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For the Seattle Mariners, this Spring has been accompanied with great success. First off, the Mariners were second only to the Royals in wins, and their 22 wins broke the Spring Training club records. The Mariners also smashed 58 home runs, a club record. Only one major league team, the 1999 Cubs, hit more home runs in Spring Training. For a team that is desperately looking to improve their offense, this Spring brought great early returns for the Mariners. They will now look to carry that momentum into the season starting tomorrow in Oakland.
The biggest surprise in the Spring might not have been the Mariners’ power surge, but the starting rotation battle. It seemed with two spots open, a spot was going to go to veteran Jon Garland, filling the role Kevin Millwood took last season. But the Mariners released Garland, and they will take a chance on Brandon Maurer. The 22-year-old right-hander, who will make his major league debut Thursday, was sharp all Spring going 3-1 with a 1.50 ERA in 24 innings of work. He beat out Garland and Erasmo Ramirez, who was sent back to Tacoma. The Mariners rotation will go: Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, Joe Saunders, Maurer, and Blake Beavan.
Brandon Maurer beat out Jon Garland and Erasmo Ramirez to win a spot in the Seattle Mariners’ starting rotation.
The last roster spot will be announced officially today, and it is a battle between Jason Bay and Casper Wells. It seems that Bay, looking to rebound from a down year with the New York Mets, will land that back-up OF spot. Bay travelled with the team to their last pre-season game yesterday, while Casper Wells didn’t. Wells, who came over from Detroit in the Doug Fister deal, is out of Minor League options so Seattle will have to trade or release him. The Mariners expected to have two new faces in the middle of their order Monday night: Kendrys Morales at DH and Michael Morse in LF. Justin Smoak, who had a lot of heat on him to hold his spot with the Mariners’ new acquisitions, looks to be the Opening Day 1B.
The schedule makers didn’t do the Mariners any favors as they will play 14 straight games to open the season. They open the season with 4 games at the surprising A.L. West champion, Oakland, before travelling to Chicago to play 3 against the White Sox. Seattle opened with 4 games against Oakland last season, 2 overseas and 2 in Oakland, and took 3 out of 4. Seattle went 7-12 against Oakland in 2012, and they went an awful 1-8 against Chicago
BEST OF MAXIM
His usual carefree self, Felix Hernandez danced in the visitors clubhouse to his techno ''house music'' Sunday.
It's fitting that Hernandez will make his season debut and first outing since landing a $175 million, seven-year contract against the Oakland Athletics.
The Seattle ace always faces them to start, or so it seems to the A's.
Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez did right by the catcher that was on the other side of his perfect game last August.
Hernandez gifted Oakland A’s catcher John Jaso with a brand new Rolex for their perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
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Felix Hernandez presented his former teammate, A's catcher John Jaso, with a Rolex for his role in the Mariners pitcher's perfect game last season.
Before Monday's Mariners-Athletics game, Seattle starting pitcher Felix Hernandez gave Oakland catcher John Jaso a gift: a brand new gold Rolex. What's the occasion? Well, the former Mariner Jaso was the catcher for Hernandez's perfect game in Seattle last summer. The back of the watch is inscribed with "8/15/12", the date of the perfect game.
Felix Hernandez had his mind made up that he would get the Seattle Mariners' season off to a strong start and provide a little bit of momentum on April 1.
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Last August, Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez tossed the first perfect game in franchise history. His catcher in that game was John Jaso.On Monday, Hernandez and Jaso were reunited again, except this time they were wearing different uniforms.Jaso, who is now a member of the Oakland A's after being traded in the offseason, squared off against his former teammate as the A&...
Felix Hernandez finally presented former Mariners catcher John
Jaso with the perfect gift: a shiny Rolex for catching King Felix's
perfecto last August against the Rays.
Felix Hernandez finally presented former Mariners catcher John Jaso with the perfect gift: a shiny Rolex for catching King Felix's perfecto last August.
A clubhouse employee delivered the gold watch from Seattle's side to the Oakland clubhouse for Jaso about 90 minutes before first pitch in the Mariners-Athletics season opener Monday night. Hernandez, set to make his first...
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