Game #1: Seattle Mariners (0-0) vs. Los Angeles Angels (0-0) | 1:10 pm | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: RHP Felix Hernandez vs. RHP Jered Weaver
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
Game Information: Mariners | Angels | Mariners-Angels History
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The Mariners open the 2015 season today vs. the Los Angeles Angels at Safeco Field (1:10 pm). To prime you for the always-exciting season opener, here is some information on Opening Day and home openers in Mariners history. This will be the 39th season opener for the Mariners. Seattle has won its last 8 Opening Day games, which is tied for the 4th-longest Opening Day winning streak in Major League history.
Opening Day Record Book:
History of Mariners Home Openers:
Jake Catterall, a Make-A-Wish recipient who is living with intractable epilepsy, a life-threatening medical condition, will fulfill a dream on Monday as he rounds the bases before the Mariners open the season against the Los Angeles Angels at 1:10 p.m. at Safeco Field.
“I’ve been a baseball fan since I was like three,” said Jake, who arrived at the stadium for a test run of the base paths on Friday afternoon.
Jake, a 12-year-old who lives in Tacoma, was referred to Make-A-Wish by his twin brother Brydon.
“He’s been through a lot. He’s had brain surgery and he has seizures a lot,” Brydon said of his twin brother. “I just thought that he deserved to have something awesome.”
A baseball fan to his core, Jake’s trot around the bases will signify the role that baseball plays in his life on and off the diamond. Despite a neurological condition causes Jake to have limited use of his right arm, he’s a pitcher and first baseman for his Little League team – and a good one, at that.
“How cool is this?” exclaimed Jake as he effortlessly tossed the baseball back and forth with his brother on the middle of the Safeco Field infield.
Jake, whose favorite player is Edgar Martinez, and his brother will help open the season as they yell “Play Ball!” before Felix Hernandez and the rest of the Seattle Mariners take the field to open the 2015 season.
For his wish, Jake, Brydon and his parents (Christopher and Stacy) will travel to Spa Atlantis in the Bahamas this summer.
“I’m excited to be here,” Jake said.
Felix Hernandez will make his 8th career and 7th consecutive Opening Day start tomorrow vs. the Angels (1:10 pm at Safeco Field). Felix has been a dominating force on Opening Day, going 5-0 with a 1.52 ERA and 52 strikeouts. Here are some interesting facts on Felix and his Opening Day prowess and how he stacks up against baseball history.
The Mariners ended spring training play 13-17-2 in Cactus League play. Here is a look at the final statistics and game recaps. The Mariners open the 2015 season tomorrow at 1:10 pm vs. the Los Angeles Angels at Safeco Field.
Upon arrival back in the Emerald City, after completing a 32-game preseason schedule in Arizona, the Mariners have set the Opening Day 25-man roster. Seattle opens the 2015 season Monday afternoon (1:10 pm) vs. the Angels at Safeco Field.
Opening Day is just about 48 hours away, as the Mariners and Angels open the 2015 season at 1:10 pm Monday at Safeco Field. Major League Baseball has been rolling out team-by-team graphics on their social media channels (twitter, Instagram) and today the Mariners graphic went live. This is a pretty sweet image of Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Felix Hernandez. And we hope the message holds true for October Baseball! See you Opening Day!
Spring #32: Seattle Mariners (12-17-2) vs. Colorado Rockies (16-15-2) | 12:05 pm | Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
Starting Pitchers: RHP Taijuan Walker (1-3, 7.90) vs. RHP Eddie Butler (2-0, 0.86)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle will air today’s game live…available live via mariners.com
TV: No TV coverage of today’s game
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score of today’s game
Friday, April 3, 2015 / 3 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)
Starting pitcher J.A. Happ allowed 2 hits in 4.0 scoreless innings and shortstop Brad Miller hit a two-run triple to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 5-4 win over the Colorado Rockies Friday evening in spring training play at Peoria Stadium.
The Mariners improved to 12-17-2 in preseason play with one exhibition game remaining tomorrow vs. the Rockies at Salt River Fields. The Mariners open the 2015 regular season Monday (April 6) vs. the Los Angeles Angels at 1:10 pm at Safeco Field (RHP Felix Hernandez vs. RHP Jered Weaver).
Starting pitcher J.A. Happ (2-3) turned in his best spring start in his final tune-up, scattering 2 hits in 4.0 scoreless innings. Happ struck out 4 batters and walked a pair while throwing 69 pitches (44 strikes). Relievers Danny Farquhar (1.1 IP, H, K) and Grady Wood (2.0 IP, 2 H, R, 2 K) and Paul Fry (1.0 IP, 2 K) held the Rockies to one run over the final 4.1 innings to secure the win. Fry recorded the save with a 1-2-3 9th inning with a pair of strikeouts.
The Mariners jumped out to the early lead with three runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Miller tripled in a pair of runs and scored on a sac fly by Austin Jackson. First baseman Logan Morrison added to the lead with a run-scoring single in the bottom of the 3rd inning.
The Rockies pulled to within one run at 4-3 with a three-run 5th inning. Four consecutive singles by DJ LeMahieu, Charlie Blackmon, Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez led to the big inning.
Gabby Guerrero, the Mariners No. 3 prospect by MLB.com, added an insurance run in the 7th inning with a towering home run off the batter’s eye in center field.
Mariners prospect Gabby Guerrero, nephew of Vladimir, hit a booming home run off the center field backdrop at Peoria Stadium. As a 20-year-old at High-A High Desert last season, he hit .307 (165×538) with 97 runs, 28 doubles, 2 triples, 18 home runs and 96 RBI in 131 games. We still don’t know where he is starting the season, but it wouldn’t surprise anyone to see him move up to Double-A Jackson.
Taking The Time:
It’s been a fun and eventful spring for autograph seekers. After players come out of the game, they pass through autograph alley where fans can line up and meet their favorite Mariners. Today, Brad Miller, Dustin Ackley and J.A. Happ came out of the game at the same time and all three stopped in the alley and signed until every single fan had a chance to have their souvenir signed. The Mariners really appreciate the fan support and make sure to stop by to say thanks.
Seattle Times Special Section Photography:
Ever wonder what goes into photographing the Mariners special section for the Seattle Times? Check out the link above to read about Bettina Hansen‘s first-hand account of her great photos.
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MLB Addresses the “Pace of Game”
One thing that has separated the game of baseball from the other major sports is that there is no clock in baseball. And while two new clocks have been installed this week at Safeco Field and the 29 other Major League ballparks, each team will still get its 27 outs per game (if they need all 27). Teams won’t run out of time, only those valuable outs.
The two clocks (one on the facing of the east end of the left field bleachers; the other behind the plate just below the press box) are there as part of Major League Baseball’s “pace of game initiative.” For most regular season games (other than national telecasts), both clocks will be set to start at 2:25 for each inning break and pitching change, and the countdown will ensure that the pitcher and leadoff hitter are ready to go on time. Over the years, many breaks have lasted over 3 minutes, mostly because the pitcher and hitter aren’t ready to go. And there was no clock to follow.
Fans in the ballpark for the opening series against the Angels (April 6-7-8) can keep track of the time between innings right along with the umpires:
- With 30 seconds left on the clock, the pitcher must throw his final warm-up pitch.
- With 25 seconds left, the batter walk-up music will end.
- The batter must be in the batter’s box with between the 20-second and 5-seconds remaining.
- The pitcher must begin his windup before the clock runs out.
Keep in mind, there is a difference between “pace of game” and “time of game.” In 2014, Mariners regular season “time of game” average 2:45, the fastest team in MLB. Pace of game is meant to keep the game action itself moving along between pitches, between batters and between innings.
One Foot in the Box
Another area of emphasis in 2015 will be the enforcement of rule which requires that all batters must keep at least one foot in the batter’s box during an at-bat. There are several common sense exceptions to the rule, but generally speaking, this also should improve the pace of play. Keep an eye on this as the season gets underway.
Here is a visual look at the new pace of game guidelines: