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Wednesday, March 27, 2013 Peoria Stadium LOS ANGELES DODGERS (11-18-3) vs. SEATTLE MARINERS (19-11)

Game #31 Home #16

TODAY’S GAME INFORMATION
Starting Pitchers: LH Clayton Kershaw (2-2, 3.60) vs. RH Felix Hernandez (0-1, 1.64) 1:05 pm • Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle / Mariners.com • TV: None
SPRING RECORD
Overall Record............................... 19-11 PEORIA STADIUM........................... 10-7 Home Record.................................... 8-7 Road Record................................... 11-4 Current Streak.....................................L1

TODAY’S TILT…the Mariners (19-11) host the Los Angeles Dodgers (11-18-3) in their final game at Peoria Stadium this spring…Seattle has won 8 of their last 12 Cactus League games, and with a 19-11 record, have the third-best winning percentage (.633) in spring play behind Kansas City (236-1/.793) and Baltimore (18-8-3/.692)…right-hander Felix Hernandez (0-1, 1.64) will make his final spring tune-up against Dodgers right-hander Clayton Kershaw (2-2, 3.60).

THE COUNTDOWN
5 days to Opening Day, 4/1 at Oakland 12 days to Home Opener, 4/8 vs. Houston

UPCOMING PROBABLE PITCHERS (subject to change)…
TODAY: SEA — LAD — THURSDAY: SEA — CHI — SATURDAY: SEA — COL — Mariners vs. Dodgers Hernandez* Kershaw* Mariners at Cubs Iwakuma*, Capps, Luetge Villanueva* Mariners vs. Rockies (Salt Lake City) Maurer* Francis* 1:05 710 ESPN Seattle

RECENT RESULTS
March 22............................ W, 3-1 at SD March 23........................L, 5-10 vs. CLE March 24............................ L, 4-8 at ARI March 25.........................W, 16-0 at CIN March 26..........................L, 6-11 vs. KC

12:05

710 ESPN Seattle

1:05/12:05

710 ESPN Seattle/ROOT

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
March 28........ @Chicago-NL (12:05 pm) March 29................................Travel Day March 30......... vs. Colorado (Salt Lake ) March 31......Workout in Oakland (2 pm) April 1..... Opening Day @OAK (7:07 pm) Bold - Peoria Stadium

THE KING VS. KERSHAW…today’s pitching match-up features the 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez vs. 2011 NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw…the pitchers are two of the best in the game, and here is a look at their stats over the last four seasons (since 2009): Pitcher W-L G GS ERA IP SO K/9.0 IP CG SHO Hernandez 59-40 134 134 2.81 954.0 894 8.4 18 7 Kershaw 56-32 129 128 2.60 836.1 874 9.4 8 5 MORSE HR KING…Michael Morse is tied for the spring training lead with 7 home runs, including yesterday’s monster shot that cleared the 40-foot batter’s eye in center field…Morse is one home run short of the Mariners spring record of 8 HR set by Mike Wilson in 2009…Morse is also hitting for average (.353/18x51) and has a 1.247 OPS (.424 OBP, .824 SLG) in 17 Cactus League games. HOME RUN DERBY…the Mariners have set a club spring record with 54 home runs, leading all MLB teams (Braves are 2nd with 46)…the old record was 51 home runs in 32 games in 1999…the Mariners have hit at least one home run in 29 of 30 Cactus League games, with 22 players recording at least one home run (14 with 2+ HR)…Michael Morse (7), Kendrys Morales (6) and Franklin Gutierrez (5) lead the team in home runs. LESS THAN A WEEK…in five days the Mariners will open the 2013 regular season against the Oakland A’s (7:07 p.m.)…and in 12 days the Mariners will host the Houston Astros at Safeco Field in the 2013 home opener (7:10 p.m.). SPRING WINS…the Mariners 19 wins are the second-most this spring behind the Royals (23-6-1), and are already 3rd-most in club spring history…Seattle had 20 wins in 1999 and a club-record 21 in 1994…the Mariners have four spring games remaining including today vs. the Royals. SMOAKIN…Justin Smoak is batting .434 (23x53) with 8 doubles, 4 home runs, 14 RBI and a 1.295 OPS (.483 OBP, .811 SLG)…amongst Cactus League leaders ranks tied for first in doubles (8), 4th in slugging (.811), 6th in total bases (43), 3rd in OPS (1.295), T6th in hits (23) and 4th in batting average (.431)…he has recorded at least one hit in 15 of his 17 Cactus League games (7 multi-hit), including a current 9-game hitting streak (.500/14x28)…additionally, Smoak is batting .415 (17x41) left-handed and .500 (6x12) right-handed. PEORIA DIAMOND CLUB ROY…right-hander Brandon Maurer has been named the Peoria Diamond Club Rookie of the Year…Maurer leads the Cactus League with a 0.90 ERA, is T2nd with 3 wins and 3rd with 22 strikeouts…also averaging 9.90 K/9.0 IP, second-best amongst Cactus League qualifiers behind Clayton Kershaw (10.08)…Maurer has allowed only 2 runs in his 20.0 innings (6 G/3 GS), including 5.0 scoreless innings in his start Monday at Cincinnati…over his last 3 outings (all starts) has allowed 1 run in 14.0 innings. KING FELIX TO GET SIXTH OPENING DAY NOD…Felix Hernandez will be the Mariners Opening Day starter April 1 vs. the Oakland A’s…it 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. CACTUS LEAGUE NUGGETS…
• • • • • • K/9.0 IP - Kameron Loe and Carter Capps are both averaging 13.50 K/9.0 IP. Current Roster - Mariners roster currently is at 33 players (28 roster + 5 non-roster). Extra Bases - Seattle leads all teams with 130 extra base hits and a .522 slugging percentage. Michael Saunders (Canada) was named to the METLIFE All-WBC Team (.727 AVG, HR, 7 RBI). Jesus Montero is batting .405 (15x37) with 6 doubles, 2 home runs and 10 RBI (1.180 OPS). The Mariners are celebrating their 20th spring training playing games at Peoria Stadium.

BY THE NUMBERS

5 7

Consecutive multi-hit games recorded by Dustin Ackley.

Home runs by Michael Morse to tie for the spring training lead.

12 19 54

Extra base hits by Justin Smoak (8 2B, 4 HR), 2nd-most in the Cactus League.

Wins by the Mariners, trailing only KC (23) for most spring training wins.

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

SPRING LONGBALLS
The Mariners have set a spring training club record with 54 home runs so far (in 30 G)…here is a list of most home runs hit by the Mariners in spring training play: 54 (2013), 51 (1999), 47 (2009), 41 (1994), 40 (2000)…Mariners current HR/G average of 1.80 is also 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 Mariners Team Stores…good tickets are still available for the Mariners home opener April 8 vs. Houston.

broadcast notes
Today’s game vs. the Dodgers will be broadcast on ESPN 710 Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network with Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith calling the action from Peoria.

ACKLEY HEATING UP…Dustin Ackley has recorded five consecutive multi-hit games (.500/10x20) to raise his spring batting average from .292 to .386 (17x44). HEY GREG, YOU ALREADY KNOW…that with 54 home runs the Mariners have set a club spring record and are only the fifth time since 2006 to hit 50+ HR in spring play…BUT DID YOU KNOW?… that according to the Elias Sports Bureau the Mariners 54 home runs are 4th-most over the last 20 spring trainings?…only the Cubs (62 in 1999), Royals (56 in 2009) and Tigers (55 in 2006) have more.

2013 SPRING TRAINING GAME NOTES • March 27, 2013 • vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

TODAY’S STARTING PITCHER -- #34 FELIX HERNANDEZ (RHP)
YEAR TEAM W-L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO 2012 SEATTLE 13-9 3.06 33 33 5 5 232.0 209 84 79 14 56 223 2013 SPRING 0-1 1.64 3 3 0 0 11.0 5 2 2 1 1 14 MLB TOTALS 98-76 3.22 238 238 23 9 1620.1 1484 648 579 130 480 1487

2013 Spring Training: 0-1, 1.64 - struck out 9 and allowed 2 H in 6.0 ShO IP in ND 3/22 at SD (6.0,2,0,0,0,9)…allowed 1 R on 3 hits and K’d 6 in 4.0 innings on 3/17 vs. CIN in MiL game (4.0,3,1,1,0,6,HB - 62-44)…L#1 3/12 vs. ARI, despite allowing only 1 hit (HR) in 3.0 innings (3.0,1,1,1,1,3,HR)…made first official ST start 3/7 vs. KC, allowing 1 R on 2 hits (0 BB, 2 K) in 2.0…threw a simulated game (3/3) and live BP. • Went 13-9, 3.06 (5th in AL) in 33 GS in 2012…led the AL in ShO (5), 2nd in IP (232.0) & CG (5), 3rd in Ks (223), T5th in QS (21). • Threw the 23rd perfect game in MLB history Aug. 15 vs. TB, a 1-0 victory…was 7th PG in MLB history to be decided by 1-0 score. • Selected to All-Star Team but did not pitch…was 3rd ASG selection. • Fourth consecutive season with 200+ IP, 200+ K, 30+ GS and a sub 3.50 ERA. • Was 9-0, 1.40 over a 14-game stretch June 17-Aug. 27. • Signed new seven-year contract on Feb. 13 and is now signed thru 2019.

For the final games of spring, the bullpen is all available…below is a snapshot of the current guys in the ‘pen…full day-by-day stat lines are in the Mariners stat pack.
PITCHER 58-Capps, rhp 39-Farquhar, rhp 41-Furbush, lhp 31-Loe, rhp 44-Luetge, lhp 59-Perez, lhp 46-Pryor, rhp 54-Wilhelmsen, rh LAST APP. 3/25 at CIN 3/23 vs. CLE 3/23 vs. CLE 3/24 at ARI 3/25 at CIN 3/26 vs. KC 3/25 at CIN 3/26 vs. KC IP,H,R,ER,BB,K 1.0,1,0,0,0,1 1.0,0,0,0,0,1 1.0,0,0,0,0,0 2.0,2,0,0,0,3 1.0,0,0,0,0,1 1.0,3,2,2,0,2 1.0,1,0,0,1,0 2.0,4,2,2,0,3 LAST WIN None 3/22 at SD None 3/17 vs. TEX None None None 3/19 vs. SF LAST SAVE 3/22 at SD 3/17 vs. TEX None 3/19 vs. SF None 3/16 at COL None None LAST LOSS None None 3/6 vs. MIL None None None None 3/13 at KC THIS SPRING 8 games 7 games 9 games 8 games 9 games 8 games 9 games 9 games W-L-S, ERA 0-0-1, 1.13 1-0-2, 5.68 0-1-0, 3.48 1-0-1, 1.80 0-0-0, 4.00 0-0-2, 4.32 0-0-0, 2.00 1-1-0, 5.40 IP,H,R,ER,BB,K 8.0,6,2,1,2,12 6.1,5,4,4,0,8 10.1,11,5,4,4,8 10.0,11,3,2,2,15 9.0,12,6,4,2,12 8.1,6,4,4,3,6 9.0,6,3,2,3,9 10.0,13,6,6,4,13

IN THE BULLPEN…

strain)…also appeared in four games with AZL Mariners in two different rehab stints…was 1-3, 5.21 in 7 GS with High Desert…tossed 1.0 scoreless inning at Jackson…signed as non-drafted free agent Dec. 26, 2008…from La Victoria, DR.

MINOR LEAGUE EXTRAS: #75 - George Mieses (rhp): Was limited to just 8 games (7 GS) between High Desert and Jackson in 2012 due to injury (right shoulder

#92 - Jimmy Gilheeney (lhp): Spent most of 2012 season at High Desert before being promoted to Jackson…combined to record
148 strikeouts, the most of any Mariners farmhand…was 8-4, 5.39 in 23 starts at High Desert with 121 Ks in 120.1 IP…was 0-1, 3.81 in 5 GS with Jackson…was the Mariners 8th round selection in the 2009 Draft out of North Carolina State.

#93 - Bobby Shore (rhp): Was 4-3, 1.94 in 17 games (10 starts) at Clinton last season…made first 7 appearances with Lumber Kings

out of the ‘pen, but moved to rotation July 15: was 3-1, 1.60 in his 10 starts…appeared in 1 game in Everett before being promoted… Mariners 41st round selection in the June 2011 draft…graduated from University of Oklahoma in 2011.

#96 - Jeremy Dobbs (lhp): Was 5-2, 4.99 in 23 games, 9 starts, at Clinton in 2012…was 2-2, 5.20 in 9 starts before being moved to the bullpen on July 9…was 3-0-1, 4.66 in 14 relief appearances…was Mariners 33rd round pick in the June 2011 draft out of Austin Peay State. #99 - Forrest Snow (rhp): Started season at Tacoma and appeared in 9 games, making 2 starts, while posting a 1-2, 5.35 record… transferred to Jackson on June 14…was in Jackson rotation (1-5, 4.37 in 9 starts) before moving to ‘pen on July 29 (3-0, 4.61 in 10 games)…Seattle native graduated from Lakeside High School in 2007, and attended Univ. of Washington 2008-2010…Mariners 36th round pick out of UW in June 2010 draft.

TOMORROW’S STARTING PITCHER -- #18 HISASHI IWAKUMA (RHP)
YEAR TEAM W-L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO 2012 SEATTLE 9-5 3.16 30 16 0 0 125.1 117 49 44 17 43 101 2013 SPRING 2-0 3.60 5 4 0 0 15.0 13 6 6 1 2 4 MLB TOTALS 9-5 3.16 30 16 0 0 125.1 117 49 44 17 43 101 JAPAN TOTALS 107-69 3.25 226 225 48 6 1541.0 1514 622 557 109 342 1175

2013 Spring Training: 2-0, 3.60 - W#2, allowing 3 R, including a 2-out 2-R HR, on 6 H in 5.0 IP on 3/18 at OAK…tossed 3.0 perfect innings, before allowing 2 R on 4 H in the 4th inning on 3/13 at KC (4.0,4,2,2,0,1)…W#1 3/7 at KC, allowing only 1 H in 3.0 scoreless innings…allowed 1 R on 2 H in 2.0 IP on 3/2 vs. LAD…retired all 3 BF in ST debut on 2/26 at MIL. • In 16 starts went 8-4 with a 2.65 ERA (28 ER, 95.0 IP) to rank first in club history in starter ERA by a rookie (2nd, F. Hernandez, 2.67 in 2005)…in 14 relief appearances posted a 1-1 record with 2 saves and 4.75 (16 ER, 30.1) ERA…ranked 2nd on team with a 3.16 ERA. • Amongst AL pitchers with at least 100.0 IP, ranked 7th with a 3.16 ERA (44 ER, 125.1 IP)…ranked 3rd amongst AL starters (min. 15 GS) with a 2.65 ERA (28 ER, 95.0 IP) in 16 starts. • Finished the season going 6-2, 1.83 ERA (11 ER, 54.0 IP) with 43 K’s over last 9 GS, posting the 2nd-best ERA by an AL starter during that stretch (M. Scherzer, DET, 1.72 ERA)…also set the Mariners rookie record with 13 K’s in first MLB win as a starter July 30 vs. TOR. • Compiled a 107-69 record in 226 career games with Kintetsu (2001-04) and Rakuten (2005-2011) in the Japan League. • Signed as a free agent from Japan on Jan. 5, 2012…signed a 2-year extension on Nov. 2, 2012.

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