Mariners Game Central – March 20 at Cubs

03.20.14 Lineup

Spring #24: Seattle Mariners (14-6-3) at Chicago Cubs (10-13) | 1:05 pm | Cubs Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Erasmo Ramirez (2-0, 1.42) vs. RHP Jeff Samardzija (0-0, 6.39)
Radio: Live Radio coverage via Mariners.com (for subscribers) and on 710 ESPN Seattle on tape delay at 8 pm
TV: MLB.tv for subscribers (Cubs broadcast) and MLB Network (delayed at 11 pm PT)
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with play-by-play data

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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 36

Robinson Cano returned to the lineup and went 1-for-4 with 2 RBI.

Robinson Cano returned to the lineup and went 1-for-4 with 2 RBI.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 / 12 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 20 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)

Game Recap vs. the Brewers:
The Mariners dropped a 9-7 game to the Brewers in Cactus League play [Box Score]. After entering the day having allowed only 12 home runs in 22 spring games, the Brewers hit 5 home runs, including 4 off starter Blake Beavan. Brad Miller continued his torrid streak at the plate going 3-for-4 with 2 triples and a walk, and is batting .447 (17×38) with 1 doubles, 4 triples, 4 home runs, 13 runs scored and 8 RBI in 13 games. Kyle Seager and Mike Zunino also hit their first home runs of the spring. Here is an updated look at the Mariners spring training stats. Here are some photos from today’s game taken by the Associated Press:

Peoria Complex Tour:
The new clubhouse and baseball operations facility in Peoria, Ariz., is a little over a month old, and has been a great addition to the Mariners family. The state-of-the-art clubhouse, training and rehabilitation facilities has drawn rave reviews from players and visitors alike. Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik gave a video tour you can check out below:

Cano Ranks as Top Second Baseman:
ESPN formed a panel of MLB writers, analysts and contributors to rank the top 100, and to start with, unveiled top 10 lists for every position. The top 100 will be announced on March 27 with a special edition of Baseball Tonight. Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano checked in as the top second baseman in their rankings.

Cactus League Report:
The Cactus League report will air tonight on 710 ESPN from 7-8 pm on 710 ESPN Seattle and will include interviews with James Paxton, Nick Franklin, Dominic Leone, Willie Bloomquist and Fox Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal. Today’s game vs. the Brewers will air on a delay starting at 8 pm following the Cactus League Report.

Big Radio Day:
The Mariners were well-represented on sports radio in Seattle today. Dustin Ackley joined Mitch in the Morning on KJR 950 AM this morning. Nick Franklin and Jack Zduriencik were guests of Bob & Groz on 710 ESPN Seattle. Logan Morrison is scheduled to join Brock & Danny tomorrow morning on 710 ESPN Seattle. You can catch up on all Mariners radio interviews from spring training via the Podcast page on this blog.

Happy Birthday:
It was a busy day for birthdays in Mariners camp today. Senior Director of Baseball Information Tim Hevly, video coordinator Jimmy Hartley and Special Projects International Coordinator Ted Heid all celebrated birthday’s today.

Walker Throws Again:
Taijuan Walker threw another bullpen this morning, and again felt great. Walker said he threw 40 pitches, facing what he called “imaginary hitters”, including 10 curveballs. Walker said it was the best he has felt on a mound so far and is eager to get into game action. Seattle Times beat writer Ryan Divish posted some video on his blog of Taijuan throwing this morning.

Camp Guests:
Brad Adam
of ROOT SPORTS enjoyed his first full day in camp, interviewing players and showing off his golf swing. Brad was even nice enough to buy a round of milkshakes for the Baseball Information staff. Tracy Ringolsby of MLB.com spent the morning in camp and caught up with Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik. A host of Milwaukee reporters stopped by the morning workout to catch up with former Brewer Corey Hart. Brewers PR guru Mike Vassallo also stopped by to say hi to former Brewer (and talk Star Wars) with Randy Wolf.

Instagram of the Day:

The Ball Was Flying:
The Mariners and Brewers combined for 7 home runs in today’s game. Kyle Seager and Mike Zunino each hit their first spring home runs, bringing the Mariners Cactus League total to 22.

Baseball America Top Rookies to Watch:
Baseball America published a story this morning with 20 rookies to watch for during the 2014 season. On the list were a pair of Mariners, with RHP Taijuan Walker checking in at No. 12 and LHP James Paxton at No. 19.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (14-6-3) return to Cactus League tomorrow afternoon vs. the Chicago Cubs in Mesa. The Mariners will be making their first visit to Cubs Park on the Mesa/Tempe border. RHP Erasmo Ramirez (2-0, 1.42) is scheduled to make his fifth spring appearance (4th start) against Cubs Opening Day starter RHP Jeff Samardzija (0-0, 6.39). RHP Felix Hernandez will start in a minor league game vs. the Brewers in Peoria.

Tweets of the Day:

Mariners Game Central – March 19

Lineup Spring #23: Seattle Mariners (14-5-3) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (9-12) | 1:05 pm | Peoria Stadium

Video Rewind: Mariners vs. Padres

Here are some video highlights from the Mariners and Padres 5-5 tie last night:

Brad Miller Solo HR:

Dustin Ackley Outfield Assist:

Endy Chavez RBI Single:

Willie Bloomquist RBI Single and Scores on Error:

Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 35

Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 35:

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 / 13 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 21 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)

Game Recap vs. the Padres:

Justin Smoak, Kyle Seager and Brad Miller prepare to take the field.

Justin Smoak, Kyle Seager and Brad Miller prepare to take the field.

Brad Miller went 3-for-4 and fell a triple short of hitting for the cycle as the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres played to a 5-5 tie Tuesday evening in Cactus League play at Peoria Stadium.

The Mariners are 14-5-3 in Cactus League play, with a little under two weeks remaining until the start of the regular season March 31 at Los Angeles Angels.

Miller, who started at second base for the first time this spring, hit a solo home run in the 3rd inning, singled in the 7th and doubled in the 8th inning. He is batting .412 (14×34) with 11 runs scored, 7 extra-base hits (2B – 1, 3B – 2, HR – 4) and 8 RBI in 12 Cactus League games.

Starting pitcher Randy Wolf tossed 4.0 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits and 2 walks, to go with 3 strikeouts. Left-hander Charlie Furbush worked a perfect 5th inning with one strikeout.

The Mariners took the early lead on a Miller solo home run in the bottom of the 3rd inning. The solo blast was Miller’s team-leading 4th home run of the spring (tied for 2nd-most in the Cactus League).

San Diego took a 2-1 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the 6th inning. Jedd Gyorko drove in a run with a double down the left field line and the go-ahead run came into score on a passed ball.

After Seattle evened the score in the 7th inning on a Justin Smoak sacrifice fly, the Padres retook a 4-2 lead with a pair of runs (1 ER) off closer Fernando Rodney.

The Mariners took a 5-4 lead with a wild three-run 8th inning. Endy Chavez and Willie Bloomquist recorded two-out, RBI singles, and Bloomquist came around to score when he advance to second on the throw and scored on a throwing error by Padres catcher Austin Hedges.

San Diego tied the game with a run off Dominic Leone in the 9th inning to secure the Mariners third tie of the spring.

Doesn’t Matter Where He Plays, He Just Hits
Brad Miller made his first start of the spring at second base tonight, as Nick Franklin got the start at shortstop. The position shift didn’t seem to phase Brad: he was 3-for-4 with a LONG solo homer to give Seattle an early lead and a double. The home run was Brad’s fourth of the spring, placing him among the Cactus League leaders.

Brad Miller got his first start of the spring at second base tonight.

Brad Miller got his first start of the spring at second base tonight.

And Then There Were 39…
One roster move today, as outfielder Cole Gillespie was re-assigned to minor league camp. The move left Seattle with 39 players in camp, 29 roster players and 10 non-roster invitees.

Guests In Camp
We had an influx of national media arrive in Mariners camp this afternoon, well, a trio at least. Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal, USA Today’s Paul White and Bob Nightengale made the rounds today, speaking with GM Jack Zduriencik, Manager Lloyd McClendon as well as multiple players about the upcoming season. Be on the lookout for their reports from camp and we’ll post things as we see them.

Pryor Throws Live BP:
RHP Stephen Pryor threw a round of live batting practice today, and said he felt great. Pryor is working his way back from a torn lat muscle that forced him to miss most of last season. He said he threw 35 pitches, with zero limitations. Pitching coach Rick Waits caught up with us today and said he looked great on the mound, and hopes to get him in some type of game action this weekend.

Walker Takes Mound Again Tomorrow:
Manager Lloyd McClendon said RHP Taijuan Walker will throw another bullpen tomorrow, scheduled for around 50 pitches. McClendon said Walker has been feeling great after his last few throwing sessions, and will work in some breaking pitches tomorrow.

Brackets, Get Your Brackets
With the NCAA tournament about to get started, and tons of people (players, staff, media) in camp, there is a lot of talk going around about the tournament, who is going to advance and who is going to get upset in the Big Dance. We’ll go around tomorrow and ask the guys who their favorites are but we have a feeling where some of their allegiances may lie as is the case with Kyle Seager and Dustin Ackley.

Look Ma, I’m On TV!
With the Mariners game being on television tonight, viewers got a chance to see two of their favorite players interviewed during the game against the Padres. After playing the first half of the game and getting in some at-bats, Justin Smoak and Mike Zunino threw on the headset and spent a few minutes chatting with the ROOT SPORTS Northwest gang.

Justin Smoak (r) and Mike Zunino (l) took time to check in with the ROOT Sports broadcast.

Justin Smoak (L) and Mike Zunino (R) took time to check in with the ROOT Sports broadcast.

Mariners Radio Podcasts
Shortstop Brad Miller joined Wyman, Mike and Moore this afternoon on ESPN 710 Seattle and you can listen to the podcast by clicking here. Also, be sure to tune in to KJR 950 at 8 am Wednesday morning as left fielder Dustin Ackley joins the Mitch in the Morning show to talk about getting ready for the season. If you miss it, check out our podcasts on the side of this blog to catch up.

Too Bad it’s not July 7th
First pitch for tonight’s game came at 7:07 pm. The game-time temperature was 77 degrees.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (14-5-3) will play a day game on Wednesday against the Milwaukee Brewers at Peoria Stadium. You can hear all the action on 710 ESPN Seattle with Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith calling the action. Right-hander Blake Beavan is scheduled to start for the Mariners vs. Brewers right-hander Wily Peralta.

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 Central – March 18

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Spring #21: Seattle Mariners (14-5-2) vs. San Diego Padres (6-11-3) | 7:05 pm | Peoria Stadium
Pitching Match-Ups: LHP Randy Wolf (0-0, 6.00) vs. RHP Josh Johnson (0-1, 4.00)
Radio: Live Radio coverage on 710 ESPN Seattle and via Mariners.com (for subscribers)
TV: ROOT SPORTS NW and MLB.tv.
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with play-by-play data

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Alvin Davis Honored By Arizona State Baseball

Alvin Davis was honored this past weekend for his contributions to the ASU Baseball program.

Alvin Davis was honored this past weekend for his contributions to the ASU Baseball program.

Mr. Mariner & Arizona State University Sports Hall of Famer Alvin Davis, along with Bert Martinez and 1995 NLCS MVP Mike Devereaux were honored this past weekend as part of the baseball programs celebration of the 1980′s at Packard Stadium. 

Davis, Devereaux, Martinez Headline 1980s Weekend

“The 1980s was an incredible era in Sun Devil Baseball and one that I am very proud to have been a part of, but even more so one that I am proud to be able to recognize this weekend,” says head coach Tim Esmay, who played for the Devils from 1986-87. “This group made five trips to the College World Series, helped usher our program from the Western Athletic Conference into the Pac-10 Conference and won more than 450 games. And on an individual level, there were two National Players of the Year, more than 15 All-Americans, and some of the greatest to ever wear the Maroon and Gold.”

Davis (1979-82), who had his No. 9 honored by ASU in 2006 and was inducted into the ASU Sports Hall of Fame in 1987, knocked in 200 runs and hit .362 in his four-year career with the Devils. He earned First-Team All-Conference honors in each of the three seasons he started at ASU, including one at designated hitter and two at first base, and was the starting first baseman on the 1981 National Championship team. He was named the 1982 Pac-10 Player of the Year, as well as a Second-Team All-American and Academic All-American.

Davis was a sixth-round pick of the Seattle Mariners in the 1982 MLB Draft and went on to win the 1984 American League Rookie of the Year Award. He played nine seasons in the Majors and was an All-Star in 1984.

Click here to check out the video of the pre-game ceremony: Tip Your Cap To The 80′s

Tonight’s Mariners Mondays Episode – Great Comebacks

2014 Mariners Mondays - Ep 11There was no game today, but you can still get your baseball fix by tuning in to tonight’s Mariners Mondays episode on ROOT SPORTS. Tonight, we’ll look at five great comebacks from the 2013 season. Here’s a quick look at the games being played on the show (click the link for a recap of each game):

June 5 vs. White Sox

June 28 vs. Cubs

August 7 vs. Blue Jays

September 4 vs. Royals

September 6 vs. Rays

Mariners Mondays airs tonight, March 17, at 7:30 pm, right after Mariners All Access. Mariners Mondays episodes air weekly on ROOT SPORTS during Spring Training, building to the March 31 season opener against the Los Angeles Angels.

Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 33

Sunday, March 16, 2014 / 15 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 23 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)

Game Recap vs. the Angels:

Mariners celebrate after a 5-3 win over the Angels.

Mariners celebrate after a 5-3 win over the Angels.

Behind the strong starting pitching of Roenis Elias and timely offense, the Seattle Mariners defeated the Los Angeles Angels 5-3 Sunday in front of a sold-out crowd of 9,628 at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Roenis Elias (3-0) made his first start of the spring, and tossed 5.0 strong innings to pick up the win. The left-hander allowed just one run on two hits while striking out a pair of Angels. He used just 62 pitches to navigate the Angels offense.

The Mariners jumped to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, stringing together four hits, including RBI singles by Michael Saunders (scoring Kyle Seager) and Dustin Ackley (scoring Justin Smoak).

Seattle added another pair of runs in the sixth inning as Ackley reached on an error, and Mike Zunino walked. Ackley scored on a sacrifice fly by Willie Bloomquist and Zunino came around to score on a two-out double by Endy Chavez.

The first four Seattle runs (two earned) came off Angels starter C.J. Wilson (0-2), who was tagged with the loss.

Seattle’s final run came on a solo home run by minor league call-up Tyler Smith in the eighth inning.

Relievers Zach Miner (2.0 IP, 1 ER), Lucas Luetge (1.0 IP, 0 ER) and Yoervis Medina (1.0 IP, 1 R, 0 ER) closed out the game for Seattle, with Medina recording his first save of the spring.

Special Guests In Camp
Mariners great Edgar Martinez arrived in camp today and Jay Buhner will arrive tomorrow. Both will work as special instructors with the Major and minor league teams. Martinez spent his entire 18 year career with Seattle (1987-2004) and Buhner spent 14 in Seattle (1988-2001).

Edgar Martinez arrived in camp today to work with Major and minor leaguers.

Edgar Martinez arrived in camp today to work with Major and minor leaguers.

Roenis Elias Impresses
Starter Roenis Elias was pretty impressive in his five innings of work today, especially considering that he was facing an Angels lineup that featured many of their regulars including Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, David Freese, Howie Kendrick, Erick Aybar and Chris Iannetta. Elias allowed just two hits, a triple and a single, both to Erick Aybar. You can check out the post-outing media session with Roenis (in Spanish) here: 


Roenis Elias talks to the media after an impressive performance against the Angels.

Roenis Elias talks to the media after an impressive performance against the Angels.

Taijuan Walker Progressing
Taijuan Walker continues to make progress as he works his way back from bursitis and today completed a 40-pitch bullpen session that included fastballs, change-ups and two-seamers. After working on his shoulder exercises, he made his way to the clubhouse where he spoke to the media and told them he “felt great.”

Taijuan Walker threw a 40-pitch bullpen session this morning.

Taijuan Walker threw a 40-pitch bullpen session this morning.

RAUUUUUUUL!
The Mariners saw a familiar face after walking from the parking lot to the visiting dugout. Down the right field line, several players, trainers and staff members made sure to stop and say hi to Raul Ibañez, one of the most popular players in club history. Raul has always been a strong leader and has worked extremely hard to be the best that he can be on the field, even at the age of 41.

Raul Ibanez made sure to say hi to his old Mariners friends.

Raul Ibanez made sure to say hi to his old Mariners friends.

Getting Familiar
For the third time this spring, the Mariners faced C.J. Wilson in a spring game. It raised a few eyebrows in the press room, mostly because you don’t always want a team getting too many looks at a starter that they will be facing often during the regular season. Wilson previously faced Seattle on March 1 & 11 and will likely face us during the first regular season series.

Baker’s Dozen Plus One (Outs)
Along the same lines as the blurb you just read about C.J. Wilson…Scott Baker pitched in a Triple-A game against the Milwaukee Brewer Triple-A squad to avoid pitching against the Angels for the third time this spring. Since there’s a chance that Baker could break camp in the rotation, the staff didn’t want the Angels hitters to get too comfortable against Baker since they’ll likely face him in the opening series of the season. How’d he do? He tossed 4 2/3 innings, allowed five hits, two runs, two walks, five hits while throwing 75 pitches including 47 strikes.

Swarm at Tempe Diablo Stadium Makes It Hard To Get To Seats
Fans at the Mariners game in Tempe Diablo Stadium found it a little hard to get to their seats, only it didn’t have anything to do with the expected sold out crowd. Prior to the game, there was a swarm of bees behind home plate and fans had to wait outside until they moved on. If you remember, last year the Mariners and Angels also had a bee delay on September 22nd.

Blending In With The Enemy
Mariners Director of Pro Scouting Tom Allison stopped by the press box and was immediately heckled for wearing what he called his “Tiger Woods outfit.” If you’ve been to Tempe Diablo Stadium where the Angels play, you’ll notice a lot of people wearing “Tiger Woods outfits,” most notably a red polo shirt. After graciously absorbing the good-natured jokes, he chimed in with, “hey, it got me in the parking lot faster!”

Mariners All-Access
Be sure to tune in to ROOT SPORTS NW for Mariners All-Access tonight at 7 pm for: Highlights of Taijuan Walker throwing his bullpen session and you’ll hear from the Mariners right-hander. Stephen Pryor talks about his recovery from an injury that shut him down most of 2013 and how he’s feeling this spring. Mike Zunino and John Buck talk about their relationship and how they plan to learn from each other this spring. And of course you’ll see highlights of the Mariners/Angels game at Tempe.

A Day Off…FINALLY!
After 36 straight days in the office (since February 9), Mariners staffers are finally getting a day off tomorrow. How will we spend it? So many possibilities on what we could do. Golfing? Hiking? Movies? Sadly, we’ll probably still spend some time at the office at some point.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (13-5-2) will play a night game on Tuesday against the San Diego Padres at Peoria Stadium. You can hear all the action on 710 ESPN Seattle with Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith and you can watch the game on ROOT SPORTS NW with Mike Blowers and Dave Sims calling the action. Left-hander Randy Wolf is scheduled to start for the Mariners vs. Padres right-hander Josh Johnson.

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).

Tweet of the Day:

Mariners Game Central – March 16

Lineup

Spring #21: Seattle Mariners (13-5-2) vs. Los Angeles Angels (8-8-2) | 1:10 pm | Tempe Diablo Stadium

Pitching Match-Ups: LHP Roenis Elias (2-0, 1.23) vs. LHP C.J. Wilson (0-1, 2.45)
Radio: Live Radio coverage on 710 ESPN Seattle and via Mariners.com (for subscribers)
TV: This game will be available on MLB.tv (Angels broadcast).
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with play-by-play data

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