Sunday, February 28, 2016 / 36 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 4 at Texas Rangers)
Team Cruz vs. Team Cano
Instead of playing intrasquad games, the team split up into two teams and focused on situational hitting. The losing team will owe the winning team something, but that something has not been decided yet. As you’ll see in the video below, things got a little competitive.
Cruz’s team included Leonys Martin, Luis Sardinas, Boog Powell, Mike Baxter, Dario Pizzano, Seth Smith, Chris Taylor, Marcus Littlewood, Dae-Ho Lee, Steve Lerud, Franklin Gutierrez, Gaby Sanchez, Chris Iannetta and Benji Gonzalez.
Cano’s team included Nori Aoki, Ketel Marte, Adam Lind, Kyle Seager, Mike Zunino, Shawn O’Malley, Ed Lucas, Steve Clevenger, Jesus Montero, Stefen Romero, Steven Baron, Tyler Smith and Dan Robertson.
Team Cano leads Team Cruz 85-73 today but there will be a rematch tomorrow to declare a winner.
The catching crew spent time on the half field working on throws to bases. The receivers made throws to all the bases and finished with snap back throws to first base. Opponents on the basepaths better be careful when taking their leads against the Mariners.
James Paxton to Start Cactus League Opener
Manager Scott Servais announced today that left-hander James Paxton will start the Cactus League opener on Wednesday against the Padres. Click the link above to listen to James’ thoughts on starting on Wednesday. Here are the expected Cactus League starters through the weekend: Weds: Paxton vs. SD, Thurs: Karns vs. SD, Friday: Walker at MIL, Saturday: Miley vs. LAA.
Prospects In the Cage
We all get caught up watching the big names like Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager take batting practice, but let’s not forget the future. Infield prospect Tyler Smith and outfield prospect Dario Pizzano took their hacks and sprayed line drives all over the field.
Hurry Up And Wait
While there’s a lot to do and cover during Spring Training, a good portion of the day is spent waiting. The staff and media obviously works around the on-field schedule, so we have some time to stand around and watch the practices. Above you’ll see Shannon Drayer, Doug Pacey, Bob Dutton, Ryan Divish, Matt Calkins and Jesse Sanchez waiting in the dugout.
I Know You Can Hear Me, But Can You See Me?
Yes, Rick, we can see you. Mariners broadcaster extraordinaire Rick Rizzs arrived in camp today (the rest of the crew will follow) in preparation for the first game broadcast on Wednesday against the Padres. It’s always good to have Rick in town and it’s just one more sign that baseball is around the corner.
Aoki Meets Wilson
With Norichika Aoki and Hisashi Iwakuma in town, there plenty of interest in Mariners camp from Japanese media outlets. Today, Aoki took part in a media availability to announce that he would be wearing a Wilson glove during the upcoming season. A group of around 10 reporters gathered to hear him discuss the change.
Seth Smith, like everybody else in camp, takes time to sign for fans after workouts. Today he took his time to sign as he made his way from Field 3 to Field 1.
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