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Archives: Feb. 2013

Feb.
25th

Mariners 9, Angels 8 — a walk-off win

Here’s video of Eric Wedge talking postgame about the Mariners efforts, John Hicks, Jeremy Bonderman, Brandon Maurer and Alex Liddi.

The facts

The Mariners continue to pound out hits and score runs.  This time they racked up 14 hits in the win over the Angels. There was even a little drama. With the score tied 8-8 in the ninth, Julio Morban singled over a drawn in outfield to score Francisco Martinez from third to give the Mariners a walk-off win (ab0ve).

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Feb.
25th

Jeremy Bonderman returns to the mound for the first time since 2010 to mixed results

The competitor in Jeremy Bonderman wouldn’t let him celebrate his accomplishment.

After being out of baseball for almost three years, the simple fact that he took the mound at Peoria Stadium and started for the Seattle Mariners in Monday’s Cactus League game against the Los Angeles Angels is a feat that shouldn’t be overlooked.

But giving up a three-run homer has a way of souring a pitcher’s mood.

“It wasn’t the way I wanted it to go,” the former Pasco High star said. “But it was good to get out there and get my feet wet

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Feb.
25th

Video: Bullpen sessions featuring Felix Hernandez, Danny Hultzen and Taijuan Walker

Felix Hernandez threw for about 10 minutes off the mound. I expect he will appear in a game sometime early next week. Yes, the video is shaky. I’m far from Scorcese.

Danny Hultzen and Taijuan Walker bullpens after the jump. Hultzen will start Wednesday’s game in Goodyear against the Indians. Walker will relieve him. Both will pitch two innings.

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Feb.
25th

Today’s line-ups vs. the Los Angeles Angels

Finally someone other than the Padres. I’m all for the heated intensity that comes when two natural rivals hook up. But three straight days in the Cactus League? Well, that’s just craziness. It will be the debuts of Brendan Ryan, Dustin Ackley and Jeremy Bonderman.

With Bonderman, it’s hard to know what his plan will be since he hasn’t thrown in a game since 2010.  Some guys work on certain things, maybe a particular pitch, especially when they are only throwing one inning. Bonderman’s bullpens have featured him showing all of his pitches. I’m guessing just getting on the mound

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Feb.
24th

Mariners 8, Padres 3 — Game wrap up …

Going to try something different with the Cactus League games for the blog and the paper. This is info I’m typing up for the paper, so I figure I will give you it immediately. I will also add videos and extra info as needed.

The facts

On a frigid day with temperatures in the low 50s and the wind blowing over 25 miles per hour making it feel colder, the Mariners bats remained red hot, scoring eight runs for the second straight day. Seattle banged around former Mariner and Padres starter Freddy Garcia for five runs on five

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Feb.
24th

Who is Carson Smith? And why you should know about him…

A year ago at this time, Carter Capps and Steven Pryor weren’t even mentioned in the conversation about competition for spots in the Seattle Mariners’ bullpen.

Capps had never pitched above Class A, and Pryor had just 17 appearances in Double-A Jackson.

But by the end of last season, both flame-throwing right-handers were solid contributors for the Mariners in the bullpen, and they seem to be headed for prominent roles there again in the 2013 season.

So, who could be this season’s Capps or Pryor?

The smart money should be on Carson Smith, a hard-throwing kid from windy west Texas

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Feb.
24th

Today’s lineup vs the Padres … again

It’s the third day in a row against the Padres. But you know being “natural” rivals and all, and with the Vedder Cup at stake during the regular season, it’s never a bad thing to get see your opponent early and often.

Ok, in all seriousness, we do get to see some of the bigger bats the Mariners acquired this season. Nick Franklin gets a start at shortstop and Raul Ibanez playing right field could be, um, intertesting.

Today’s lineup  …

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Feb.
23rd

Mariners 8, Padres 6: Bay, Smoak, Jacobs homer in win

Yes, it’s spring training. And you know from past history that spring training success doesn’t guarantee regular season success will soon follow. Conversely, there have been a ton of players who have had awful spring training numbers but hit in the regular season.

Jason Bay knows it very well. Still, hitting a home run in your first spring training at-bat of the season does help with the confidence (he talks about it in the video above).

Bay ripped the second pitch he saw from Padres’ starter Tyson Ross – a 95 mph  fastball – two-run homer to left-center. He also drew a pair of walks.

Should we start penciling him in as the opening day left-fielder? Far from it. And Bay knows it very well, admitting that he has to make the team first and he isn’t guaranteed that.

Besides Bay, the Mariners were still happy to see Justin Smoak rip a tw0-run homer to deep right-center. Smoak, batting left-handed, worked a 3-1 count and ripped a 90-mph fastball from big league reliever Brad Boxberger.

Smoak said he’s starting to grow comfortable with his new swing.

“I’m starting to feel like I’m getting to where I want to be up there,” he said.

Mike Jacobs, who will likely start the season in Triple A, crushed a two-run moonshot to right-center.

NoteWedge video after the jump …. 

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