Mariners Gameday Preview (02/28/2014)


Feb 25, 2014; Mesa, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners outfielder Endy Chavez (9) gets the start in CF for the M’s today. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Mariners got their Cactus League schedule off to a successful start with a 7-1 thumping of the San Diego Padres on Thursday. The Mariners are back at it again today against the Padres with first pitch from Peoria Stadium set for 12:05 PM PST.

Here are today’s lineups:


1. CF Endy Chavez
2. SS Nick Franklin
3. 2B Ty Kelly
4. DH Corey Hart
5. 1B Jesus Montero
6. RF Michael Saunders
7. LF Stefen Romero
8. C John Buck
9. 3B Willie Bloomquist
SP James Paxton

San Diego

1. CF Rico Noel
2. DH Seth Smith
3. 1B Xavier Nady
4. LF Kyle Blanks
5. C Nick Hundley
6. RF Rymer Liriano
7. SS Ryan Jackson
8. 3B Alberto Gonzalez
9. 2B Cory Spangenberg
SP Andrew Cashner

So today, we get the Mariners debut of Corey Hart and John Buck, the return of Willie Bloomquist and the first spring start for James Paxton. Again, you can listen in on Audio or at

Fresh Prince Gets A Week

The Mariners have shut down Taijuan Walker for the next seven days as an exam in Los Angeles revealed shoulder inflammation, as according to Bob Dutton (Twitter).

The Mariners had been progressing slowly with Walker ever since camp first broke after he had some soreness in that shoulder. Manager Lloyd McClendon added that they were not planning on rushing Walker back.

Walker is not the only one with arm troubles. Matt Palmer, who was scheduled to get some work in today’s game will miss a few days due to a strained elbow .

More on these stories as they develop. Highlights and analysis after the game.