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Saturday, March 23, 2013 Peoria Stadium CLEVELAND INDIANS (15-10-2) vs. SEATTLE MARINERS (18-8)

Game #27 Home #14

TODAY’S GAME INFORMATION
Starting Pitchers: LH Scott Kazmir (0-0, 0.00) vs. RH Blake Beavan (1-0, 3.86) 1:05 pm • Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle / Mariners.com • TV: ROOT Sports / MLB Network
SPRING RECORD
Overall Record................................. 18-8 PEORIA STADIUM........................... 10-5 Home Record.................................... 8-5 Road Record................................... 10-3 Current Streak................................... W1

TODAY’S TILT…the Mariners (18-8) continue Cactus League play today hosting the Cleveland Indians (15-10-2) at Peoria Stadium…the Mariners have won 7 of their last 8 Cactus League games, and with an 18-8 record have the third-best winning percentage (.692) in spring training play behind Kansas City (19-6-1/.760) and Baltimore (16-6-3/.727)…right-hander Blake Beavan (1-0, 3.86) is scheduled to make his fourth Cactus League start (5th appearance) against Indians left-hander Scott Kazmir (0-0, 0.00).

THE COUNTDOWN
9 days to Opening Day, 4/1 at Oakland 16 days to Home Opener, 4/8 vs. Houston

UPCOMING PROBABLE PITCHERS (subject to change)…
TODAY: Mariners vs. Indians 1:05 710 ESPN Seattle/ROOT SEA — Beavan*, Furbush, Wilhelmsen, Farquhar, Luetge **Iwakuma in MiLB game** CLE — Kazmir*, Pestrano, Huff, Gil SUNDAY: Mariners at D-backs 1:10 SEA — Saunders*, Farquhar, 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 16..........................W, 5-2 at COL March 17......................... W, 4-3 vs. TEX 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

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UPCOMING SCHEDULE
March 24........................@Arizona (1:10) 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

ON THE BACK FIELDS…Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma will start the Mariners Triple-A game today against the Cincinnati Reds affiliate (1 p.m., Mariners Field #3)…Jesus Sucre will catch. 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 last 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). STARTERS HEATING UP…over the last seven games Mariners starting pitchers have combined for a 2.61 ERA while averaging over 5.0 innings per start…during the seven-game stretch, Mariners starters have lowered their spring ERA from 6.69 to 4.71…the starters rank 4th in the Cactus League with a 4.71 ERA. WINNING STREAKS…the Mariners had their six-game Cactus League winning streak snapped Thursday vs. the Cubs, but have still won 7 of last 8…6-game win streak 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. SMOAKIN…Justin Smoak is batting .386 (17x44) with 5 doubles, 4 home runs, 10 RBI and a 1.189 OPS (.417 OBP, .773 SLG)…he has recorded at least one hit in 12 of his 14 Cactus League games, including a current 6-game hitting streak (.421/8x19)…additionally, Smoak is batting .389 (14x40) left-handed and .375 (3x8) right-handed. 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 six of last seven wins. CLOSE GAMES…Seattle has won seven of their last eight games, all relatively close games…there have been three 3-run wins, one 2-run margin of victory and three 1-run victories. CACTUS LEAGUE NUGGETS…
• • • • • • • • • • Mighty Morse - Michael Morse is tied for the CL lead with 6 home runs…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 34 players (27 roster + 7 non-roster). Radio - The remaining 7 spring games will air LIVE on 710 ESPN Seattle. Where’s Dave? - Dave Sims is currently in Salt Lake City calling NCAA Tournament games. Extra Bases - Seattle leads all teams with 109 extra base hits and a .515 slugging percentage. Michael Saunders (Canada) was named to the METLIFE All-WBC Team (.727 AVG, HR, 7 RBI). Jesus Montero ranks T4th 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 9

Homers by Michael Morse to tie for the Cactus League lead.

Strikeouts by Felix Hernandez last night, including 6 in a row at one point.

18 47

Wins by the Mariners, trailing only KC (19) 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), 47 (2013), 47 (2009), 41 (1994), 40 (2000)…Mariners current HR/G average of 1.84 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
Tonight’s game vs. the Indians will be broadcast on ESPN 710 Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network and televised on ROOT Sports…Rick Rizzs and Mike Blowers will call the game on the TV side, with Aaron Goldsmith and Dave Valle handling the radio call…Valle and Blowers will each do 4 1/2 innings on radio/TV.

HOME RUN DERBY…the Mariners have hit 47 HR to lead all spring training teams, already eclipsing the home run totals from the last three spring trainings: 28 HR in 26 G in ‘12, 27 HR in 31 G in ‘11, 23 HR in 32 G in ‘10 (also hit 47 in 2009)…the total is already tied for 2nd-most in club spring history (record is 51 in 1999 - 32 G)…have hit at least one home run in 25 of 26 Cactus League games… the 47 home runs have been hit by 22 different players, including 6 home runs by Michael Morse (tied for Cactus League lead) 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. ACKLEY & SEAGER HEATING UP…Dustin Ackley has recorded three consecutive multi-hit games (.500/6x12) and Kyle Seager has a hit in 5 of his last 7 games (.348/8x23). HEY MARK…you already know that the Mariners 18 wins are the second-most this spring behind the Royals (19)…BUT DID YOU KNOW?…that the 18 wins 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.

2013 SPRING TRAINING GAME NOTES • March 23, 2013 • vs. Cleveland Indians

TODAY’S STARTING PITCHER -- #49 BLAKE BEAVAN (RHP)
YEAR TEAM W-L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO 2012 SEATTLE 11-11 4.43 26 26 0 0 152.1 168 76 75 23 24 67 Tacoma 4-0 2.61 6 6 0 0 38.0 39 12 11 3 9 15 2013 SPRING 1-0 3.86 4 3 0 0 14.0 14 6 6 3 0 9 MLB TOTALS 16-17 4.37 41 41 1 0 249.1 274 122 121 36 39 109 MiLB TOTALS 42-25 3.65 99 99 0 0 584.0 624 276 237 48 99 338

2013 Spring Training: 1-0, 3.86 - allowed 1 R on 3 H and struck out 2 in 6.0 innings, but didn’t figure into the decision on 3/17 vs. TEX... ND in GS 3/6 vs. MIL (3.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 K, 2 HR)...worked 3.0 IP 2/28 @SF in relief (2H, 2 ER, 3 K, HR)...recorded the win in ST debut, tossing 2.0 ShO IP (2.0,2,0,0,0,1) on 2/23 at SD. • Went 11-11 with a 4.43 ERA (75, ER, 152.1 IP) in 26 starts with Seattle in 2012...also made 6 starts with AAA-Tacoma, June 13-July-17, going 4-0 with a 2.61 ERA (11 ER, 38.0 IP) in 6 starts with the Rainiers. • Posted career-highs in nearly every pitching category, including wins (11), starts (26), innings pitched (152.1) and strikeouts (67). • Issued only 24 walks in 152.1 innings, 2nd-fewest in the Majors last season by a pitchers with at least 150.0 innings (Colon, 23) • Acquired by Seattle from Texas along with Justin Smoak (inf), Josh Lueke (rhp) and Matt Lawson (inf) in exchange for Cliff Lee (lhp) and Mark Lowe (rhp) on July 9, 2010.

ALSO SCHEDULED TO PITCH…
2013 Spring Training: 0-1, 3.86 - struck out 2 and walked 2 in scoreless inning 3/19 vs. SF...allowed 1 H and struck out 1 in 2.0 scoreless IP 3/16 at COL...allowed 1 R on 2 HR in 1.0 IP 3/13 at KC (1.0,2,1,1,1,1)...allowed back-to-back HR with 2 outs 3/10 vs. CWS (1.0,2,2,2,1,0,2HR)...L #1 3/6 vs. MIL on solo HR (1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 K, HR)...struck out 1 in 1-2-3 inning 3/2 vs. LAD...allowed 1 H in 1.0 ShO IP 2/27 at CLE...allowed an unearned run in 1.0 IP in ST debut on 2/24 vs. SD (1.0,2,1,0,0,1). • Split 2012 season between Seattle (5-2, 2.72 in 48 games) and AAA Tacoma (1-0, 3.60 in 7 games). • With Seattle, averages 10.29 strikeouts per 9.0 IP and led team with a .174 opponent batting average (28x161). • Limited opposing left-handed hitters to a .147 batting average against. • Recorded 22.2 consecutive scoreless innings May 17-June 30, the 4th longest scoreless streak by a Mariners reliever in team history.

#41 - Charlie Furbush (lhp):

#44 - Lucas Luetge (lhp):

2013 Spring Training: 0-0, 5.14 - tossed scoreless inning, allowing 1 hit and stirking 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.

#54 - Tom Wilhelmsen (rhp):

2013 Spring Training: 1-1, 3.86 - BS/W#1 on 3/19 vs. SF, allowing 2 R on 2 H...allowed 2 R on 3 H in 1.0 IP 3/15 vs. Team NED...L#1 in relief allowing 1 R on 2 H and struck out 3 in 1.0 IP 3/13 at KC (1.0,2,1,1,1,3)...tossed 1.0 scoreless inning 3/10 vs. CWS (1.0,1,0,0,1,1,WP)... allowed 1 H and K’d 1 in 1.0 scoreless IP 3/7 at KC...ShO IP 3/4 vs. COL (1 H)...1-2-3 inning 2/28 at SF (2 K)...tossed 1.0 scoreless IP (BB, K) in ST debut on 2/24 vs. SD. • Was 4-3, 2.50 with team-high 29 saves in 73 appearances with Seattle last season. • Took over as closer in early June and finished season tied for 7th in AL in saves. • Among AL relievers ranked among leaders in innings (3rd/79.1), strikeouts (T4/87), games (T7) & games finished (8th/48). • Converted 22 of final 25 save opportunities...earned the save in the team’s six-pitcher combined no-hitter.

#39 - Danny Farquhar (rhp):

2013 Spring Training: 1-0-1, 6.75 - W#1 3/22 at SD, allowing game-tying solo HR in 7th inning...SV#2 3/17 vs. TEX, striking out 1 in 1-23 9th inning...retired only BF and stranding inherited runner 3/14 vs. CIN...struck out 2 of 3 BF in scoreless inning 3/9 at SD (B-Game)... worked 3/3 @TEX (1.0 IP, 1 K)...SV#1 on 2/26 at MIL, striking out 2 of 3 BF...allowed 3 R on 4 H in 1.0 innings in ST debut on 2/22 vs. SD. • Pitched for 5 teams in 2012: New Hampshire (AA), Sacramento (AAA), Trenton (AA), Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA) and Tacoma (AAA) in four organizations (Seattle, Toronto, Oakland & New York-AL). • Appeared in a combined 44 games, going 3-3 with 9 saves and a 2.65 ERA. • Was acquired by Seattle from NYY (Ichiro trade) and was 1-0, 0.54 with 4 saves in 12 games with Tacoma. • Pitched for Lara in the Venezuela Winter League (2-1, 1.50 ERA with 3 saves in 21 games).

and A Clinton in first professional season in 2012...limited opponents to a .117 (11x94) average, while walking 5 and striking out 51... selected by Seattle in the 28th round of the 2012 June Draft.

MINOR LEAGUE EXTRAS: #93 - Matt Brazis (rhp): Combined to go 2-0 with 7 saves and a 0.65 ERA (2 ER, 27.2 IP) in 18 relief appearances between R Pulaski

#92 - 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 agenton Aug. 21, 2011. #94 - Stephen Kohlscheen (rhp): Spent majority of season with High Desert (3-2, 3.27), but also appeared in games with Clinton
(1-1, 3.96) and Jackson (0-0, 0.00)...selected by Seattle in the 45th round of the 2010 June Draft.

TOMORROW’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 - allowed 2 R on 8 H and K’d 8 in Mariners MiL Intrasquad game on March 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 free agent on February 12, 2013.

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