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Archives: March 2013

March
27th

Mariners finalize starting rotation: Brandon Maurer and Blake Beavan round out the rotation

It was apparent yesterday, but it’s been confirmed today that Brandon Maurer and Blake Beavan will round out the rotation. Maurer will actually be the No. 4 starter and Beavan the No. 5 starter. The main reason for that is having Maurer make his start in the pitcher friendly Oakland Coliseum instead of the bandbox known as U.S. Cellular field.

That means the first pitching match-ups are

  • April 1 — Felix Hernandez vs. Brett Anderson
  • April 2 – Hisashi Iwakuma vs. Jarrod Parker
  • April 3 –

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March
27th

Radio: Mariners manager Eric Wedge talks with KJR

Eric Wedge was on with Mitch in the Morning today. It was a pretty standard interview. Wedge still wouldn’t budge on announcing the rotation. But he did say that Mike Zunino would start the season in Triple A. It’s kind of what we expected, but a nice confirmation.

March
27th

Bonderman’s slim chance at the Mariner starting rotation is now gone

Jeremy Bonderman couldn’t hide the disappointment. He knew his chance to make the Seattle Mariners’ starting rotation out of spring training likely wilted in the desert sun Tuesday on the pitcher’s mound of Peoria Stadium.

The veteran right-hander had one last chance to convince Mariners manager Eric Wedge that he was healthy enough and strong enough to earn a spot in the rotation. It was a slim chance going in. And now, barring injury to a Mariners starting pitcher in the next five days, there is probably no chance.

Bonderman’s biggest start of the spring fell apart in the fifth

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March
26th

Royals 11, Mariners 6 — KC clinches the Cactus League title

The facts

The Royals (23-6-1) secured the sort-of-coveted Cactus League title by beating the Mariners (19-11) today. The two teams were vying for the top honor. Does that mean regular season success? Absolutely not. Seattle’s pitching struggled and the Royals hitters capitalized on a very warm day in Peoria. The Mariners hit two more homers to push their total to 54 this spring.

Play of the game

Even in a loss, Michael Morse’s seventh inning home run would be the play of almost any game.

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March
26th

Video: Baseball destroyed, Michael Morse hits one over the batter’s eye at Peoria Stadium

Michael Morse once said he could hit a ball out of the Grand Canyon. Well, this one might have been far enough to get out of there. Morse crushed a pitch over the batter’s eye in center field in Peoria Stadium. I’ve covered spring training for a lot of years and have never seen anyone or heard of anyone hitting a ball over the 40-foot wall in center field some 410 feet away.

March
26th

Tuesday’s line-up and game notes vs. the Royals

The Mariners made a late pitching change, deciding to start Sugar Ray Marimon – yes, that’s his real name – over Bruce Chen. The expectation is that Chen is going to pitch in relief having lost his bid for the starting rotation.  Marimon has never pitched above Double A.

Mariners starter Jeremy Bonderman will face a pretty decent line-up from the Royals today, only Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas are missing from the line-up. The Mariner are putting out a pretty representative line-up with only Jesus Montero and Michael Saunders excluded.

Franklin Gutierrez is back in

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