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Sunday, March 24, 2013 Salt River Fields SEATTLE MARINERS (18-9) at ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (13-14-2)

Game #28 Road #14

TODAY’S GAME INFORMATION
Starting Pitchers: LH Joe Saunders (1-0, 9.45) vs. LH Wade Miley (0-1, 6.75) 1:10 pm • Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle / Mariners.com • TV: None
SPRING RECORD
Overall Record................................. 18-9 PEORIA STADIUM........................... 10-6 Home Record.................................... 8-6 Road Record................................... 10-3 Current Streak.....................................L1

TODAY’S TILT…the Mariners (18-9) continue Cactus League play today with a road game against the Arizona Diamondbacks (13-14-2) at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick…the Mariners have won 7 of their last 9 Cactus League games, and with an 18-9 record have the third-best winning percentage (.667) in spring training play behind Kansas City (20-6-1/.769) and Baltimore (16-7-3/.696)…lefthander Joe Saunders (1-0, 9.45) is scheduled to make his third Cactus League start (4th appearance) against D-backs left-hander Wade Miley (0-1, 6.75).

THE COUNTDOWN
8 days to Opening Day, 4/1 at Oakland 15 days to Home Opener, 4/8 vs. Houston

UPCOMING PROBABLE PITCHERS (subject to change)…
TODAY: Mariners at D-backs SEA — Saunders*, Perez, Luetge, Loe ARI — Miley*, Sipp, Ziegler MONDAY: Mariners at Reds SEA — Maurer*, Pryor, Capps, Perez, Luetge CIN — Bailey* 1:10 710 ESPN Seattle

RECENT RESULTS
March 18..........................W, 6-5 at OAK March 19........................... W, 6-3 vs. SF March 21.......................... L, 4-7 vs. CHI March 22............................ W, 3-1 at SD March 23........................L, 5-10 vs. CLE

1:10

710 ESPN Seattle

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
March 25....................@Cincinnati (1:05) March 26.................. Kansas City (1:05) March 27.................. LA Dodgers (1:05) March 28................ @Chicago-NL (1:05) March 29................................Travel Day March 30......... vs. Colorado (Salt Lake ) Bold - Peoria Stadium

TUESDAY: Mariners vs. Royals 1:05 SEA — Bonderman*, Farquhar, Furbush, Loe, Pyror KC — Chen*

710 ESPN Seattle

SPRING WINS…the Mariners 18 wins are the second-most this spring behind the Royals (20-6-1), and are already tied for 3rd-most in club spring history…Seattle also had 18 wins in 1998 & 2004, 20 in 1999 and a club-record 21 in 1994. WELCOME BACK ENDY…Endy Chavez signed with the Mariners this morning as a minor league free agent…the veteran of 11 MLB seasons was the Mariners Opening Day left fielder in 2009. SMOAKIN…Justin Smoak is batting .408 (20x49) with 7 doubles, 4 home runs, 11 RBI and a 1.230 OPS (.434 OBP, .796 SLG)…amongst Cactus League leaders ranks tied for first in doubles (7), 6th in slugging (.796), T5th in total bases (39) and 8th in OPS (1.230)…he has recorded at least one hit in 13 of his 15 Cactus League games, including a current 7-game hitting streak (.458/11x24)…additionally, Smoak is batting .378 (14x37) left-handed and .500 (6x12) right-handed. ON THE BACK FIELDS…Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma started in a minor league game yesterday against the Cincinnati Reds Triple-A affiliate…Kuma allowed 2 runs and 10 hits in 7.0 innings (+ 2 batters), striking out 5 (32 BF, 91 pitches/65 strikes)…Iwakuma is scheduled to make his final spring start Thursday vs. the Chicago Cubs in Mesa. KING FELIX TO GET SIXTH OPENING DAY NOD…Mariners manager Eric Wedge announced Thursday that Felix Hernandez will be the Mariners Opening Day starter April 1 vs. the Oakland A’s…if all goes as planned, this will be King Felix’s sixth career Opening Day start (2007, 2009-2012), which will tie Randy Johnson for the club record…Felix is 3-0, 1.59 ERA (7 ER, 39.2 IP) with 33 strikeouts in his five career Opening Day starts…LHP Brett Anderson will start for the A’s. KING FELIX…Felix Hernandez struck out 9 batters in 6.0 scoreless innings Friday night vs. the Padres, including 6 consecutive in the third and fourth innings…after allowing 2 hits in the second inning, Felix retired the final 13 batters he faced to end his start (70 pitches, 50 strikes)…Felix is scheduled to make his final spring start Wednesday vs. the Dodgers. WINNING STREAKS…the Mariners had their six-game Cactus League winning streak snapped Thursday vs. the Cubs, but have still won 7 of their last 9…the 6-game win streak March 14-19 was the second winning streak of 5+ games this spring…also had a 10-game winning streak Feb. 23-March 4, the longest spring winning streak in club history, besting the previous 8-game streak set March 28-April 4, 1993. SAVE ME…the Mariners are tied for the Cactus League lead with 10 saves (with Cleveland), including two each by Oliver Perez and Danny Farquhar…recorded a save in 6 of last 7 wins. CACTUS LEAGUE NUGGETS…
• • • • • • • • • Mighty Morse - Michael Morse is T2nd in the Cactus League with 6 HR…is batting .349 in 15 G. Shoppach HBP - Kelly Shoppach is T2nd this spring with 3 HBP…led AL w/18 HBP in 2009. Current Roster - Mariners roster currently is at 33 players (27 roster + 5 non-roster). Radio - The remaining spring games will air LIVE on 710 ESPN Seattle. Extra Bases - Seattle leads all teams with 115 extra base hits and a .518 slugging percentage. Michael Saunders (Canada) was named to the METLIFE All-WBC Team (.727 AVG, HR, 7 RBI). Jesus Montero ranks T5th in the Cactus League with 6 doubles. RH Brandon Maurer has recorded a 1.20 ERA (2 ER, 15.0 IP) in 5 G/2 GS and T10th w/15 K’s. The Mariners are celebrating their 20th spring training playing games at Peoria Stadium.

BY THE NUMBERS

6

Homers by Michael Morse to tie for 2nd-most in the Cactus League lead.

11 17 18 48

Extra base hits by Justin Smoak (7 2B, 4 HR) to tie for 2nd-most in spring play.

Career hits by Joe Saunders (.138 avg).

Wins by the Mariners, trailing only KC (20) for most spring training wins.

Home runs the Mariners have hit this spring to lead all Major League teams.

SPRING LONGBALLS
Here is a list of most home runs hit by the Mariners in spring training play: 51 (1999), 48 (2013), 47 (2009), 41 (1994), 40 (2000)…Mariners current HR/G average of 1.78 is well ahead of the 1.59 mark set in 1999.

SINGLE-GAME TICKETS
Single-game tickets for the 2013 season are currently on sale…tickets are available without a service charge at the Safeco Field Box Office and Seattle Mariners Team Stores… good tickets are still available for the Mariners home opener April 8 vs. the Houston Astros.

broadcast notes
Today’s game vs. the Diamondbacks will be broadcast on ESPN 710 Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…Rick Rizzs (28th season) and Aaron Goldsmith (1st season) will call the game from Scottsdale.

HOME RUN DERBY…the Mariners have hit 48 HR to lead all spring training teams (Cubs are 2nd w/44), which are second-most in spring club history (record is 51 in 1999 - 32 G)…eclipses HR totals from recent springs (28 HR in 26 G in ‘12, 27 HR in 31 G in ‘11, 23 HR in 32 G in ‘10)…have hit at least one home run in 26 of 27 Cactus League games…the 48 home runs have been hit by 22 different players, including 6 home runs by Michael Morse (T2nd in Cactus League) and 5 by Kendrys Morales (T4th in CL)…the individual club record for home runs in a single spring training is 8 set by Mike Wilson in 2009. HEY JOHN…thanks for filling in for Greg Johns the last couple of days!…DID YOU KNOW?…that the Mariners are 10-3 when playing as the road team this spring?…the 10 road wins, which include 2 wins over the Padres as the visiting team in Peoria, are most in all of baseball this spring.

2013 SPRING TRAINING GAME NOTES • March 24 2013 • at Arizona Diamondbacks

TODAY’S STARTING PITCHER -- #23 JOE SAUNDERS (LHP)
YEAR TEAM W-L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO 2012 ARIZONA 6-10 4.22 21 21 1 1 130.0 146 68 61 17 31 89 AZL D-Backs# 0-1 6.23 1 1 0 0 4.1 3 5 3 0 5 7 BALTIMORE 3-3 3.63 7 7 0 0 44.2 49 20 18 4 8 23 2013 SPRING 1-0 9.45 3 2 0 0 6.2 13 9 7 0 2 2 MLB TOTALS 78-65 4.15 189 189 7 3 1161.1 1236 592 535 145 354 662

2013 Spring Training: 1-0, 9.45 in 3 G/2 GS this spring - allowed 2 R on 8 H and K’d 8 in Mariners MiLB Intrasquad game on 3/19 (6.0,8,2,2,2,8)…allowed 7 R (5 ER) on 9 H in 3.2 IP 3/14 vs. CIN…allowed 3 R (2 ER) on 4 H in 2.2 innings on 3/9 at SD (B-Game)…W #1 in 1st GS, 3/3 @TEX (2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB)…allowed 2 R on 3 H in 1.0 IP on 2/26 at MIL. • Combined to go 9-13 with a 4.07 ERA in 28 starts with Arizona (21 GS) and Baltimore (7 GS)…made 2 postseason starts for the Orioles, going 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA (2 ER, 11.1 IP)…was the starting and winning pitcher in the Orioles one-game wild card playoff win at Texas (5.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 SO). • In 8 ML seasons with the Angels (2005-2010), Diamondbacks (2010-2012) and Orioles (2012) is 78-65 with a 4.15 ERA in 189 career starts. Since 2008 ranks 6th the Majors in games started (156), 6th in wins (63) and 7th in innings pitched (974.0)…over the last 5 seasons has averaged 13 wins, 31 starts and 195.0 innings per season (63-57, 156 GS, 974.0 IP). • Signed as Major League free agent on February 12, 2013.

ALSO SCHEDULED TO PITCH…
2013 Spring Training: 0-0-2, 2.84 - charged with 1 R on 2 H and struck out 6 in 2.2 innings in MiL game on 3/21 vs. TEX…allowed 1 R on 2 H in 1.0 IP 3/18 at OAK…SV#2 on 3/16 at COL, tossing scoreless 9th inning (1 BB, 1 K)…SV#1 on 3/14 vs. CIN, retiring all 3 BF in 9th inning…allowed 1 H and K’d 1 in 1.0 ShO IP 3/2 vs. LAD…tossed 1.1 scoreless innings in ST debut on 2/22 vs. SD…allowed 1 R in 1.0 IP on 2/26 at MIL (1.0,0,1,1,1,0,WP,HB). • Was 1-3, 2.12 in 33 relief appearances with Seattle last season…all 3 losses came in extra innings. • Did not allow a run in 20 consecutive appearances July 13-Sept. 14, tied for fourth-longest streak in club history. • Was 2-2, 4.65 with 1 save in 22 relief appearances with AAA Tacoma…at time of recall, led PCL with 12.19 K’s/9.0 IP.

#59 - Oliver Perez (lhp):

#44 - Lucas Luetge (lhp):

2013 Spring Training: 0-0, 5.14 - tossed scoreless inning, allowing 1 hit and striking out 1 in MiL game on 3/21 vs. TEX…allowed 1 R on 1 H on 3/18 at OAK…walked 1 and struck out 4 in 2.0 scoreless innings, 3/15 vs. Team NED…charged with 1 R on 2 H in 1.0 IP on 3/12 vs. ARI (1.0,2,1,1,1,1)…allowed 2 R (1 ER) on 3 H, while K’ing 3 in 1.0 IP 3/10 vs. CWS (1.0,3,2,1,0,3,WP)…allowed 1 H and K’d 1 in 1.0 scoreless inning 3/7 at KC…struck out side 3/4 vs. COL (1.0,1,1,0,0,3)…tossed 1.0 ShO IP (H, BB) on 2/27 at CLE…allowed 1 R on 3 hits in 1.0 IP in ST debut on 2/24 vs. SD (1.0,3,1,1,1,1). • Went 2-2 with a 3.98 (18 ER, 40.2 IP) ERA in 63 relief appearances with Seattle in his rookie season. • Led the team with 12 holds, T4th-most among AL rookie relief pitchers. • Made 63 relief appearances, 4th-most amongst AL rookies, and T3rd-most in rookie club history. • Selected by Seattle from Milwaukee in the ML phase of the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 8, 2011.

#31 - Kameron Loe (rhp):

2013 Spring Training: 0-0, 2.25 - tossed scoreless 8th inning 3/22 at SD (1.0,1,0,0,1,1,2WP)…SV#1 on 3/19 vs. SF, allowing 1 H in scoreless 9th inning…BS and W#1 3/17 vs. TEX, allowing 2 R on 2 H in 8th inning…allowed 1 H in 1.0 scoreless innings in B-game on 3/14 at CLE…ShO 9th vs. MIL 3/6 (1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 K)…tossed 1.0 scoreless inning (1 H, 1 K) on 3/2 vs. LAD…struck out 2 in 1-2-3 inning on 2/23 at SD…allowed 1 unearned run on 2 hits in 2.0 IP on 2/26 at MIL. • Went 5-6 with a 4.61 ERA (35 ER, 68.1 IP) in 70 relief appearances with Milwaukee in 2012. • Ranked T24th among National League relievers in appearances; over the last 2 seasons combined for 142 appearances, T11th-most amongst NL relievers. • Compiled a 32-40 record with 4 saves in 302 career Major League games (47 GS) over 8 ML season with Texas (2004-08) and Milwaukee (2010-12)…played one season in Japan in 2009 with Softbank. • Signed by Seattle as a Minor League free agent on Feb. 12, 2013.

MINOR LEAGUE EXTRAS: #75 - Blake Hauser (rhp): Made professional debut with Everett in 2012…went 3-1, 3.75 in 15 relief appearances…Mariners 13th
round selection of the 2012 June Draft out of Virginia Commonwealth University.

#92 - Kyle Hunter (lhp): Went 4-5, 2.98 ERA in 39 relief appearances with A Clinton in 2012…led all Midwest relievers with 84.2 innings and lowest walk per 9.0 inning ratio (1.17), while ranking 5th in few base runners per 9.0 innings (9.89)…selected by Seattle in the 31st round of the 2011 June Draft out of Kansas State University. #93 - Dominic Leone (rhp): Began pro career with Everett in 2012, going 3-0 with a 1.36 ERA…finished tied for the team lead in saves and appearances…limited opponents to a .177 (20x113) average, while walking 19 and striking out 39…his .177 average ranked as the 4th-lowest amongst NWST relievers…selected by Seattle in the 16th round of the 2012 June Draft out of Clemson University… college teammates with Mariners infielder Brad Miller. #94 - Andrew Kittredge (rhp): Spent majority of season with High Desert (2-1, 5.81), but also appeared in games with Clinton (1-0, 0.84) and Jackson (0-0, 1.80) in 2012…played for Adelaide in the Australian Baseball League…signed as a non-drafted free agent on Aug. 21, 2011. #96 - Forrest Snow (rhp): Split 2012 season between AAA Tacoma and AA Jackson, going 5-9, 6.35 ERA in 32 games (30 GS)…
selected by Seattle in the 36th round of the 2010 June Draft out of the University of Washington.

TOMORROW’S STARTING PITCHER -- #37 BRANDON MAURER (RHP)
YEAR TEAM W-L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO 2012 Jackson 9-2 3.20 24 24 1 0 137.2 133 54 49 4 48 117 2013 SPRING 2-1 1.20 5 2 0 0 15.0 13 2 2 0 5 15 MiLB TOTALS 16-17 3.65 67 58 2 0 323.0 308 152 131 20 101 294

2013 Spring Training: Scheduled to make his sixth spring appearance (3rd start) tomorrow vs. the Reds…is 2-1 with a 1.20 ERA (2 ER, 15.0 IP)…recorded 15 strikeouts to lead the team, one ahead of Felix Hernandez…ND in GS 3/19 vs. SF, allowing only 1 R on 3 H in 5.0 IP…W#2 on 3/14 vs. CIN, allowing only 3 H in 4.0 scoreless innings (4.0,3,0,0,2,4)…L#1, allowing 1 R on 4 H in 3.0 IP (1 BB, 4 K) on 3/7 at OAK…W#1 on 3/1 vs. TEX (2.0,2,0,0,2,2)…allowed 1H and 1 K in scoreless inning in ST debut on 2/25 vs. LAA (1.0,1,0,0,0,1). • Named Southern League Most Outstanding pitcher of the Year after going 9-2 with a 3.20 ERA (49 ER, 137.2 IP) in 24 starts with AAJackson…named Most Improved Player by the Seattle Mariners. • Led the Southern League with a .818 winning percentage and ranked 5th in ERA. • Tied for the Generals lead in wins (9), while leading hte team in strikeouts (117) and innings pitched (137.1 IP).

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