Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 46

Friday, March 28, 2014 / 3 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 10 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)

Mariners Walk Off With Win In Final Peoria Spring Game of 2014

Minor league infielder Tyler Smith hit a game-tying two-run double in the bottom of the 9th inning and Nate Tenbrink delivered a walk-off single to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rockies Friday night in Cactus League exhibition play at Peoria Stadium.

The Mariners trailed 2-0 and were limited to 4 hits in the first innings before storming back for their 18th Cactus League victory. John Buck led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a fielding error by Rockies shortstop Josh Rutledge. Smith, who was the Mariners 8th round pick out of Oregon State last June, lined a double down the left field line to score pinch-runner John Hicks and Endy Chavez. After an intentional walk to Stefen Romero, Tenbrink lined a one-out single into right field for the game-winner.

Smith, who was the 2013 Appalachian League MVP for the Pulaski Mariners, is batting .571 (8×14) with 9 runs scored, one double, one triple, one home run and 6 RBI in 13 Cactus League games. Center fielder Abraham Almonte (1×2), second baseman Robinson Cano (1×3, 2B), third baseman Kyle Seager (1×3) and designated hitter Logan Morrison (1×3) also recorded hits.

Starting pitcher Roenis Elias made his final Cactus League start in preparation for his Major League debut next Thursday vs. the A’s in Oakland. The left-hander allowed a pair of runs, striking out 5 and walking 2 in 5.0 innings. Relief pitchers Yoervis Medina (2.0 IP, 3 K), Fernando Rodney (1.0 IP, H, BB) and Tom Wilhelmsen (1.0 IP, BB) held the Rockies scoreless the rest of the way.

The Rockies jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the 3rd inning. After a leadoff triple by pitcher Tyler Chatwood, a two-out double by shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and single by left fielder Carlos Gonzalez put the Rockies up 2-0. Chatwood left the game for a pinch-runner with a strained left hamstring and cramping.

Mariners Set 25-Man Roster
In case you didn’t see it, the Mariners have set the Opening Day 25-man roster. Here is the news release that went out today explaining the roster moves and who you will see in uniform when the team takes the field Monday in Anaheim.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (18-11-3) complete the Cactus League schedule with a game against the Colorado Rockies Saturday. You can hear all the action on 710 ESPN Seattle with Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith calling the action. The games will also be televised by ROOT SPORTS Northwest. Right-hander Chris Young is scheduled to start for the Mariners on Saturday against Rockies left-hander Franklyn Morales.

Single Game Tickets on Sale:
Single-game tickets for the 2014 Seattle Mariners season are currently on sale. Highlights of the 81-game home schedule include Opening Night (Tuesday, April 8 vs. Los Angeles Angels), Beard Hat Night, Turn Back The Clock Night, Bat Night, Lou Piniella’s induction into the Mariners Hall of Fame, three postgame fireworks shows, and a host of other special events and giveaways (available at this link mariners.com/promotions). Tickets will be available without a service charge at the Safeco Field Box Office and Seattle Mariners Team Stores. They’re also available at mariners.com, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers and by phone at 1-888-SEA-HITS (service charges apply).

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Mariners Set Opening Day Roster

In case you didn’t see it, the Mariners have set the Opening Day 25-man roster. Here is the news release that went out today explaining the roster moves and who you will see in uniform when the team takes the field Monday in Anaheim.

 

Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 45

Thursday, March 27, 2014 / 4 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 11 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)

Big Leaguers In Minor League Action
Starter James Paxton, outfielder Corey Hart and catcher John Buck each took part in an intrasquad game this afternoon, a game between the Triple- and Double-A Mariners squads.

Paxton tossed the equivalent of six innings and finished with a pitching line of 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR. Catcher John Buck was behind the plate for all six of Paxton’s innings and finished his day by going 4-for-5 with two runs, a double, two home runs, two RBI and a walk. Corey Hart went 2-for-7 and also reached base on an error.

When you go to a low-key instrasquad game where the mood is more relaxed, you’ll see a few things you don’t normally see. In the first inning, the umpire working the game took his time calling a fly ball heading towards foul territory before yelling “FOUL!” Buck good-naturedly mocked the umpire, walking up the line, leaning, and yelling “FOUL!” As he walked back to home plate, Buck and the umpire shared a smile and a high-five.

Later in the game, Corey Hart singled to left field and was replaced by a pinch-runner, but instead of leaving the field, he took the first base coach’s helmet and took his place in foul territory. A few pitches later, Jesus Montero rifled a foul ball past Hart’s head…let’s just say that Corey didn’t stay there very long.

Earlier in the game, James Paxton was pitching to Corey Hart with John Buck behind the plate, as you’ll see in the video below, Hart didn’t realize where the pop-up went so he didn’t move and Buck had a hard time finding it until he collided with the third baseman who had made the play. The third baseman, on the ground, said, “That’s a big dude!”

 

Six-foot, 10-inch Right-Hander Chris Young Joins Mariners

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Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced today the club has signed free agent right-handed pitcher Chris Young to a Major League contract.

Young will be in uniform (#53) and on the field on Friday when the Mariners host the Colorado Rockies.

To make room on the Major League 40-man roster, Bobby LaFromboise has been designated for assignment. Seattle now has 10 days to trade, release or outright LaFromboise’s contract to the minor leagues.

Young, 34, had spent this Spring Training with the Washington Nationals where he posted a 3.48 ERA (4 ER, 10.1 IP) with nine strikeouts in four games including two starts.

He spent the entire 2013 season in the Nationals minor league system, posting a record of 1-2 with a 6.81 ERA (28 ER, 37.0 IP) with 21 strikeouts in nine appearances, all starts with AAA Syracuse (7 GS), short-season Auburn (1 GS) and the Gulf Coast League Nationals (1 GS). He underwent a right shoulder thoracic outlet decompression procedure on June 11 which was performed by Dr. Robert Thompson.

The 6-foot-10 right-hander is the second-tallest player (tied) in Major League history and is the same height as Mariners great Randy Johnson.

Young is a veteran of nine Major League seasons with the Rangers (2004-2005), Padres (2006-2010) and Mets (2012) where he has combined to go 53-43 with a 3.79 ERA (375 ER, 890.2 IP) in 159 career starts and was an All-Star with San Diego in 2007. He began his professional career in 2000 in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization before being traded to the Montreal Expos before the 2003 season.

He earned a B.A. in politics from Princeton where he played baseball and two seasons of basketball and was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year in both sports in 1999.

Minor League Game, Major League Autographs
After Paxton, Buck and Corey Hart left the minor league game, plenty of fans were able to walk right up and get a few autographed items.

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What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (17-11-3) will play a home-and-away set against the Colorado Rockies on Friday and Saturday. You can hear all the action for both games on 710 ESPN Seattle with Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith calling the action. The games will also be televised by ROOT SPORTS Northwest. Left-hander Roenis Elias is scheduled to start for the Mariners on Friday against Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood.

Single Game Tickets on Sale:
Single-game tickets for the 2014 Seattle Mariners season are currently on sale. Highlights of the 81-game home schedule include Opening Night (Tuesday, April 8 vs. Los Angeles Angels), Beard Hat Night, Turn Back The Clock Night, Bat Night, Lou Piniella’s induction into the Mariners Hall of Fame, three postgame fireworks shows, and a host of other special events and giveaways (available at this link mariners.com/promotions). Tickets will be available without a service charge at the Safeco Field Box Office and Seattle Mariners Team Stores. They’re also available at mariners.com, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers and by phone at 1-888-SEA-HITS (service charges apply).

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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 44

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 / 5 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 12 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)

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Game Recap vs. Texas Rangers

Despite a strong start from right-hander Erasmo Ramirez and a long home run from Justin Smoak that snapped a scoreless tie in the sixth inning, Seattle dropped a 5-3 decision at the Texas Rangers in front of 7,621 fans at Surprise Stadium Wednesday in Cactus League play.

Ramirez scattered three hits in five-plus innings of work, striking out six and not walking a man. The only run he allowed came when a runner he left on base scored off of the bullpen. Ramirez finished the Cactus League season with a 1.14 earned run average.

Following the game, manager Lloyd McClendon said that Ramirez “is my number two starter.”

After Rangers starter Colby Lewis tossed 5.0 shutout innings of his own, Seattle broke through for three runs in the top of the sixth inning, keyed by a long home run to right field by first baseman Justin Smoak. It was Smoak’s third homer of the spring and he finished the game 1-for-3 to raise his average to a solid .311.

Seattle added a third run in the 6th inning, as Michael Saunders bunted his way aboard, Nick Franklin followed with a base hit to right field, and Dustin Ackley collected an RBI single.

The Rangers answered with four runs in the bottom of the sixth off reliever Charlie Furbush (0-2). Furbush allowed 3 runs on 3 hits, including a home run by Kevin Kouzmanoff, in one inning of work. Texas added one more run in the seventh off of Joe Beimel.

Danny Farquhar pitched a scoreless eighth inning to keep the game close, but Seattle was unable to score in the ninth.

 

Sports Illustrated Cover: Robinson Cano
Sports Illustrated’s 2014 MLB season preview is here, and Mariners slugger Robinson Cano graces one of the regional covers. The other players who share the distinction include the Yankees Masahiro Tanaka, the Cardinals Yadier Molina and the Angels Mike Trout.

ROOT SPORTS Northwest Coverage
ROOT Sports Northwest will carry the two final games of the spring vs. the Rockies March 28-29. Both telecasts will be joint productions of ROOT Northwest and Rocky Mountain. Dave Sims will be the lead announcer on Friday, March 28; the Rockies lead announcer will handle Saturday, March 29. Mike Blowers and the Rockies analyst will be in the booth for both games.

The Mariners games on Friday and Saturday will be televised by ROOT SPORTS.

The Mariners games on Friday and Saturday will be televised by ROOT SPORTS.

Getting Lonely In The Desert
Not counting the home-state Diamondbacks (and their Cubs opponent), come Friday, the Mariners and Colorado Rockies will be the only teams left in sunny Arizona. Most other teams are off to either their Opening Day cities or minor league towns around the country. In previous years, Seattle has played games in Albuquerque and Salt Lake City before starting the Championship season but this year will stay in the desert before heading to Anaheim on Saturday night.

Desert

Boxes, Boxes & More Boxes
With spring training quickly coming to a close, everybody in camp including players and staff are busy packing everything up to make sure everything gets on the shipping truck back to Seattle. It’s a difficult task when you don’t know which players are going where, how much you need, what you need on the opening road trip…oh, and you have to ship cars to various locations as well. Ryan Stiles, Billy Sepich, Jeff Bopp, Pete Fortune and Chris DeWitt do a great job of making sure the team only has to worry about getting ready for the game and this is one part of it.

Billy Sepich works on getting things packed up as Spring Training comes to a close.

Billy Sepich works on getting things packed up as Spring Training comes to a close.

Game Highlights

 

Cactus League Report
The final Cactus League Report of 2014 will air tonight from 7-8 pm on 710 ESPN Seattle and will be hosted by Matt Pitman. Guests will include: Jack Zduriencik, Felix Hernandez, Logan Morrison, Michael Saunders and Mariners Senior Director of Marketing Gregg GreeneAaron Goldsmith, Rick Rizzs and Mike Blowers will have a Round Table discussion as well.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (17-11-3) will have a day off on Thursday before playing a home-and-away set against the Colorado Rockies on Friday and Saturday. You can hear all the action for both games on 710 ESPN Seattle with Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith calling the action. The games will also be televised by ROOT SPORTS Northwest. Left-hander Roenis Elias is scheduled to start for the Mariners on Friday against Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood.

Single Game Tickets on Sale:
Single-game tickets for the 2014 Seattle Mariners season are currently on sale. Highlights of the 81-game home schedule include Opening Night (Tuesday, April 8 vs. Los Angeles Angels), Beard Hat Night, Turn Back The Clock Night, Bat Night, Lou Piniella’s induction into the Mariners Hall of Fame, three postgame fireworks shows, and a host of other special events and giveaways (available at this link mariners.com/promotions). Tickets will be available without a service charge at the Safeco Field Box Office and Seattle Mariners Team Stores. They’re also available at mariners.com, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers and by phone at 1-888-SEA-HITS (service charges apply).

 

Mariners Groundskeeper Shares Expertise in Korea

Mariners groundskeeper Tim Wilson helps the crew from the LG Twins in Seoul build a new home plate area

Mariners groundskeeper Tim Wilson helps the crew from the LG Twins in Seoul build a new home plate area

What does a Mariners groundskeeper do when he’s not tending to Safeco Field? He travels halfway around the world to work at someone else’s ballpark.

Mariners Assistant Groundskeeper Tim Wilson is just back from a trip to Korea where he consulted at four pro stadiums. Wilson spent nine days in Korea in early March working with crews from the Samsung Lions in Taegu City, the NC Dinos of Changwon City, LG Twins in Seoul and Seoul Olympic Stadium.

In total, Wilson helped build 13 pitchers mounds (field and bullpen), set four home plate cutouts, finish-graded dirt infields, set bases, and consulted on grass and turf care and maintenance.

Wilson got the gig on a referral from his friend Luke Yoder, who is the head groundskeeper for the San Diego Padres. When Wilson got the offer he jumped at the chance to go.

Mariners Asst. Groundskeeper Tim Wilson trains a crew from the LG Twins in Seoul.

Mariners Asst. Groundskeeper Tim Wilson trains a crew from the LG Twins in Seoul.

“It was an honor to represent Major League Baseball and the Seattle Mariners and do what I could to help out a few teams in Korea. I was treated like a VIP the entire trip, not only by my interpreter and driver, but by each team and staff I was able to meet with,” says Wilson.

By coincidence, while Wilson was in Changwon City he got word that the Dinos had just signed former Mariners outfielder Eric Thames. Put that one in the “small world” folder.

Wilson had a chance to go to Australia to do some consulting with teams there. Unfortunately, the schedule didn’t work out. But he’s already agreed to go back to Korea in the fall to help with three new stadiums being built there.

“It’s exciting to see how professional baseball is expanding worldwide and the art of groundskeeping and field maintenance is improving as well,” says Wilson.

While in Korea consulting with stadium grounds crews there, Mariners Asst. Groundskeeper Tim Wilson did a little sightseeing.

While in Korea consulting with stadium grounds crews there, Mariners Asst. Groundskeeper Tim Wilson did a little sightseeing.

Mariners Game Central – March 26 at Texas

03.26.14 Lineups

Spring #31: Seattle Mariners (17-10-3) at Texas Rangers (9-15-3) | 12:05 pm | Surprise Stadium
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Erasmo Ramirez (3-0, 0.96) vs. RHP Colby Lewis (0-0, 18.00)
Radio: Radio coverage on 710 ESPN Seattle (delay until 7 pm) and on Mariners.com (live)
TV: No TV today
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with play-by-play data

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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 43

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 / 6 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 13 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)

Game Recap vs. Kansas City Royals

Seattle used a 14-hit attack to back up Felix Hernandez and cruise past the Kansas City Royals 9-6 in Cactus League action in front of 8,296 fans at Surprise Stadium.

Hernandez completed his final start of the spring by tossing 5.0 innings while striking out six. After giving up two runs in the first inning, he settled down to retire the next ten batters. Hernandez will start on Opening Night on Monday against the Angels in Anaheim.

The Mariners offense gave Felix all of the support that he needed by scoring nine runs in the first four innings including a six-run third frame. After Mike Zunino tied the game with a solo home run in the second inning, the third inning featured a leadoff double by Brad Miller, a two-run home run by Stefen Romero and RBI hits by Dustin Ackley, Zunino and Abraham Almonte to build an 8-2 advantage. Seattle capped its scoring on an RBI single by Romero in the fourth inning.

Romero finished the game 3-for-4 with a run scored, a home run and three RBI and on the spring is hitting .296 (16×54) with 10 runs, 3 doubles, 2 triples, four home runs and 13 RBI in 21 games after starting the spring 0-for-his-first-16.

Miller continued his hot hitting by going 3-for-4 with two runs and two doubles. On the spring he is hitting 436 (24×55) with 17 runs, 6 doubles, 4 triples, 4 home runs and 10 RBI in 18 games. First baseman Justin Smoak recorded his third straight multi-hit game and has quietly put together a solid spring with a .310 (18×58) batting average, a .382 on-base percentage and a .517 slugging percentage.

Reliever Dominic Leone allowed a single run in the sixth before Yoervis Medina (7th), Carson Smith (8th) each tossed scoreless innings. Ramon Ramirez allowed two runs in the ninth before closing out the game for Seattle.

Video Highlights

Mike Zunino Solo Home Run

Stefen Romero Two-Run Home Run
Justin Smoak Opens Scoring With RBI Single

 

Felix Hernandez Final Tune-Up

Felix's next start will be on Opening Night in Anaheim.

Felix’s next start will be on Opening Night in Anaheim.

A sign that the season is quickly approaching arrived today as Felix Hernandez took the mound for his final start of the spring. Felix’s next scheduled start will be on Opening Night on Monday in Anaheim against the Angels. Felix is ready. Are you?

Quick! Turn On Your TV!

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If you’re reading this soon after it was posted, turn on MLB Network (at 8 pm PST) to watched a delayed airing of tonight’s Mariners game against the Kansas City Royals. As an added bonus, Felix Hernandez started the game.

On The Back Fields

Brandon Maurer got his work in during the minor league game.

Brandon Maurer got his work in during the minor league game.

Several pitchers saw work in minor leagues games this afternoon…RH Taijuan Walker threw the equivalent of 3.0 innings, throwing 48 pitches (36 strikes), LH Joe Beimel (13 pitches), RH Brandon Maurer (19 pitches), RH Fernando Rodney (2.0 IP, 25 pitches) and RH Stephen Pryor (17 pitches) all saw action. The outings drew a large crowd of fans, players, scouts and staff to field six.

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High School Reunion

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Some familiar faces showed up to field six to watch Taijuan Walker throw in a minor league game this afternoon. Taijuan’s old high school baseball program is in Arizona for a tournament and decided to stop by to say hi. After he was done pitching, he spent 20 minutes talking to the coaches, players and families and then took pictures for everyone that wanted one. I bet they’re proud.

Birthday Boys

Birthday

Catcher Mike Zunino (23) and catching coordinator Dan Wilson (45) celebrated birthdays today. Assistant Athletic Trainer Rob Nodine (49) celebrates a birthday
tomorrow.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (16-10-3) will play a day game on Wednesday against the Texas Rangers at Surprise Stadium. You can hear all the action on a delayed basis on 710 ESPN Seattle with Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith calling the action. Right-hander Erasmo Ramirez is scheduled to start for the Mariners vs. Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis.

Single Game Tickets on Sale:
Single-game tickets for the 2014 Seattle Mariners season are currently on sale. Highlights of the 81-game home schedule include Opening Night (Tuesday, April 8 vs. Los Angeles Angels), Beard Hat Night, Turn Back The Clock Night, Bat Night, Lou Piniella’s induction into the Mariners Hall of Fame, three postgame fireworks shows, and a host of other special events and giveaways (available at this link mariners.com/promotions). Tickets will be available without a service charge at the Safeco Field Box Office and Seattle Mariners Team Stores. They’re also available at mariners.com, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers and by phone at 1-888-SEA-HITS (service charges apply).

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Mariners Game Information – March 25 at KC Royals

03.25.14 Lineups

Spring #30: Seattle Mariners (16-10-3) at Kansas City Royals (11-13-2) | 6:05 pm | Surprise Stadium
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Felix Hernandez (1-0, 4.32) vs. LHP Bruce Chen (0-3, 4.05)
Radio: Radio coverage on 710 ESPN Seattle and on Mariners.com
TV: FSN Kansas City and MLB.tv…delayed until 8 pm on MLB Network in Seattle
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with play-by-play data

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Mariners Care – A Side of Mariners Baseball You Don’t Always See

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You hear a lot from professional athletes and even sports teams talk about how they want to “give back to the community.” Here at the Seattle Mariners, we take our responsibility to be good corporate citizens seriously.

Through our Community Relations Department and our non-profit foundation, Mariners Care, we are able to channel resources to over 1,500 worthy causes and organizations. Since 2000, Mariners Care has helped raise over $14.8 million to benefit primarily youth-oriented community service programs. And each season, we are proud that every member of the Mariners team participates in our community programs.

If you’d like to learn more about the specific programs, such as our annual golf tournament to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, or the Refuse to Abuse® 5k Run/Walk that benefits the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, or any of the dozens of programs, fundraiser and community outreach efforts we take part in, you can find the entire Mariners Care Community Report at this link.

Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 42

Monday, March 24, 2014 / 7 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 14 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)

Game Recap vs. White Sox:

Despite a 2-for-4 game with 4 RBI from second baseman Robinson Cano, the Mariners dropped a 7-6 decision to the Chicago White Sox Monday afternoon in Cactus League play at Peoria Stadium.

The Mariners dropped to 16-10-3 with the loss, and have four spring training games remaining before the start of the 2014 regular season March 31 at the Los Angeles Angels.

Cano finished 2-for-4, including a three-run double in the bottom of the 7th inning. In 15 Cactus League games, Cano is batting .465 (20×43) with 4 doubles and 13 RBI. Dustin Ackley went 1-for-3 with a double and RBI.

Blake Beavan (2-2) suffered the loss allowing 7 hits and 7 runs in 5.1 innings, and allowed a pair of home runs. Relievers Tom Wilhelmsen (1.2 IP, H, 2 K), Charlie Furbush (1.1 IP, 4 K) and Danny Farquhar (0.2 IP, H, K) did not allow a run over the final 3.2 innings.

The White Sox did most of their damage in a five-run second inning. Second baseman Marcus Semien hit a three-run home run off Beavan. Designated hitter Paul Konerko also hit a two-run home run off Beavan in the 6th inning. White Sox starter Erik Johnson (1-1) earned the win allowing 4 hits and 3 runs in 6.0 innings.

 

Hisashi Iwakuma Played Catch…With A Baseball

Media gathers to watch Hisashi Iwakuma play catch.

Media gathers to watch Hisashi Iwakuma play catch.

It doesn’t sound that exciting but Hisashi Iwakuma continues to make progress from a finger injury and today he played catch with the rest of the Mariners pitchers. A healthy crowd of Japanese and American media, roughly 15 strong, went out to field six on the Mariners side of the Peoria Sports Complex and watched Hisashi make 43 throws to interpreter Antony Suzuki. He told MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez that, “It’s getting better day by day,” he said. “I don’t have that range of motion yet and I don’t know how long it will take, but it’s getting there. It’s a slow progression.”

 

Baseball Tonight’s Top 10

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Recently, Baseball Tonight rated Robinson Cano as the top second baseman in baseball and Felix Hernandez as the top right-handed pitcher in baseball. Using a 0-to-100 scale, they evaluated the players based only on how well they will perform in 2014.

Top 5

Autograph Alley
Want to meet the Mariners and get an autograph? We’ve written in before and we’ll write it again. Spring Training is the easiest place to get up close and personal with your favorite players since they walk through public areas to get from the fields to the clubhouse. Come check it out and say hello.

Autograph Alley 

Video Highlights:

Robinson Cano 3-Run Double (7th inning)

 

Dustin Ackley RBI Double (2nd inning)

 

Photo of the Day

Robinson Cano takes some swings in the cage before the game.

Robinson Cano takes some swings in the cage before the game.

 

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (16-9-3) will play a night game on Tuesday against the Kansas City Royals at Surprise Stadium. You can hear all the action on 710 ESPN Seattle with Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith calling the action. The game will also be televised by MLB Network on a two hour delay starting at 8 pm PST. Right-hander Felix Hernandez is scheduled to start for the Mariners vs. Royals left-hander Bruce Chen.

Single Game Tickets on Sale:
Single-game tickets for the 2014 Seattle Mariners season are currently on sale. Highlights of the 81-game home schedule include Opening Night (Tuesday, April 8 vs. Los Angeles Angels), Beard Hat Night, Turn Back The Clock Night, Bat Night, Lou Piniella’s induction into the Mariners Hall of Fame, three postgame fireworks shows, and a host of other special events and giveaways (available at this link mariners.com/promotions). Tickets will be available without a service charge at the Safeco Field Box Office and Seattle Mariners Team Stores. They’re also available at mariners.com, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers and by phone at 1-888-SEA-HITS (service charges apply).

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