. Here are some photos from the Opening Night win courtesy of the Associated Press.

Countdown to Minor League Opening Day: 3 Days Left!

With the Mariners beginning the season today vs. the Angels in Anaheim, the minor league players are wrapping up Spring Training in Peoria and will break camp and head to their individual’s teams tomorrow. The Mariners four full season affiliates, AAA Tacoma Rainiers, AA Jackson Generals, A High Desert Mavericks and A Clinton LumberKings will begin their seasons on Thursday! Players that are not on a full season roster will stay in Peoria until the short-season teams begin.

We followed Mariners infield prospect Patrick Kivlehan around during one of his workouts and had him take us through his daily routine.

Kivlehan, a two-sport star at St. Joseph’s in Montvale in New Jersey, turned down chances to play college baseball to accept his only Division 1 football scholarship offer and play for Rutgers. It wasn’t until after his junior season he even started to think about playing baseball again. After spending four seasons as a defensive back, Kivlehan decided he wanted to give baseball one last try. When football ended, Kivlehan asked Scarlet Knights baseball coach Fred Hill if he could walk on to the team. An injury to the projected starter at third base provided an opportunity, and Kivlehan’s took advantage of his opportunity.

Kivlehan and football

“I really missed baseball more and more every year after I stopped playing in high school,” Kivlehan said. “It was definitely an adjustment going from football all the time back to baseball, but looking back I wouldn’t have changed a thing. I learned so much from football that actually prepared me now to play baseball.”

Kivlehan and baseball

Kivlehan was selected by the Mariners in the fourth round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player draft, after earning the first Triple Crown in Big East history during his senior season. He was the highest Draft choice out of Rutgers since Todd Frazier in 2007 and made his professional debut with the Everett AquaSox in the Northwest League in June of 2012. He was named short-season Class A Northwest League’s MVP, batting .301 (85×282) with 46 runs scored, 17 doubles, 12 home runs and 52 RBI in 72 games.

Patrick Kivlehan

Patrick Kivlehan

In his first full season in the minor leagues in 2013, Kivlehan split the season between the Single-A Clinton LumberKings in the Midwest League and the Single-A High Desert Mavericks in the California League. In 128 games, hit combined to hit .303 (148×489) with 74 runs scored, 25 doubles, 3 triples, 16 home runs, 90 RBI and 15 stolen bases. His 38 RBI during August led all minor league players, while also ranking as the most in any single month in the minors in 2013. Kivlehan recorded 11 RBI in a 2-game span, including a career-high 6 RBI on Aug. 9 vs. Lancaster (5×7, 4 R, 2B, HR, 6 RBI). He spent his off-season appearing in 18 games for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League.

“I try not to set long term goals,” Kivlehan said. “I like to give myself shorter goals that I can focus on at that specific time, but in the long term my goal is definitely to have a successful career playing for the Seattle Mariners.”

Kivlehan was invited to participate in the Mariners Mini Camp in February, which is a structured camp for the organizations top 40 prospects that were not invited to Major League camp. He showed up a couple of days late, due to a snow storm that grounded him in New Jersey for a few extra days, but didn’t waste any time getting back up to speed. He even appeared in four games with the Mariners in the Major League camp as an extra.

Kivlehan will begin the 2014 season on the High Desert roster in the California League, but if he can start where he finished off last year he won’t last long with the Mavericks.

In his quest to make the Mariners roster in the near future, Kivlehan is putting in the daily grind in the minor leagues. He is constantly working on ways to improve his game, while taking advantage of every opportunity that is thrown his way. After spending the last two seasons playing third base, he will also play a little first base this season.

Here is a typical day for Patrick:

6:34 am – My alarm goes off at least 3 times before I actually get out of bed. After a quick shower I head down to the hotel lobby for a quick breakfast before making the short trek to the stadium to begin my day.

7:00 am – The hotel provides a continental breakfast. There is not a huge selection of breakfast food, but enough that I try to change it up and eat something different every day.

7:15 am – I walk the complex with my roommate Dario Pizzano and usually a few other guys that we met up with while eating breakfast.

7:20 am – I get settled in the clubhouse and begin getting ready for the day. With the new facility space in the minor league clubhouse is not an issue any more. Now sometimes if you are looking for someone it is a little harder to find them.

7:30-8:30 am – I spend the hour getting mentally and physically ready for the day. From working out in the weight room, to watching video and checking in with the training staff I use this hour to get in everything I need to be ready for the day.

8:45 am – All minor leaguers players meet each morning at 8:45 am with the coaching staff to go over the day’s schedule. Jack Howell leads the meetings and every day concludes with an inspirational quote of the day on the whiteboard.

Here is one of my favorites:

“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it when it is convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.” – K. Blanchard

9:00 am – Time to head out to the field to stretch. We have the same stretching routine every day that is led by our strength and conditioning coach.

9:15 am – Next, comes the long toss. The position players pair off with other position players and the pitchers pair off with other pitchers. Instead of counting the number of throws, we are timed by the coaches. We begin throwing from 60 feet and continue to move back to around 120 feet. Infielders begin to move back in, while outfielders continue to stay at a further distance.

9:30 am – We start with individual defense. We take ground balls at our positions, but also work on specific situational plays as a group. On this day High Desert Manager Eddie Menchaca led the defense drills on field 6. I had it a lot easier than some of the outfielders, who had to do a lot more running in the outfield.

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10:00 am – Time to hit. With some many players we all don’t hit on the field every day, but rotate with who is in the cages and who takes batting practice of the field. This is definitely a highlight of the workouts. Everyone loves to hit.

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11:00 am – We finish the morning workouts the same way we started, with our conditioning routine. Though it is a different strength and conditioning routine than how we started the day.

11:30 am – Lunch time in the dining room.

12:00 pm – Time to get my uniform on and ready for the game. Luckily today is a home game and we don’t have to take a bus to another park.

1:00 pm – Game Time.

4:30 pm – Game over. We win!

4:45 pm – We head back to the clubhouse to unwind.

5:30 pm – Start heading back to the hotel and figure out what we want to do for dinner.

6:30 pm – After a short wait we sit down at best restaurant in walking distance of the hotel: Texas Roadhouse!

8:30 pm – We wrap up night relaxing. I spend part of my evening catching up on Scandal on Netflix. Dario has tried to get me into watching Breaking Bad with him, but we usually end up watching different shows.

11:00 pm – Time for bed, because tomorrow I will have to do it all over again.

We will continue to follow Patrick throughout the season and see how his day-to-day schedule changes. We will also focus on a number of the Mariners prospects as they work their way through the system and to the Major Leagues. Good luck to all the Mariners minor league players this season!

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