Thursday, March 3, 2016 / 32 Days ’til Opening Day (April 4 at Texas Rangers)
The Mariners won for the second day in a row against the San Diego Padres, claiming a come-from-behind 6-5 win in front of 3,901 fans at Peoria Stadium.
Trailing 1-0 in the sixth inning, Seattle rallied for a pair of runs as Tyler Smith doubled, Benji Gonzalez reached on a fielders choice (Smith out at third) and Shawn O’Malley singled to set up a 2-RBI double to left field by Luis Sardiñas.
Seattle scored four more runs in the seventh inning, capped off by another Sardiñas 2-run double. The Mariners collected double-digit hits for the second game in a row, including eight hits by players that didn’t start the game. Daniel Robertson, Gonzalez and Sardiñas each collected a pair of hits.
Starter Nathan Karns tossed 2.0 scoreless innings and the bullpen allowed just two earned runs the rest of the way.
**Photos from today’s game at the bottom of the blog.**
ON THE ROAD TOMORROW:
The Mariners (2-0) return to Cactus League play tomorrow (Friday, March 4) against Milwaukee at 12:05 MT/1:05 MT at Maryvale Stadium. The game will be broadcast in the Seattle are on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network. Right-handed pitcher Taijuan Walker is scheduled to start for the Mariners against Brewers right-hander Wily Peralta.
MLB NETWORK 30 IN 30:
Be sure to tune in tonight to the MLB Network at 7 pm PT to get an inside look at the 2016 Mariners and preview their upcoming season with 30 Clubs in 30 Days during MLB Tonight. Former Major Leaguer Dan Plesac and Greg Amsinger was in camp this morning conducting interviews with Robinson Canó, Felix Hernandez, Taijuan Walker, Steve Cishek and Manager Scott Servais to name just a few.
JAMIE MOYER ON MLB NETWORK:
Former Mariners pitcher Jamie Moyer joined the Hot Stove crew to discuss his life after baseball, serving as a guest instructor and more.
The Mariners today announced that all players on the 40-man roster have agreed to contracts for the 2016 season.
BROCK AND SALK LIVE THURSDAY:
Brock & Salk with 710 ESPN Seattle has continued to broadcasting live all week from Peoria Sports Complex. Check out the podcasts from today’s show:
Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz on his history with manager Scott Servais.
Mike Zunino on starting over with the Mariners in spring training.
March 3, 2016 – Hour 1 – The Mariners’ first Spring Training game is in the books and the reviews are positive. How are Brock and Salk feeling about the M’s after game one? They tell you. In John Clayton’s Morning Drive, how have the Seahawks benefited from Joe Flacco’s contract restructuring? In Blue 42, Brock highlights two things that stand out about Todd McShay’s latest mock draft.
March 3, 2016 – Hour 2 – Mariners catcher Mike Zunino stops by the show as Brock and Salk continue on from Spring Training. What has Zunino learned from Chris Iannetta so far in M’s camp? The young catcher tells the guys just that as well as how he’s improved himself this offseason. In Good News, Bad News, No News, Kam Chancellor gets the cops called on him and some noteworthy NFL players are now free agents after having been cut.
March 3, 2016 – Hour 3 – Nelson Cruz joined the show in the first hour, so the guys give you the best of what the Mariners slugger had to say including what his expectations are for the upcoming season as well as what it’s like the have his mentor, Scott Servais, as his manager. Later in the hour, Brock and Salk take a look at two bizarre sports stories from the world of Seattle sports one involving Kam Chancellor and a former part owner of the Sonics. Thursday’s show wraps up with Answer the Question Jerk with special guest hosts, Titus and Macie Huard.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!
Felix Hernandez shot a commercial for MLB today that will begin airing in April. Here are a couple of behind the scenes from today photo shoot:
FOX SPORTS 1:
A production crew from Fox Sports and Fox Sports 1 arrived at the Mariners complex bright and early yesterday morning to conduct several interviews for the 2016 season. Felix Hernandez, Robinson Canó, Nelson Cruz, Kyle Seager, Mike Zunino, Jesus Montero and Adam Lind all set down with the crew. Check out a clip a Cano’s interview below:
OXICLEAN – GETS THE TOUGH STAINS OUT:
OxiClean was shooting a commercial today at Peoria Stadium. Stay tuned for more details on when it will be aired!
With games now in progress the morning workouts have been modified a little, but pitchers and position players are still out everyday working on fundamentals. Take a look at a few of the photos from earlier today:
MARINERS DOUBLE-A JACKSON GENERALS NAMED SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR BY JACKSON CHAMBER:
The Jackson Generals were honored with the Jackson Chamber’s Small Business of the Year Award Thursday afternoon at the Chamber’s Annual Celebration. The team saw an attendance increase for the second-consecutive year and won the Southern League Community Service Award in 2015. The Generals were one of six award winners at Thursday’s Annual Celebration presented by West Tennessee Healthcare, which took place at the Carl Grant Events Center at Union University. The yearly event celebrates professional and community achievements throughout West Tennessee. The recipients were determined based on history and growth, customer service excellence and community involvement by a panel of out of town judges.
The Generals were also honored with the Southern League’s Community Service Award in September for the team’s charitable contributions and involvement in the community. In addition to countless appearances by Sarge and players in West Tennessee throughout 2015, the Generals raised almost $10,000 for organizations like the Children’s Miracle Network, A Hope to Dream, the Madison County Fire Department, Autism Awareness and the American Cancer Society.
SINGLE GAME TICKETS ON SALE 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).
Presale Opportunities (Ends tonight at Midnight)
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.
TODAY’S MARINERS PHOTO GALLERY: