Mar 4, 2015; Peoria, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners players stand in the dugout before a spring training baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
The Seattle Mariners (2-1) are set to partake in their first split squad games of the spring. The M’s will be hosting the Arizona Diamondbacks (2-1) this afternoon at the Peoria Sports Complex. First pitch is set for 12:05 PST in Peoria, AZ. Some of the other Mariners will be making the short trip south to Glendale, AZ to take on the Chicago White Sox (1-2). First pitch at Camelback Ranch is also scheduled for 12:05 pm PST.
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Neither game is televised, but you will able to hear the smooth stylings of Rick Rizzs on 710 ESPN when the Mariners take on the D-backs in Peoria. MLBT.tv will also be carrying the audio broadcast. Unfortunately, The M’s game against the Pale Hos will not be broadcasted in any format.
Hisashi Iwakuma (15-9, 3.52 ERA) will make his spring debut for the Mariners when they take on the Diamondbacks this afternoon. 29-year-old right-hander Josh Collmenter (11-9, 3.46 ERA) will be on the hill for the D-backs. Over in Glendale, non-roster invitee Jordan Pries (9-8, 4.06 ERA in AAA) will be toeing the rubber for the M’s. Pries spent 2014 with the Mariners triple-A affiliate in Tacoma. The White Sox will counter with former Mariner Hector Noesi (8-11, 4.39 ERA).
The starting lineups for both games were announced earlier this morning.
The Seattle Mariners finished 2014 at 87-75, good for third in the American League, but missing out on the postseason by just one game. The M’s have put together a fantastic offseason, making quality additions all over the roster. Seattle has to be considered the favorites on paper to supplant the Angels as division champs. The Mariners appear poised to make the playoffs in 2015 for the first time since 2001.
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