Found February 26, 2012 on Seattle Times:
Another Mariners intra-squad game has come and gone, this one won 7-3 by Team 2 after it fell behind 2-0 early on. Plenty of extra-base hits today, beginning with the Franklin Gutierrez solo homer to left off Felix Hernandez at the very start of the game. That's as many home runs as Gutierrez had all of last season. Dustin Ackley hit a two-run homer off Josh Kinney in the fifth. Vinnie Catricala hit a homer off Scott Patterson in the seventh, then later doubled off the top of the wall. We saw triples by Adam Moore and Munenori Kawasaki. Chone Figgins went 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored, while Ichiro had an RB single. There were 24 hits total in the game, with eight of them going for extras. "You look at the way a lot of these guys are coming back and came (here) in shape and looking to do some things,'' Mariners manager Eric Wedge said of the offense. "Do what we want to see offensively. I've been very pleased.'' Read more...

Ichiro Third And Figgins First: The Right Move For The New Seattle Mariners?

The big storyline that is brewing around our youth oriented Seattle Mariners this Spring Training has to do with our aging veterans; Ichiro and Figgins. First, Manager Eric Wedge has decided that Ichiro will be our number three hitter for this season.  I’m a little torn on this decision.  I have been arguing (with friends and family) that Ichiro should be our number three hitter...

Chone Figgins is ready to improve upon last season

Chone Figgins is putting in extra work this spring after a rough first season with the Seattle Mariners. It appears to be paying off. The veteran infielder has been taking a lot of groundballs at third base, shortstop and second base. His fielding isn't what will likely put Figgins in the spotlight in Seattle, though. He is expected to start the season as the Mariners'...

Training camp update

Veteran Carlos Guillen, who has a long history of leg ailments, has a tight calf and has been taking treatment the past few days rather than stay on the field. He won’t play in today’s intrasquad but may be able to re-take the field today or Monday. Trayvon Robinson, whose tight legs have kept him from running the past three days, ran for trainers Saturday. He’s close to being...

A New Spring Brings New Hopes

It is strange in some ways to leave my sons and long-time home in New York City  yet feel like I am arriving home when I land in Seattle. My wife and I got in last night to attend the Starlight Foundation’s Oscar Night fundraising event tomorrow. On-deck: Tuesday getting to Peoria, AZ and Mariners spring training. What a great time of the year! I’m already buzzed having read...

Longtime Mariners scout dies unexpectedly

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Seattle Mariners Prospect Depth Chart: SP

For the next few weeks, SeattleClubhouse will be doing a Mariners' prospect depth chart series. We start today by ranking the Top-15 Starting Pitchers in the organization.

Mariners taking field for intra-squad game

Franklin Gutierrez, seen in the photo above taking BP earlier this morning, will be starting in center and batting leadoff for Team 2 today in his first spring training intra-squad action. Jesus Montero will be batting cleanup for Team 2 and catching. For frequent updates, stay tuned right here and to my Twitter feed @gbakermariners. Read more...

Some defensive plays otherwise overlooked in Mariners intrasquad game

There were a couple of key defensive plays that went largely unnoticed by casual observers of yesterday's game, but which did resonate with some members of the front office. How do I know this? I was standing right in front of them shooting photos. Anyhow, one came on the photo you see above, where catcher Jesus Montero slides to his let to block a pitch in the dirt from James...

Mariners ink Montero, Smoak

The Seattle Mariners on Monday inked 18 players, headlined by catcher and designated hitter Jesus Montero and first baseman/designated hitter Justin Smoak to one-year contracts.

Catcher John Jaso willing to put first base on his resume

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Obituary: Former Cal, Acalanes baseball star Frank Mattox dies

Frank Mattox, who starred at Acalanes High and Cal, then spent his professional career in baseball, mostly with the Seattle Mariners, died Sunday night at his home in Peoria, Ariz.

Hisashi Iwakuma to make intrasquad debut with Mariners tomorrow

Theyu just put out the list of pitchers throwing in tomorrow's intrasquad game and Hisashi Iwakuma tops the list of Team 1. Iwakuma is slotted to throw two innings atop that team's rotation, while Jason Vargas is to throw three innings for Team 2. Vargas, you'll recall, retired all seven hitters he faced -- striking out four -- in Friday's first intrasquad affair. Read more...

Franklin Gutierrez injures his throwing arm

Mariners outfielder Franklin Gutierrez, who’s been planning a comeback after struggling last season with stomach issues, left the field Tuesday after injuring his arm at spring training, according to reports. During a morning workout, Gutierrez apparently was having problems with his throwing arm or shoulder, according to reports. Gutierrez was set to lead off during [...]

Mariners mum on why Franklin Gutierrez left camp this morning

PHOTO: Franklin Gutierrez takes batting practice with the Mariners yesterday. Today, he left complex in a car driven by an assistant trainer. Don't want to set off any alarm bells with this post, but Franklin Gutierrez left Mariners camp this morning in a vehicle driven by assistant trainer Rob Nodine. I asked GM Jack Zduriencik about it moments ago. "I can't comment...
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