After an ugly series in Los Angeles, the Mariners look to rebound in the comforts of Safeco Field.
Taijuan Walker failed to pitch into the fifth inning for the second straight outing, giving up five runs, six hits and four walks on Wednesday night in a 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Howie Kendrick drove in two runs with a broken-bat two-run single in the ninth inning to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 6-5 victory over the Seattle on Tuesday night.
While starting the season strong isn’t necessary, it’s much preferred to the alternative — a loss on Opening Day. At home. With your ace on the mound. Amidst a bevy of high expectations from across the baseball landscape.
Robinson Cano added his first spring homer for the Mariners and is hitting .364 in exhibition play
Though it’s been clear enough for a few weeks and as close to official without being so, the club has set its starting rotation after optioning Roenis Elias to Triple-A Tacoma. The Mariners also optioned right-handed reliever Carson Smith, which clarifies the bullpen too.
This time it’s different for Seattle. Before the season begins the Mariners are viewed as favorites in the AL West
Robinson Cano’s ability to hit to all fields is now well known to Mariners fans. Coaches Howard Johnson and Chris Woodward devise an experiment during batting practice to test his skill. Manager Lloyd McClendon gets involved with a tough assignment for Robbie, who hits it out of the park.
J.A. Happ allowed a two-run homer to Donald Lutz in his first outing this spring.
Nelson Cruz drove in a pair of runs on a bomb and helped lift Seattle over San Diego for the second game in a row.