Game Central – March 19 vs. Indians

Lineup

Spring #16: Seattle Mariners (7-7-1) vs. Cleveland Indians (6-9-1) | 7:05 pm | Peoria Stadium
Starting Pitchers: RHP Taijuan Walker (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Carlos Carrasco (0-0, 3.00)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle will air tonight’s live…also available via mariners.com
TV: ROOT SPORTS will televise the game live in the Seattle market
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score of today’s game

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Felix Makes Wishes Come True

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Back in 2013, a four year old girl from Anchorage, Alaska, told Make-A-Wish that she wanted to meet Felix Hernandez more than anything.

Sophia Robinson was being treated for a life-threatening heart condition, and at her young age she had already undergone several medical procedures, including open heart surgery.

Thanks to Make-A-Wish of Alaska and Washington, Sophia, her parents and sister, made the trip to Seattle and spent a day with Felix at Safeco Field, hanging out in the clubhouse, eating corndogs in the players’ private dining room, and playing in the dirt.

It was a perfect summer day, and the connection between Sophia and Felix was immediate and long-lasting. Since then, the two text each other regularly and Felix has flown the family from Alaska to Seattle to renew their friendship.

Last week, at the Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington Wish Night Gala & Auction, Felix and Sophia’s friendship was highlighted in a video. The gala, by the way, raised $1.6 million to help grant wishes to children in Washington and Alaska throughout 2014.

The King of Opening Day

MarinersBlog:

Opening Day is just 18 days away when the Mariners host the Angels April 6 at Safeco Field (1:10 pm). King Felix will be making his 8th career Opening Day start, and 7th consecutive.

Originally posted on Openers:

Seattle’s eight consecutive Opening Day wins represent the longest streak in the Majors since the Reds won nine in a row from 1983-91. Not coincidentally, Felix Hernandez has started seven of those games and is 5-0 with a 1.52 ERA. King Felix will try to extend that streak against the Angels on April 6 at Safeco Field.

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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 27

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 / 19 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)

Game Recap
Erasmo Ramirez (4.0 IP), Jordan Pries (3.0 IP), Tyler Olson (1.0 IP) and Carson Smith (1.0 IP) combined on a 3-hit shutout to lead the Mariners to a 4-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics Wednesday afternoon in Cactus League play at Peoria Stadium.

Starting pitcher Erasmo Ramirez allowed one hit, a leadoff double in the first inning, in his 4.0 innings of work. The right-hander walked one and struck out a pair in his third spring start (1-0, 2.00 ERA). Jordan Pries added 3.0 scoreless innings allowing just a pair of hits (BB, 2 K) and Tyler Olson continued his dominating spring with a 1-2-3 8th inning. Olson has faced the minimum 21 batters over 7.0 innings (5 appearances) in Cactus League play. Smith fired a scoreless 9th to preserve the shutout.

The Mariners struck first with a single tally in the bottom of the 4th inning. Kyle Seager drilled a two-out double to right field and scored on a single to left by Justin Ruggiano.

With the pitching staff keeping the A’s in check, Seattle added three insurance runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to extend the lead to 4-0. James Jones, Stefen Romero and Patrick Kivlehan each recorded run-scoring singles in the frame.

Nine different Mariners recorded a hit in the win. Kyle Seager and Logan Morrison each tabbed their second doubles of the spring.

The Video Highlights From Today’s Game

If You Missed Today’s Game…
If you were not able to catch today’s game on MLB Network or ROOT SPORTS this afternoon, you can try to convince your boss to let you watch the games during work hours in the future, or you can catch the replay later tonight on ROOT SPORTS at 7 pm or tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 pm.

Don’t Walk Away During The Commercial Break
As you’re well aware, the Mariners television commercials were released this morning. If you haven’t checked them out already, be sure to check out the blog post from this morning. Or you can check out the coverage from MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez, The News Tribune’s Bob Dutton and The Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish.

Commercials

J.A. Happ Throws Simulated Game This Morning
Starter J.A. Happ threw against mostly Mariners minor leaguers this morning while building his pitch count up to 76. He pitched in five innings but his final pitching line was 4.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, BB, 5 K, HR while in a semi controlled environment while throwing 76 pitches, including 46 for strikes. The outing puts him in line to start on Tuesday, March 24th against the Padres in Peoria.


A Seinfeld Reunion

If you’re a Seinfeld fan, you must check out the blog for a blast from the past: “You Traded Jay Buhner for Ken Phelps?!?!

You traded Ken Phelps for Jay Buhner?!?!

You traded Ken Phelps for Jay Buhner?!?!

Speaking of Ken Phelps…
Ken Phelps and Jay Buhner both joined Mike Blowers and Aaron Goldsmith in the booth for part of today’s game. All we can say is that there was a lot of Major League power in the radio booth this afternoon. Let’s recap…Buhner hit 310 Major League home runs, Phelps hit 123, Blowers hit 78 and Goldsmith…well, he never even hit a home run during his Little League career.

Aaron Goldsmith, Jay Buhner, Ken Phelps and Mike Blowers worked the game today.

Aaron Goldsmith, Jay Buhner, Ken Phelps and Mike Blowers worked the game today.

And While We’re Talking About Jay Buhner…
Former Major Leaguer Tippy Martinez, who played 14 seasons with the Orioles Yankees and Twins, stopped by Mariners camp to chat with Mariners Hall of Famer Jay Buhner. You never know who might stop by in camp.

Tippy Martinez checks in with Jay Buhner.

Tippy Martinez checks in with Jay Buhner.

The Birthday Boy
Mariners closer Fernando Rodney turned a very young 38 years-of-age today. The arrows will be flying in celebration tonight!

Busy Media Day In The Clubhouse
Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal was in camp this morning checking in with various players in the clubhouse so be on the lookout for his thoughts on the Mariners in the next few days. Also in camp were Mike Ferrin and Jim Duquette from MLB Network Radio. You can listen to all of their interviews from Mariners camp by clicking the links below.

Robinson Cano discusses the new and improved Mariners lineup

Felix Hernandez discusses the new-look Mariners and his expectations for the season

Lloyd McClendon discusses the high expectations surrounding this years Mariners

Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik discusses the team’s improved lineup

Quote of the Day

“There was no acting necessary for that bit. It was just the love of life. I’m really grateful for the Mariners. They’ve given me the opportunity to be a big league pitcher and now a rock star. Two dreams that every kid wants to live.” – Tom Wilhelmsen on his performance during the “Hawt Corner” Mariners commercial.

Seinfeld Moment: You Traded Jay Buhner for Ken Phelps?!?!

You traded Ken Phelps for Jay Buhner?!?!

You traded Ken Phelps for Jay Buhner?!?!

One of the most famous sports moments in the long history of the award-winning sitcom Seinfeld involves a trade between the Mariners and Yankees – Jay Buhner for Ken Phelps.

Phelps is a resident of Arizona and has been helping out with the radio broadcasts during spring training. Buhner is in town for a few days helping as a guest instructor on the minor league side. And today the two got together to take a picture and chat about one of the legendary sports moments in Hollywood history. Here is The Bone and Digger talking about the famous episode:

In the episode titled The Caddy that debuted on Jan. 26, 1996, Frank Costanza had a legendary interaction with the actor-portrayed George Steinbrenner:

Frank: What the hell did you trade Jay Buhner for?!? He had 30 home runs, and over 100 RBIs last year. He’s got a rocket for an arm. You don’t know what the hell you’re doin’!

Steinbrenner: Well, Buhner was a good prospect, no question about it. But my baseball people loved Ken Phelps’ bat. They kept saying “Ken Phelps, Ken Phelps.”

Here is the video clip of the episode:

Phelps and Buhner joined the ROOT SPORTS broadcast during today’s Athletics-Mariners game in Peoria, where they discussed the baseball trade of Seinfeld lore.

Game Central – March 18 vs. Athletics

03.18.15 Lineups

Spring #15: Seattle Mariners (6-7-1) vs. Oakland Athletics (10-6-1) | 1:05 pm | Peoria Stadium
Starting Pitchers: RHP Erasmo Ramirez (0-0, 3.60) vs. LHP Drew Pomeranz (0-1, 1.80)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle will air today’s game on a delay at 7 pm…available live via mariners.com
TV: ROOT SPORTS will televise the game live in the Seattle market
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score of today’s game

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Mariners 2015 Commercials Are Out

A friendly game of target practice during BP tests Robinson Cano’s remarkable bat control, Felix Hernandez’s fiery game-day personality creates challenges for a team photo, teammates try to figure out where Fernando Rodney’s arrow lands, and an ‘80s hair band dedicated to third baseman Kyle Seager’s outstanding play at the “hot corner.” These are all among the scenarios for four new Seattle Mariners TV commercials.

Commercials

The commercials, shot on location during Spring Training, begin airing today during the broadcast of the Mariners vs. Oakland A’s game at the Peoria Sports Complex. (1:05pm first pitch). The game will be broadcast live on ROOT SPORTS. The commercials will run throughout the season on local and regional broadcast and cable channels. They can also be viewed starting today at www.mariners.com, where viewers can vote online for their favorite.

This year’s campaign features 12 players, manager Lloyd McClendon and coaches Howard Johnson and Chris Woodward.

“Where Did it Go?” – Featuring Fernando Rodney, Nelson Cruz, Logan Morrison. Fernando Rodney shoots an imaginary arrow into the air after each save. Logan Morrison and Nelson Cruz, who debate whether the “air arrow” is real, get a surprise when it lands.

“Bat Control” – Featuring Robinson Cano, Lloyd McClendon, Howard Johnson and Chris Woodward. Robinson Cano’s ability to hit to all fields is now well known to Mariners fans. Coaches Howard Johnson and Chris Woodward devise an experiment during batting practice to test his skill. Manager Lloyd McClendon gets involved with a tough assignment for Robbie, who hits it out of the park.

“Intensely Intense” – Featuring Felix Hernandez, J.A. Happ,. Hisashi Iwakuma, James Paxton and Mike Zunino. Felix gets pretty fired up while he’s pitching, especially when he gets a big out to end an inning. That intensity presents problems when Felix’s teammates try to take a group photo after practice.

“Hawt Corner” – Featuring Kyle Seager, Charlie Furbush, Tom Wilhelmsen and the band “Hawt Corner.” Gold Glove third baseman Kyle Seager is a bit embarrassed when an ‘80s “hair band” is inspired to celebrate his fielding prowess in song. Turns out bullpen mates Charlie Furbush and Tom Wilhelmsen are not only huge fans of Kyle’s, they’re “Hawt Corner’s” biggest fans, too.

AND…let’s not forget the bloopers and the official Hawt Corner music video.

As in year’s past, the commercials are the result of a creative collaboration between the Mariners and Seattle agency Copacino+Fujikado. The commercials are shot on location in Peoria, Arizona, and directed by Blue Goose Productions of Mercer Island.

Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 26

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 / 20 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)

Game Recap:
The Mariners allowed 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning and ended the game in a 5-5 tie with the White Sox. First baseman Logan Morrison went 2-for-3 with a triple and home run and starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma threw 4.0 scoreless innings to lead the Mariner, who are now 6-7-1 in spring training play. Here is the official box score from MLB.com and video highlights from the game:

Wear your Green:
The Mariners celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with the annual tradition of wearing green hats. Here is a picture of the hat pictured next to the jersey of today’s starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma.

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On the Back Fields:
James Paxton
, Tom Wilhelmsen and Fernando Rodney all threw in a minor league Intrasquad game today in Peoria. For Paxton, it was his second time facing live hitters this spring and the first time in a true game environment. Paxton threw 3.0  innings, allowing one run on 4 hits. Wilhelmsen threw a scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts and Rodney allowed one run in 2.0 innings. Danny Hultzen also pitched in the game striking out 3 in 2.0 innings.

Felix & Divish:
Seattle Times beat reporter Ryan Divish interviewed Felix Hernandez last week when Fox Sports was in camp to preview the Mariners. The 10-minute interview is scheduled to run on Fox Sports Live tonight.

Weather Report:
The first pitch temperature at Camelback Ranch was 86°, with the temperature rising to nearly 90° by mid-day. The concourse at Camelback Ranch was packed with fans seeking shade from the heat.

Meanwhile, on the Minor League Side:
While the Big League camp was quiet yesterday for the off day, minor league camp had its first full workout yesterday with 158 players taking the field. Today was a full day for the minor league side: pre-workout today included blood work and photo day, then the workout, and post-workout will include two sessions (English and Spanish) of media training. Here is a look at the games schedule for the minor league side which opens Saturday:

https://www.scribd.com/doc/258836750/2015-ST-MiLB-Schedule

Lots of TV Coming Up:
After today, 10 of the Mariners remaining 18 Cactus League games will be televised by ROOT SPORTS…two additional games, March 23 at LA Angels and March 27 at Kansas City, are scheduled to air on the MLB Network (check listings).

Nice Match-Up:
The Cubs announced their starting pitcher for Saturday’s 1:05 pm game in Mesa…and it will be a pretty good match-up with a pair of aces taking the mound. The Mariners will start RHP Felix Hernandez while the Cubs will counter with LHP Jon Lester. Here is a look at the upcoming probable pitchers:

Probable Pitchers

Roster Move:
The Mariners made one roster move today, optioning RHP Mayckol Guaipe to AAA Tacoma. The spring roster is currently at 50 players (36 roster, 14 non-roster).

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Game Central – March 17 at White Sox

03.17.15 Lineup

Spring #14: Seattle Mariners (6-7) at Chicago White Sox (5-7-2) | 1:05 pm | Camelback Ranch
Starting Pitchers: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Jeff Samardzija (1-0, 6.00)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle will air today’s game on a delay at 7 pm…available live via mariners.com
TV: No broadcast of today’s game on TV…White Sox will air a webcast via WhiteSox.com
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score of today’s game

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Opening Day King’s Court

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With Felix Hernandez scheduled to be the starting pitcher for Mariners Opening Day on April 6th, fans can register for a drawing for the chance to buy tickets in the King’s Court.

There are a limited number of seats available in the special seating section down the left field line. In order to be entered into the drawing, fans have to register at mariners.com/felix.

On Friday, March 27, names of those who registered will be drawn at random. Those selected will receive an email on Monday, March 30, with details on how to buy Opening Day King’s Court tickets. The price for each ticket is $55, including a King’s Court T-shirt and K Cloth.

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