Found February 13, 2012 on Fox Sports:
Hector Noesi was used mainly out of the bullpen during his time with the Yankees but figures prominently in the Seattle Mariners' plans for its starting rotation. Noesi, who was acquired by the Mariners with catcher Jesus Montero in the trade that sent starter Michael Pineda to the Yankees, will be given the opportunity during spring training to catch on as the third or fourth starter for Seattle. ''It wasn't hard coming here (to the Mariners). The things that have happened are already written,'' Noesi said Monday, when he threw his first bullpen session of the spring. ''What happened, happened and now thank God I am glad for where I am.'' Noesi made his major league debut last May in Baltimore, pitching four shutout innings and earning the win. He received the lineup card from manager Joe Girardi in commemoration of his first big-league win. Used mainly out of the bullpen as a long reliever with the Yankees, but armed with a starter's...

Time's a wastin' for young Mariners

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Seattle Mariners' early arrival at their spring training facility in Peoria is easily explained as a byproduct of their unusual start to the season. The team goes to Tokyo for two regular season games with the Oakland Athletics on March 28 and 29. But the Mariners aren't looking at the early jump on spring training as just a result of their atypical...

Justin Smoak gave up pizza, burritos to get in better shape

Justin Smoak was one of the top prospects in baseball when he was drafted 11th overall by the Rangers in 2008, but he’s disappointed his first two seasons. The 25-year-old first baseman is hoping an improved diet will lead to a turnaround with the Mariners this season. “I gave up bread, ate almost entirely meat and vegetables – and working out two hours a day, four days a...

Mariners begin spring with new Japanese import

Spring training is officially under way with Seattle holding its first workout, and the team's newest import from Japan got plenty of attention. Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma (Hih-SAH-shee EE-wah-KOO-mah) did a small amount of running and a little defensive work, pronouncing Sunday's practice far easier than what he's used to in the early days of training in Japan. The...

Bryce Harper, Jesus Montero Among Cream of the Crop in's Top 100 Major League Prospects's countdown of the Top 100 prospects in baseball is complete. This past Thursday, we started off our list with the bottom 20 players. We have worked our way through the prospects in increments of 20. Friday, we listed prospects 61-80, Saturday we gave you prospects 41-60, and prospects 21-40 were released on Sunday. The top 20 minor leaguers are listed below, and the...

'King Felix' happy as Mariners' much-needed ace

(Eds: APNewsNow. With AP Photos.) By BOB BAUM AP Sports Writer He is the ace on a team that is struggling to find respectability in the tough AL West, and the role suits Felix Hernandez just fine. ''King Felix'' says he is ''not going anywhere,'' exactly the position of the Seattle Mariners' front office despite speculation that inevitably surfaces...

Pirates to Sign Chris Gimenez?

Greg Johns of tweets that the Pittsburgh Pirates might sign utility player Chris Gimenez, who recently elected free agency after being outrighted by the Seattle Mariners. Gimenez can’t sign until Thursday after refusing the outright assignment. In his career, Gimenez has a .171/.279/.272 line in 228 at-bats, including a .203/.314/.271 line in 59 at-bats in 2011. He’s...

New pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma a huge draw as Mariners complete first workout

Quite the sideshow coming off the field this morning as Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma attempted to return to the clubhouse. Iwakuma was literally besieged by Japanese and American fans alike. He patiently signed each and every autograph requests, then posed for photos with Japanese fans. Some of the fans would get their pictures snapped with him, then run about 25 feet away to...

Mariners begin Spring Training – and spotlight is on Japanese pitcher

The Associated Press reports: “Spring training is officially under way with Seattle’s pitchers and catchers holding their first workout. The center of attention for the brief Sunday morning session under a bright blue sky at the Peoria Sports Complex was the team’s newest import from Japan. Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma did a small amount of running [...]

Trevor Bauer, Danny Hultzen MLB-Ready in's Top 100 Major League Prospects’s Top 100 prospect list is nearly at its end. On Thursday, we examined the bottom 20 qualifiers for this list. That portion of our rankings consisted of high-ceiling players who are several seasons away from the majors, or lower-ceiling prospects who can make major league impacts soon. Friday, we covered some promising young athletic players, as well as a few pitchers...

Veteran reliever Hong-Chih Kuo gets another chance with Mariners

Left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo struggled with "the yips" in 2009 and again last season. The Dodgers released Kuo after he had elbow surgery in October and the Mariners signed him.

Around the Blogosphere

We're having a rather cool morning here in Peoria, Ariz. today, with temperatures expected to stay this way for much of the week. Back by popular demand, here's our Around the Blogosphere feature, with a look at some of the happenings in cyberspace involving the Mariners. First off, the Seattle Times has actually ramped up its spring training coverage this year -- which is...
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