GAME 1 IS IN THE BOOKS…IT’S A WIN:
Seattle slugged three home runs en route to a 7-0 shutout over the San Diego Padres in the Cactus League opener at Peoria Stadium this afternoon.
Seattle used a balanced attack as seven players each scored a run and 11 different batters collected a hit. Catcher Chris Iannetta’s two-run home run in the second inning, scoring Seth Smith, was the first of a trio of home runs by Seattle. Designated-Hitter Franklin Gutierrez led off the fourth inning with a solo home run and Iannetta knocked in his third RBI of the day with a sacrifice fly later in the frame.
Seattle added two runs in the fifth inning as center fielder Leonys Martin led off the inning with a single, and scored from first base on an RBI triple by Daniel Robertson. Robertson then scored on an RBI double by Chris Taylor.
Seattle capped its scoring with a solo home run by Stefen Romero in the sixth inning. Seattle collected six extra-base hits, including two doubles, one triple and three home runs.
Left-hander James Paxton, making his first start of the spring, tossed 2.0 shutout innings and faced just one batter over the minimum. The six relievers that followed, including Donn Roach (2.0), Joel Peralta (1.0), Ryan Cook (1.0), Jonathan Aro (1.0), Vidal Nuño (1.0) and Tony Zych (1.0) combined to toss a shutout, allowing just four hits.
GAME NUMBER 2 PREVIEW:
The Mariners (1-0) and Padres (0-1) return to Cactus League play tomorrow (Thursday, March 3) at 12:10 PT/1:10 MT at Peoria Stadium. The game will be broadcast in the Seattle are on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network. Right-handed pitcher Nathan Karns is scheduled to start for the Mariners against Padres right-hander Philip Humber.
For the 7th consecutive spring, the statistics from today’s Charity Game vs. the Padres counted towards the official Cactus League standings. From 1996-2009, the stats from the Charity Game (usually the spring opener) did not count towards Cactus League standings.
With today’s win the Mariners improved to 20-22-1 all-time in “official” Cactus League openers. Seattle has opened spring play three times with split-squad action (‘02, ‘01, ‘03). The Mariners have won 5 of last 8 spring openers.
VS. THE PADRES:
The Mariners and Padres met today for the first of three Cactus League games (also: tomorrow & March 30). The Mariners were the home team today, road tomorrow and the home team in late March. Seattle was 2-2 vs. its complex partner last spring, and lead the all-time Cactus League series 83-79-7. The Mariners are 17-6-3 in spring play vs. the Padres since 2009. Tthe “Natural Rivals” will meet for four games during Interleague play in 2016, May 30-31 at Safeco Field & June 1-2 at PETCO Park.
Proceeds from today’s 23rd Annual Charity Game were donated to the Peoria Diamond Club. This annual charity game has allowed the Peoria Diamond Club to distribute in excess of $1,500,000 in grants over the past 23 years. The children’s groups they serve and have funded include special needs, under privileged, educational, leadership, athletic programs and more. Today, they are distributing grants to: Hart Pantry, SW Center HIV/AIDS, Neighborhood Ministries, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peoria, Vineyard Community Charities, and Friends of Peoria Library. They also honored the PUSD Superintendent, Dr. Denton Santarelli, who is retiring. The Diamond Club is donated $1000 in his name to the Peoria Education Foundation.
WELCOME TO SEATTLE EFREN NAVARRO:
This morning Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced that the club signed infielder Efren Navarro to a minor league contract. Navarro, who is wearing #68, joined the team’s big league camp at Spring Training as an invited player.
Navarro, 29, was designated for assignment by the Baltimore Orioles on Feb. 25. He refused an outright assignment to the minors on Feb. 28, choosing to become a free agent, prior to signing with Seattle today. The Los Angeles Angels traded Navarro to Baltimore on Jan. 26 this year.
Navarro split last season between the Angels and AAA Salt Lake. In 54 Major League games with LAA, hit he .253 (21-for-83) with 4 doubles and 5 RBI while appearing defensively at first base (29 games, 8 starts), left field (15 G, 11 GS) and right field (3 G). He hit .329 (93-for-283) with 24 doubles, 1 triple and 2 home runs in 72 games in AAA.
Navarro has appeared in the Majors in four of the last five seasons (2011, 2013-2015), playing a total of 130 games, all with the Angels. He is a career .246 hitter and has played 67 career games at first base, and 44 career games in the outfield (38 in left field, and 9 in right field).
The Mariners now have 60 players in big league camp, 40 roster players, and 19 non-roster invitees and 1 player (Jesus Sucre) on the 60-day disabled list.
HEREDIA ON THE FIELD:
Outfielder Guillermo Heredia signed his contract yesterday was in uniform on the field with the Mariners during morning workouts.
SINGLE GAME TICKETS ON SALE ON SATURDAY:
Single-game tickets for the 2016 Seattle Mariners season go
on sale to the public at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 5. Highlights of the 81-game home schedule include Opening Night, Friday, April 8 vs. the Oakland Athletics, Ken Griffey Jr. Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, four postgame fireworks shows, six bobblehead giveaways and Star Wars Weekend. A full roster of special events and giveaways is available at Mariners.com/Promotions.
Single-game tickets will be available without a service charge at the Safeco Field Box Office and Seattle Mariners Team Stores. They will also be available at Mariners.com/Tickets and by phone at 1-888-SEA-HITS (service charges apply).
Select groups will have the opportunity to buy single-game tickets before they go on sale to the general public on March 5:
•Season ticket holders—Wednesday, February 24 at noon through Friday, February 26 at 5:00 p.m.
•Mariners Mail Registered Users—Tuesday, March 1 at noon through Thursday, March 3 at midnight (deadline to sign up is February 27 at Mariners.com/Register);
•Social Media Followers and Ticketmaster Registered Users – Wednesday, March 2 at noon.
Buy Early and Save
Because the Mariners use dynamic pricing, and ticket prices can change as games approach, lower prices are available to those who buy early. And as always, the best prices, and locations, are available to season ticketholders, who save as much as 40% off the cost of single-game tickets.
For information about Mariners season ticket plans (including Full Season and 20-Game Plans) and benefits call 206-346-4001 or log onto Mariners.com/16.
10-Game Flex Packs
Fans can select the games they want to see with a 10-Game Flex Pack. Fans can choose from a menu of options for the season’s biggest match-ups including Opening Night, Ken Griffey Jr. Hall of Fame Weekend and Star Wars Weekend. Packs start as low as $120 for View Level locations, with discounts of up to 43% over single-game ticket prices. More information is at Mariners.com/Flex.
The Mariners will continue popular ticket offers that provide discounts throughout the season such as BECU Family Nights, Safeco Grand Slam Family Packages, College Nights, and Girls & Guys Nights Out, discounts for seniors and military members, and exclusive group prices.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
SPRING TRAINING GALLERY – Thanks Ben!