Found February 23, 2012 on Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
The headline says it all. The Mariners began spring training in Peoria, Ariz., when pitchers and catchers reported over the weekend of Feb. 11. Position players started showing up throughout last week, and all the Mariners checked in this past weekend.   Visit seattlepi.com for more Seattle news. Contact Nick Eaton at nickeaton@seattlepi.com or on [...]
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