Results tagged ‘ Kevin Millwood ’

Mariners Visit Seattle’s Veterans Hospital

Before Wednesday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles, a group of Mariners players, and the Moose, paid a visit to Seattle’s Veterans Administration Hospital to sign autographs, pose for photos and swap stories with patients. Mariners team photographer Ben Van Houten was there and sent back these photos.

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Tip of the Cap to Millwood’s 2-Hitter

Mariners starting pitcher Kevin Millwood tossed a 2-hit shutout tonight vs. the Colorado Rockies at hitter friendly Coors Field. Here are some fun facts about Millwood’s shutout:

  • Tossed his 6th career shutout (in his 423rd career start), but first since Aug. 1, 2003 vs. San Diego (pitching for Philadelphia)…that’s a span of 3,213 days between shutouts (8 years, 291 days).
  • Threw his 22nd career complete game, first since a CG loss Aug. 21, 2010 at Seattle (pitching for Baltimore).
  • Became the 9th opposing pitcher (10th time) to throw a CG shutout vs. the Rockies at Coors Field…the 19th pitcher (20th time) to throw a CG shutout at Coors Field.
  • Became the 4th-oldest Mariners pitcher to throw a shutout at 37 years, 146 days. Jamie Moyer had 3 shutouts with Seattle at age 37 or older, including June 2, 2006 vs. Kansas City at 43 years, 196 days.

Kevin Millwood threw a 2-hit shutout Friday night vs. the Rockies at Coors Field. (Getty Images)

Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 2

Day 2 / Monday, February 13, 2012 / 43 Days ‘til Opening Night in Tokyo / 59 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle

Weather: Sunny skies with temperatures in the low to mid-60 during workouts this morning. Temperatures are continuing to warm up through the afternoon, but rain may be in the forecast for tomorrow.

Quote of the Day: Shortstop Munenori Kawasaki introducing himself to teammates, staff and media: “I am Munenori Kawasaki. Kawasaki…VROOM VROOM.” Kawasaki signed a Minor League contract with the Mariners in January and is excited to be in camp.

 

Munenori (left), Kawasaki (right) - VROOM! VROOM!

The Day: Pitchers and catchers were on field for the second day of camp. After day one and figuring out which field to be on and at what time, day two went smoothly with everyone getting where they needed to be on time.

Sixteen pitchers had bullpens today after 18 did yesterday, including RH Hisashi Iwakumi, RH Hector Noesi, RH Brandon League and RH Kevin Millwood. General Manager Jack Zduriencik and Manager Eric Wedge have been impressed early with the pitchers in camp.

Pitchers continued working on PFP (Pitchers Fielding Practice) drills, including fielding a bunt and covering first on a ball hit to the right side of the infield. Infielders Mike Carp, Kyle Seager and Nick Franklin stood in as first baseman for the pitchers on one of the fields. Catchers also worked on controlling the running game and throwing out runners at second base.

The catchers wrapped up the day split into two hitting groups. While working on hitting to all sides of the field, Jesus Sucre hit a screaming line drive up the middle and nearly took out coach Nasusel Cabrera gathering balls in shallow center field. Cabrera had to jump out of the way and used a ball bucket to deflect the ball. The rest of the coaching staff laughed and continued to give Cabrera a hard time until BP was over. Jesus Montero, Miguel Olivo and Adam Moore each hit multiple home runs into the parking lot.

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- KM

Mariners Sign Veteran RHP Kevin Millwood

The Mariners have officially signed right-handed pitcher Kevin Millwood to a minor league contract with an invite to Major League Spring Training. Here is the official news release with a quote from Jack Zduriencik:

SEATTLE, Wash. (Jan. 24, 2012) – Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced today the club has signed veteran right-handed pitcher Kevin Millwood to a minor league contract with an invite to Major League Spring Training.

Millwood, 37, is a veteran of 15 Major League seasons with the Atlanta Braves (1997-2002), Philadelphia Phillies (2003-04), Cleveland Indians (2005), Texas Rangers (2006-09), Baltimore Orioles (2010) and Colorado Rockies (2011). He has compiled a career record of 163-140 with a 4.10 ERA in 423 appearances (415 starts). Amongst active pitchers, Millwood ranks 5th in innings pitched (2,559.1), strikeouts (1,976) and games started (415), 9th in wins (163) and T12th in complete games (21). He also has a no-hitter to his credit on April 27, 2003 against San Francisco when he was with the Philadelphia.

“Kevin brings a great deal of experience as a veteran pitcher and will compete for a spot in our starting rotation,” said Zduriencik. “His leadership and experience will be a benefit for our young pitchers and we look forward to seeing him in spring training.”

Millwood spent one season with Mariners manager Eric Wedge and pitching coach Carl Willis with Cleveland in 2005, and won the American League ERA title with a 2.86 mark (61 ER, 192.0 IP).

He split last season between the New York (AL), Boston and Colorado organizations. He made 9 starts with the Rockies from Aug. 10-end of the season, going 4-3 with a 3.98 ERA (24 ER, 54.1 IP). He also pitched for AA Trenton (1-0, 0.00) and AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre (1-1, 8.00) in the Yankees organization and AAA Pawtucket (5-1, 4.28) in the Red Sox organization.

The Mariners have now signed 16 players to minor league contracts with invites to Major League Spring Training. Pitchers and catchers will report to Peoria, AZ for physicals on Feb. 11 (first workout 2/12) and position players are scheduled to report on Feb. 17 (first full-squad workout 2/18).

Kevin Millwood won the 2005 AL ERA title with the Cleveland Indians (Getty Images).

- JE

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